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ICBA Continues Push to Get Projects to Yes

Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 5:53 AM

Prince George,  B.C. – The Chair of the Board,  the President  and Senior Vice President  on hand,  the ICBA  held  a meet and greet in Prince George last evening.

The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association opened an office in Prince George last November, and since that time, has been busy  connecting with  people throughout the north  to  join the  call to  have projects approved so  workers can get to work.

Since arriving in Prince George, the ICBA has  supported two  major  rallies, one in  Terrace,  another in Fort St. John,    and pumped dollars into trades training at the College of New Caledonia.  It’s part of their strategy  to  raise the voices of  those who  don’t agree with the people Board Chair Rick Boates   describes as “those who say no to everything”.  Boates says if anyone can develop resources responsibly, it is  British Columbia.

Prince George- Mackenzie MLA  Mike Morris  was on  hand  and reminded the  group  BC is  the economic powerhouse in Canada right now,  and  proposed projects can keep that momentum going.  With Prince George  the centre  for highways,  and  having  good rail  access,   he said    resource development    could see Prince George become  a  major industrial centre.

Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall echoed those comments,  noting  there is significant development happening in the City at the moment with the Riverbend Seniors complex and the major Inland Kenworth  development  underway.  He hinted there  is more good news on the horizon.



It’s great to know that there’s an advocate for environmentally responsible and sustainable job creation in this province, especially in the resource-rich north. The vocal small minority shouting ‘NO’ to every imaginable type of industrial development north of the 49th parallel and east of the Pacific Ocean needs to hear from the silent majority of this province.

Sustainable extractivism is an oxymoron . Once you’ve finished extracting everything for export all you have left is a hollowed out ecology and a collapsed economy . The island of Nauru is a perfect example of this kind of logic/false logic .

    That’s absolutely ridiculous. Nauru is 21 square kilometres in size and has a population less than 10,000 people. Canada is 10 million square kilometres in size and has a population of over 35 million people.

    Absolutely everything that every human being on this planet uses (energy, food, textiles, metals, water, windmills, toothbrushes, shopping carts, breast implants, hearing aids, tongue depressors, Iphones, wife-beater T-shirts, etc., etc., etc.) is either grown or mined. Those are your two choices, period.

      You missed the point of the article and the Nauru island nation analogy . Both are about extractivism and nothing to do with value added products . Nice rant though , even if it was pointless .

    Ataloss, are you suggesting that we STOP mining and extracting the materials that are used to manufacture solar panels, wind mills and batteries?

    Hurry up and get on that, ok!

      No I am not . I just don’t agree with calling extratavism , sustainable because it’s not . Once whatever is extracted is gone , it’s gone for ever . And those wonderful railroad and truck driving jobs aren’t going to be there for long . Did you see the latest driverless truck convoy snaking its way across the states with several different makes and models ? Most of the rail locomotives being manufactured today are mostly automated . How long before the engineman is redundant ? Not very long . The troubles with our economy can only be solved by our leadership ending this election cycle thinking .

What in the world does a ridiculous rant about extratavism (sic) have to do with workers being replaced by technology? That’s a different Luddite rant.

‘Hey Jeb, I hear that wooden wagons wheels are going to be replaced in the near future with metals ones and there’s even some weird new technology coming called a ‘tire’. It’s made out of some new-fangled material called ‘rubber’, whatever that is. We better get ourselves down to the Town Crier’s office and spread they news that the elites of this valley want to take away our jobs manufacturing wooden wagon wheels. I’ve even heard that something called a ‘machine’ can produce more than one ‘tire’ in a single shift, displacing dozens of hard-working wooden wagon wheel makers. It’s outrageous.’

Prince George become a major industrial center?? I thought it already was.

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