Update regarding CN Property and Seafest

June 05, 2017

Please see below for an update from the Mayor regarding public access to the waterfront at the CN property adjacent to Kwinitsa station. 

 

"CN Waterfront Update:

 

Yesterday [Friday, June 2nd] Councillor Niesh and I met with Sean Finn, Executive Vice-President of Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer for CN regarding potential public beach access down at the waterfront.

 

We had a very collaborative and positive discussion about potential future uses of the property.

 

Councillor Niesh and I made it very clear how the community feels about this issue, and brought forward a number of solutions that could be seen as a win-win for all stakeholders.

 

Mr. Finn agreed to enter into a long term discussion with the City regarding this issue, and will conduct an internal assessment of the property with his operations team.

 

In addition, we agreed that CN and the City will collaborate on conducting further environmental testing of the site in order to fully understand and determine contamination concerns. In the meantime, the fence will remain in place due to public health and safety reasons.

 

Prince Rupert Special Events Society has figured out a solution for the Quick and Daring this year. It will be launched at the Lightering Dock adjacent to the beach (an extended dock will be brought in) thanks to West Coast Launch, the Port of Prince Rupert and City of Prince Rupert collaboration.

 

We ask that all community members please stay off the beach due to health, safety and legal reasons, particularly on Sunday next week at Seafest.

 

I will be communicating directly with Mr. Finn on an on-going basis moving forward. I will apprise the community once we know more. I want to thank CN for their willingness to hear the community on this issue, and to everyone for their patience and understanding on this matter.

 

In your service,

 

Mayor Lee Brain"