Ottawa announces upgrades to Douglas Channel, Kitimat, navigation systems

The federal government today announced that it is going to spend $9,127,000 through the Western Diversification Program to support  ”the development of Ocean Networks Canada’s (ONC) Smart Oceans BC program” to upgrade radar and other navigation aids on the BC coast. … Continue reading

Kitimat votes: High turnout expected for Gateway ballot but what will the results mean to Kitimat?

A high turnout is expected Saturday for the non-binding plebiscite where residents of the District of Kitimat can, perhaps, say yes or no to the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. In some ways, it all depends on how people interpret the … Continue reading

Kitimat votes: Ross calls Gateway plebsicite “late in the day” and “slap in the face”

Haisla Nation chief counsellor Ellis Ross has written a letter to Kitimat media sharply critizing the upcoming plebiscite on the Enbridge Northern Gateway project Enbridge trying to buy Social Licence This late in the day, a poll of its residents … Continue reading

Kitimat Votes: Douglas Channel Watch not anti-development Minchin says

In a letter to Northwest Coast Energy News, Murray Minchin says accusations that Douglas Channel Watch is “anti-development” is far from the truth:   Dear Editor, Things are heating up in Kitimat as the April 12th Enbridge plebiscite gets closer. … Continue reading

Kitimat Votes: 25th anniversary of Exxon Valdez disaster looms over Northern Gateway plebiscite

On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez plowed into Bligh Reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound,  spilling 260,000 to 750,000 barrels or 41,000 to 119,000 cubic metres of crude oil. That was 25 years ago. The media loves anniversary … Continue reading

Kitmat Votes: What the Joint Review Panel said about the Exxon Valdez disaster

Excerpts from the Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel report relating to the Exxon Valdez disaster. Northern Gateway told the Joint Reivew Panel that on a worldwide basis, all data sets show a steady reduction in the number and size of … Continue reading

Kitimat Votes: Douglas Channel Watch soft launches new website

The Kitimat environmental group Douglas Channel Watch has soft launched a new website. It can be found at At the moment the site redirects to the web designer site, as that company continues to build the site. Full operation … Continue reading

Kitimat Votes: Northern Gateway plebiscite campaigns ramping up with three weeks to go

  With about three and half weeks to go, the campaigning on the for and against sides for the April 12 Kitimat plebiscite on the Joint Review Panel report on the Northern Gateway has been relatively low key up until … Continue reading

Kitimat Votes: Enbridge to hold two plebiscite campaign open houses in Kitimat

Enbridge Northern Gateway will hold two campaign Open Houses to push the yes side for the upcoming Kitimat plebiscite on the controversial project. Sources have told Northwest Coast Energy News that the first Open House, hosted by Northern Gateway President, … Continue reading

To plebiscite or not to plebiscite, that is still the question

District of Kitimat Council will take another look at the Northern Gateway project plebiscite next Monday, March 3, when it considers a motion from Councillor Phil Germuth to cancel the vote altogether. This Monday, February 24, Council voted to cancel … Continue reading