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Prince Rupert year in review: December 2013
Pinnacle and Lax Kw'alaams forge partnership
Just days after the first ship left Westview Terminal, Pinnacle Renewable Resources announced a partnership with Coast Tsimshian Resources to construct a wood pellet plant in Terrace. Coast Tsimshian, which is owned by the Lax Kw'alaams Band, Is supplying the fibre for the project while Pinnacle is providing the manufacturing and export capabilities.
Jingle Bell Express cancelled
After more than a decade of operation, the Jingle Bell Express was cancelled for 2013. The annual train ride with Santa was not able to happen as the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce missed a deadline to secure the lines and the VIA Rail train, but organizers questioned whether it would return due to increased rail traffic in the region.
CityWest drops cellular service
Citing the cost upgrading infrastructure to support the latest smartphone technology, CityWest announced on Dec. 13 that it would be pulling out of the cellular market. The company made the move while also signing a partnership with Telus that allows the telecommunications giant to bring its cell phones and networks into Prince Rupert. CityWest was not clear about when its network would cease operations, but hoped to have customers transitioned to Telus by the second quarter of 2014.
RTI cleared of coal dumping
Eight months after the investigation into allegations of coal dumping began, Environment Canada cleared Ridley Terminals of dumping coal into the harbour as reported in April. However, sources on the site questioned the validity of the investigation as divers were not used and alleged a conflict of interest in having a federal agency investigate a federally-owned terminal.
Panel recommends Enbridge
The Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel recommended the federal government approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, subject to 209 conditions, in its Dec. 29 report. The recommendation will now go to cabinet, which has 180 days to approve or reject it. News of the recommendation was met with swift opposition from elected officials and environmental groups in Prince Rupert.