Sunday, February 28, 2010

Podunk Below the Masthead (Friday, February 26, 2010)

Northern BC works the crowd at the Olympics, putting together some talking points for Smithers and the Chamber acknowledges its best, all part of the news cycle for the weekend.

Daily News, front page, headline story
NORTHERN B. C. ON THE PODIUM AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES-- Away from the glow of the medals and the performances, local officials were busy trying to spread the word of economic opportunity in Northern BC, the Daily News outlines the efforts of those involved in the Showcase of Northern BC at the Vancouver games.

British Columbia Communities from 100 Mile House north and west to Haida Gwaii have been busy putting together resolutions of interest, all to be presented to North Central Local Government Association AGM which is planned for Smithers from May 5-7. Among the Prince Rupert concerns will be municipal funding, ferries, EI, fishing and empty schools, the deadline for the writing up their thoughts is March 5.

The latest developments for Naikun were explored in the Daily News, as we outlined on the blog last week, Naikun is currently in the midst of layoffs , reducing the work force of 17 employees by 25 percent. A financial plan  designed to conserve cash until further word is heard from BC Hydro and their Clean Power Call which may involved Naikun's Haida Gwaii wind power project.

Basketball again was the main attraction of the Sports section, with a review of the PRSS Rainmakers upset at the provincial finals and salute to the culture of basketball in the city at some of its key levels.

(Archive for Daily News Articles for February 26, 2010 )

The Northern View
Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce hands out business excellence awards -- Shaun Thomas is on the dinner circuit this weekend with a review of the Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards from Saturday night (see article here)

CFTK TV 7 News
No new items were posted to the CFTK website on Friday.

CBC News British Columbia, Daybreak North
No new items were posted to the CBC Daybreak site for Friday

The full list of current Daybreak North Interviews can be found here

The Daily News
Northern B.C. on the podium at the Olympic Games
By Monica Lamb-Yorski
The Daily News
Friday, February 26, 2010 

Northern B.C. was front and centre at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games on
Feb. 23.

More than 150 delegates experienced the Prince George and a Northern Decade for British Columbia Showcase at Vancouver’s Robson Square.

Shaun Stevenson, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for the Prince Rupert Port Authority, has been in Vancouver this week and attended the showcase.

“We’ve been meeting with shippers, ocean carriers and new terminal developers through a number of roundtables,” Stevenson said. “Everything from Japanese coal buyers looking at the ports of Prince Rupert and Vancouver. There has been a great deal of things going on. I have been here to represent the port.”

Hosted by Initiatives Prince George, the Showcase focused on Northern B.C.

“This diverse region boasts propulsive trade and investment opportunities in transportation & logistics, forestry, mining, green energy, and industrial development. Northern B.C. is also home to the Port of Prince Rupert’s new Fairview Container Terminal, the first Asia-North America trade corridor in 100 years. This state of the art terminal provides shippers with unparalleled reliability, speed and cost efficiencies in moving their products between Asia and North American markets,” stated Initiatives Prince George in a press release.

The Showcase is part of a larger series of events and outreach opportunities to promote British Columbia’s core industries, diverse regions and communities, and investment and job-creation potential.

Events promoting every region are taking place throughout Vancouver and Whistler, including the BC International Media Centre (BCMC), BC Showcase and the Asia Pacific Business Centre at Robson Square, the BC Canada Pavilion at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Terminal City Club, and the Whistler Discovery Centre.

According to Stevenson, Initiatives Prince George had been planning the showcase over the last three years to be part of the platform at the 2010 Olympics.

“There have been a number of events here to bring businesses together and explore opportunities for investment in B.C. Overall the 2010 Olympics were always positioned as a way to leverage the profile of our province. We’ve participated where it’s practical to put Prince Rupert on the map,” Steveson added.

Stevenson said people in the business of shipping are aware of Prince Rupert, but not always aware of new opportunities. “I also attended a lunch hosted by CN on Wednesday.”

Correction: preamble in the Naikun story above has been changed to reflect the lay off situation at the company, original copy said that there had been 17 lay offs at the company, it should have read  "lay offs to their workforce of 25 percent", we apologize for the error.  


Doug McClelland, Director of Communications, NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc. said...

Your posting says NaiKun Wind laid off 17 people or 25% of its workforce. Actually, the company laid off 4 people, which is roughly 25% of its staff.

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No excuse for my error, should have said in the preamble, "laid off 25 percent of it's workforce of 17", have added a correction to the copy to reflect that fact.

Thank you for alerting me to the error.