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A Message from Mike

Hi everyone,

I am constantly amazed at all the opportunities our region has to pursue and expand on natural resource development.

I was pleased to recently tour East Fraser Fibre with Richard Glazier and meet with Synergy Applied Ecology as well as tour Canfor and Duz Cho Forest products.

This week in the Legislature, I had the opportunity to speak in support of  two pieces of legislation on resource development.

Response to Bill 7: Nisga'a Final Amendment Act
 
Bill 7, the Nisga'a Final Amendment Act 2014, will enable the implementation of a collaborative government-to-government agreement that will provide the Nisga’a Nation with the opportunity to benefit from the emergence of the LNG industry.
 
Response to Bill 8: Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act 

Bill 8, the Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act, recognizes extensive consultation and cooperation between the government and the Nisga'a Nation to remove a small portion of the Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Park to allow for the construction of the Prince Rupert gas transmission pipeline.
 
Connecting B.C. businesses and LNG opportunities

To further cultivate our resource sector, our government launched a new online tool this week to help B.C. businesses prepare for the opportunities that will be provided through our LNG industry.

I'm hoping that you will consider registering for the BC Natural Resource Forum, taking place this upcoming January.



Until next time,

Prince George Constituency Office
Address: 102 - 1023 Central Street West
Prince George, B.C.  V2M 3C9
Phone: (250) 612-4194
Fax: (250) 612-4191

Mackenzie Constituency Office
Address: 140 - 402 Mackenzie Blvd.
Mackenzie, B.C.
V0J 2C0
Phone: (250) 997-5281
Mike.Morris.MLA@leg.bc.ca

mikemorrismla.ca
  

B.C. businesses have a new online tool to help them be ready to tap into the generational opportunities that will be driven by the Liquefied Natural Gas industry.
 
The registry and tool at LNGBuyBC.ca was launched today so companies large and small can prepare and profile their goods and services to proponents and their contractors when the first Final Investment Decision is reached.

Businesses can create online profiles in the LNG-Buy BC online tool that makes their skills and contact information available to other registered businesses to
 help them expand their network, build new partnerships and create new business opportunities.

New cut level set for Mackenzie timber supply area

An allowable annual cut of 4,500,000 cubic metres for the Mackenzie timber supply area.
This increase, due to targeted salvage harvesting of large volumes of accumulated dead pine, is 47.5% more than the 3,050,000 cubic metres per year set in 2001.

Pullout to increase safety at Northwood Stop on Highway 97 North

Construction of a bus pullout lane on highway 97 North near Northwood Pulp Road will increase safety with a $200,000 investment from our government. 

These enhancements made along Highway 97 will improve safety for both motorists and pedestrians. This is important for those in our area who rely on Highway 97 for their livelihoods and mobility.

 
Are you going to the B.C. Natural Resource Forum this upcoming January?

Many speakers from various levels of government and industry will share their ideas about how we can further cultivate our resource sector, including Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association Executive Director Karin Hunt.

Ms. Hunt, a recent graduate of UNBC's Masters Certificate for Program Management and a certified adult instructor, works to share information and knowledge in learning environments. She is a member of the Assembly of First Nations National Technical Working Group on Human Resource Development and has served on the Economic Experts Task Force. She has chaired the BC Aboriginal Human Resource Development Society, served on the Government Non-Profit Initiative Leadership Council, volunteered on the (past) Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Active Measures Working Group and is a member of the Industry Training Authority Aboriginal Advisory Council.

Here at home, Ms. Hunt chairs the Prince George Nechako Urban Aboriginal Working Group, and is a member of the College of New Caledonia President's Council, and the University of Northern British Columbia First Nations Senate.


Come listen, learn and explore the various avenues of how we can expand our natural resource sector.
 

In the community

Myles Matilla, Prince George's first Community Health Star, speaks about his Community Health Star recognition.

Myles has partnered with mindcheck.ca to promote mental health in youth through delivering school presentations.
 
Mike, Jonathon Dyck and Kelsey Yarmish present Myles Mattila with his Community Health Star award. Northern Health's newly launched program will highlight exceptional individuals and their community impact.
 
Mike tours Canfor with Brent Sinclair and Franco Antoniazzi in Mackenzie.

 
Mike tours Duz Cho Forest Products at the new sawmill in Mackenzie with Al Humphreys and Bill Barwise.

Upcoming community events

Special Committee on Local Election Expense Limits 
The Special Committee on Local Election Expense Limits is continuing to invite further public input on principles for local expense limits and has extended the deadline for receiving written submissions to Friday, December 5.

The Committee welcomes written, video and audio file submissions and participation through an on-line questionnaire.  



Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation's Festival of Trees 
At the Prince George Civic Centre.

Admission:
Adults: $5
Students and seniors: $3
Family pass: $10 

Saturday, November 22    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 23   12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday, November 24    9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, November 25    9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, November 26  9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, November 27     9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, November 28    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 29    9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 30  11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cirque du Soleil - DRALION at CN Centre in Prince George
December 31, 2014 to January 4, 2015
Tickets on sale now!


Show schedule:
December 31, 2014 7 p.m.
January 1, 2015 7 p.m.
January 2, 2015 7:30 p.m.
January 3, 2015 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
January 4, 2015 7:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

2015 Canada Winter Games
February 13 to March 1, 2015 
The 2015 Canada Winter Games needs many volunteer to make this a great event. you can apply on their website at canadagames2015.ca, email volunteer@canadagames2015.ca or call Christine at 250-596-2015, extension 207.

Contact Mike

102- 1023 Central Street West
Prince George, B.C.
V2M 3C9


Tel: (250) 612-4194
Fax: (250) 612-4191

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