Renewal Northwest tour seeks to balance resource jobs and community values

Prince Rupert – As project applications, approvals and prospects flood northern BC, communities are working to identify the types of projects that are in line with their values and will create good jobs.
“Energy and mining companies worldwide are eyeing the Northwest as a place to invest in projects such as hydroelectric dams, mines, oil and gas pipelines and marine terminals,” says Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP and Opposition House Leader Nathan Cullen.  “This presents extraordinary opportunities and also some pretty big challenges.
“With tens of billions of dollars in resource investment expected in Northwest BC by the end of the decade, communities need to be a key part of the discussion if these projects are to gain social license to proceed.”
Cullen and community partners are hosting discussions this month and next to identify the top criteria that communities want to see for projects to be supported by residents.
The Renewal Northwest tour, titled New Projects, New Challenges, New Opportunities, will engage residents in answering four key questions.  How do we:

  • define and evaluate the key factors that make a project good for the Northwest?
  • influence what projects go ahead?
  • create sustainable rather than boom/bust economies?
  • ensure area residents benefit from responsible resource development?

The first forum is in Prince Rupert on February 17th at Northwest Community College from 7:00-9:00pm.  Other locations are Kitimat, Terrace, Prince George (co-hosted with UNBC), Fort St. James, Burns Lake and Smithers.  Call 1-888-622-0212 or visit our website (Renewal Northwest tab) for updates.

Cullen launched Renewal Northwest in May 2009 while co-chairing the NDP’s national Economic Recovery Task Force.  The communities-based initiative works to develop a sustainable, long-term Northwest economy that is supported by residents.

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