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Old January 29th, 2006, 01:41 AM   #81
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well, that's pretty spiffy about my former hometown...
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Old February 4th, 2006, 02:21 AM   #82
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Here're some Rupert photos that I decided to take today because it finally stopped raining (it has been raining for about one and a half months, if not more, with a day break of non-rain every three weeks or so). I took them while the car was moving, so some pictures may be blurry.



Charles Hays Secondary School, aka the better high school in town.





An apartment by McDonald's, outside of downtown Prince Rupert. 11 or 12 stories? I dunno.



Courthouse.



Highliner Inn + you can see the rest of the Rupert Square parking lot.



Inn on the Harbour + La Gondola's.



Empty lot beside old Dairy Queen.



Old Dairy Queen.



The Performing Arts Centre, where it holds performances and can seat 700 people.
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Old February 4th, 2006, 03:01 AM   #83
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nice shots Id like to see more if you get time!
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Old February 4th, 2006, 03:33 AM   #84
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Here're some Rupert photos that I decided to take today because it finally stopped raining (it has been raining for about one and a half months, if not more, with a day break of non-rain every three weeks or so). I took them while the car was moving, so some pictures may be blurry.



Charles Hays Secondary School, aka the better high school in town.

HEY! PRSS IS WAY BETTER!!!!! i went to both of them.

wow, nothing seems to have changed. you should go past my old house and take a picture of it for me...
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Old February 7th, 2006, 10:19 PM   #85
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I don't really know whether this is good or bad that Harper's decided to cancel the sale of this terminal, but the future is looking brighter for Rupert and Northern BC anyways! I'm shocked at how under capacity that terminal has been operating.

Tumbler Ridge's been a half-ghost town since the early 1990s. It's time that BC's newest town started seeing a better future. A bit off topic, but if you think housing in Rupert's ridiculously cheap - you ain't seen Tumbler Ridge. You could actually get a single-family house a few years ago there for as little as $2K-3K!

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006

Harper cancels sale of B.C. shipping terminal

VANCOUVER (CP) - The federal government has cancelled the sale of the Ridley Island shipping terminal in Prince Rupert, B.C., to an Ontario company.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced at a caucus meeting in Ottawa on Tuesday that he had signed the papers cancelling the deal with Fortune Minerals Ltd. of London, Ont. The Ridley terminal, built in the 1980s, is an ice-free, deepwater harbour.

It was originally built as a Crown facility by the federal government at a cost to taxpayers of $250 million to load and ship coal from the Quintette and Bullmoose mines at Tumbler Ridge in northeast B.C.

The other strategic reason for its importance is that it is the western terminus for the CN Railway and the closest port in North America to Asia.

Over the last several years, with coal prices in the dumps and Quintette and Bullmoose shut down, the future of Ridley looked bleak.

The previous Liberal government said it wanted to sell the property because it said it was costing taxpayers $500,000 a month in subsidies to operate.

But the future of coal has recently brightened, especially due to China's booming economy, which caused other companies to show an interest in the way the terminal is operated.

New coal mines are being developed in B.C. and Alberta and Ridley management estimates that coal shipments will increase dramatically over the next several years.

Last year, only 1.3 million tonnes of coal was shipped and the terminal's capacity is 16 million tonnes.

A group calling itself the Ridley Shippers Coalition and consisting of about five shippers want to run the terminal as a non-profit co-operative. Fortune wanted to run it as a for-profit venture.

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Old February 22nd, 2006, 04:57 AM   #86
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 08:27 AM   #87
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actually, i've heard that it's a good thing that he did it. apparently it would have ass****ed rupert even more if they sold it. that's just what i've heard. i may be totally wrong
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Old June 17th, 2006, 07:19 AM   #88
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Some new Prince Rupert news:

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JUNE 6, 2006 - 09:00 ET

WestPac LNG Corporation: Approval Process Begins for Prince Rupert LNG Terminal

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - June 6, 2006) - WestPac LNG Corporation is proposing to build a $350 million dollar Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) receipt and transshipment terminal on Ridley Island, an industrial park 11 kilometres outside of this northern port city. The Calgary-based company has formally begun the environmental assessment and regulatory review process by filing its Project Description with the Prince Rupert Port Authority. (more... )

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New era for Skeena mill site starts today

By Sarah Fox, The Daily News
Published: Friday, June 16, 2006

Another huge step on the road to reopening the Prince Rupert Pulp Mill was taken yesterday when Sun Wave Forest Ltd. bought the Watson Island land that the idled mill rests upon.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the company,” said Susanna Xu, president of Sun Wave Forest Products, the B.C. division of the China Paper Group (CPG).

“We have had a lot of support and cooperation from all the stakeholders and are pleased to take this important step towards the re-start of the pulp mill.”...

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CNR buying 50 new locomotives
Thu, June 15, 2006
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Fifty new locomotives for Canadian National Railway Co. will be finished at Electro-Motive Diesel Inc.’s London factory.

MONTREAL -- Canadian National Railway Co. said yesterday it is buying 50 more locomotives from Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. to haul traffic to and from the new intermodal terminal at the port of Prince Rupert, B.C. (more... )
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Old June 17th, 2006, 07:35 AM   #89
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New shopping centre

Royop Corporation

Prince Rupert Commercial is a 25 acre site anchored by large national retailers, which are yet to be announced. Prince Rupert is the location of Canada’s second container port with direct shipping and receiving containers coming in and then being directed all over North America. This container port is set to bring in workers from all over Canada and add to Prince Rupert’s economy. This is a great opportunity for retailers and restaurants due to the Prince Rupert’s forecast for high growth.





I think it is also requesting to increase the size from 16 acres to 25 acres of land by buying more property from the BC Hydro site. More big box stores , but at least Rupertites can save fuel instead of driving to Terrace.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 02:37 AM   #90
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That's good news to see other communities up north booming. Hopefuly everything turns out well, it would be nice to see prince rupert take off in job creation and population growth.
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Looks like at least one developer's already bullish about Prince Rupert.
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Old March 31st, 2007, 06:49 AM   #92
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Prince George Developments

Finally !! Its about time.

CN Announces Inland Container Port Plan
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Friday, March 30, 2007 01:31 PM




First Avenue rail yard wil be site of CN's inland container port

CN has announced it will construct a $20-million inland container port at its First Avenue yard in Prince George.

This will be for the export of containerized products to and from Asian markets through the new Port of Prince Rupert, rail/maritime intermodal facility.

“The new Prince George terminal is an important part of the Pacific Gateway Strategy as it will maximize the potential of new port capacity at Prince Rupert,” says Peter Marshall, CN senior vice-president, Western Region.

“The Prince George facility is ideally located to tap backhaul export opportunities, filling empty containers moving to Asia via Prince Rupert with lumber, panels, woodpulp and paper, as well as ores, plastics and some metals products. It will help CN maximize revenue potential generated from the new terminal at Prince Rupert, and create new economic and employment opportunities in northern B.C.,” says Marshall.

The new facility, with an 84,000 square-foot warehouse and 10 acres of outside storage, is expected to open in fall 2007. It will load containers with products arriving at the facility by rail or truck. The loaded containers will then be lifted onto railway flatcars at CN’s new adjacent intermodal rail yard, and daily service will be offered from this terminal to the Port of Prince Rupert.
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Old March 31st, 2007, 11:10 PM   #93
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oh wow, you guys are lucky. we are still waiting to see if we are gonna get an inland port in kamloops.
it'll be a great economic spinoff for pg
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Old March 31st, 2007, 11:50 PM   #94
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This is definately good news for Prince George. This along with the runway extension to 11 400ft should help make Prince George a great distribution hub at sometime in the future. I have heard recently that the feds have delayed funging for the runway extension for 3 months to go over the business plan. Nevertheless I am sure it will go ahead.
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Old April 1st, 2007, 02:00 AM   #95
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good thread , now some pics please?
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Old April 1st, 2007, 06:13 PM   #96
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I am graduating here at UNB in about 2 weeks and will be in Prince George in early may, if I can manage to find a camera I will definately go for a nice long walk and take some pictures. Here is one I found on the net though.

A guy named Andy Fan took this picture, I hope he doesn't mind me posting it, he does have some nice pictures however and can be looked at http://www-mtl.mit.edu/~fana/
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Old April 5th, 2007, 05:56 AM   #97
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Home prices soaring


by PAUL STRICKLAND

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Average sale prices of Prince George homes are up almost 20 per cent in the past three months and have risen more than 32 per cent in the past year, figures released Tuesday by the B.C. Northern Real Estate Board reveal.
During the first quarter of this year, 243 single-family detached houses sold for an average of $232,951. In the first quarter of 2006, the average price of 244 homes sold was $176,172.

The average price at the end of last year, calculated from the sale value of all 1,257 homes sold during 2006, was $195,943.

Average prices for a single-detached home have advanced about 19 per cent beyond that in just three months.

"Most areas are experiencing a shortage of good, available properties and we are seeing inventory levels dropping as low as a two-and-a-half-month supply of listings," board president Glen Holling said Tuesday.

"This, together with low residential building starts in some areas, along with steady demand will likely have the effect of causing further price increases," he said. "Real estate in northern B.C. continues to be a good investment for the long term."

In the west part of Prince George, the median price of the 81 single-family homes that have sold through the Multiple Listing Service was $223,000 with an average time to sell of 32 days. In the area east of the Bypass, the 59 single-family houses that sold had a median price of $175,000, and those homes took an average of 42 days to sell, according to figures provided by the board.

In the northern part of the city, in the Hart, 41 single-detached houses sold with a median price of $247,000 and took 37.5 days to sell, the board said.

In the southwest sector of the city, which includes College Heights, 59 houses have sold since January with a median price of $294,750. These houses were on the market for an average of 40 days, the board said.

A median price is the price of the house in the middle of the list of the sale prices of all homes that changed hands during a quarter or year. The average price is derived from adding together the value of all homes sold and dividing by the number of homes sold during the time period in question.

During the first three months of this year, 415 properties of all types, worth a total of $83.6 million, changed hands within the city. At the end of last month, there were 534 properties of all types listed within city limits, the board said.

Throughout the entire region, which extends from 100 Mile House through Fort Nelson and from Prince Rupert to the Alberta border, sales reached a record $244 million for the total value of all properties sold in the first three months of this year. This is up 35 per cent from the same period last year and almost double the $125.8 million of the first quarter of 2005. The number of properties included in this total was 1,327, up slightly from the 1,298 properties that changed hands in the first quarter of 2006.

"The various markets in the northern two-thirds of the province continue to provide marketing challenges as each community has its own unique set of circumstances contributing to the real estate market," Holling said.

"Oil and gas exploration in the north has slowed, mining activity in the Williams Lake and Smithers areas has increased, and some areas are experiencing growth thanks to the construction of the container port in Prince Rupert," he observed. "Mortgage rates continue to be reasonable, and all pundits call for a continuation of these historically low rates.

"We are cautiously optimistic that all our markets will do as well as last year or better."

In Mackenzie there have been 13 sales this year compared to nine during the same period last year. The total value of these properties was $1.37 million this year, compared to $591,900 last year.

On average, houses in Mackenzie took 72 days to sell this year, down from 118 days in 2006. As of March 31 there were 25 properties in all categories for sale in that
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wow house are rather cheap to buy in pg. i wish they were that cheap in kamloops, i would have bought one buy now.
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Old April 7th, 2007, 09:42 PM   #100
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^ great pics. is that UNBC?
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