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Taylor and Fort St. John say the exploitation of the North has begun

first_imgIn a press release late Thursday, the two communities say Minister Oakes, Minister for Community Sport and Cultural Development is confusing the public and making incorrect statements about the Fair Share agreement.In a statement to the Vancouver Sun, Minister Oakes said the province paid northeast municipalities $26 million more than it collected in rural property tax from the industry last year under the deal.  Going on to say “The current Fair Share agreement is simply unsustainable and not reflective of the amount of money government is actually receiving from the rural property tax.”According to Fort St. John and the District of Taylor, the Minister fails to point out that since 2003, the Province has taken over $20 billion in land sales, royalties and other taxes out of Northeast B.C.  Communities in this area over that same time received less than half of one per cent of all the revenue collected by the Province.- Advertisement -Net Cash Expenditures | Create infographicsMayor Ackerman, in a press release stated, “The Province should be thinking about supporting development of the municipal infrastructure on which it’s Site C and LNG projects are completely dependent. Their actions are counterproductive to the best interests of all parties, industry, local business, our citizens and the Province.”District of Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser believe the reputation of the Province is in jeopardy. “If they are prepared to tear up our existing MOU, whose agreement is safe? Obviously no ones. The Province is demanding ‘Give us your industrial tax base.”The two communities say they will be meeting with industry in the future to warn them that the Province is jeopardizing their ability to accommodate their growing workforce and families.Advertisementlast_img read more

DONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: ST MICHAEL’S V BUNDORAN

first_imgColm McFadden will be hoping he can fire St Michael’s to victory against Bundoran in the Donegal SFC this weekend.St Michael’s welcome Bundoran to The Bridge on Saturday evening in their opening group game of this year’s 2014 Donegal SFC. St Michael’s have had a mixed bag of results all year in the All-County League Division One, but on their day are as good as any team in Donegal.St Michael’s can boast the services of county stars Martin McElhinney, Colm McFadden and Christy Toye and reached the county final in 2011. They were narrowly defeated that year by a Michael Murphy inspired Glenswilly side.Since that county final appearance St Michael’s have failed to build on the expectation to would land a county championship.Four Masters knocked them out at the quarter-final stage in 2012 and last year they failed to get out of the group stages having failed to win a single match.However, there’s no doubting that on their day they’re capable of beating anyone in Donegal and are many pundits dark horses for this year’s championship. Bundoran have had a solid campaign in Division Two so far this year, and will approach this game with confidence having drawn with St Michael’s in the championship last season.They’re a tough, well organised physical side and they’ll believe they can get a positive result.With home advantage and a quality squad, it’s a game St Michael’s should win.With formidable away games to come against Kilcar and Glenswilly, it’s essential they get off to a winning start.VERDICT – ST MICHAEL’S DONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: ST MICHAEL’S V BUNDORAN was last modified: September 25th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bundoranDonegal SFCnewsSportSt Michaelslast_img read more