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TELUS looking to install monopole in Port Alice

By Kathy O'Reilly, North Island Eagle,  April 9 2021

In response to increasing demand for enhanced wireless services in the Village of Port Alice, TELUS has been engaged with the Village to explore locations to place a new cell tower.  “We have identified a site on municipal property and are seeking feedback from the community through the public consultation process,” said Liz Sauvé, manager communications, TELUS public relations.

“This location will enable us to dramatically improve service to the community of Port Alice and parts of the inlet, enhancing the safety of travel throughout the broader community,” Sauvé said. 

TELUS is proposing the slimmest tower possible, which is called a monopole. 

“Notably, TELUS is the only telecommunications provider that has invested to build wireless towers to bring service to this area, and we look forward to moving forward quickly so that we can further enhance service for the benefit of residents. We look forward to engaging with residents and keeping the community updated as we move forward.”

“It’s greatly needed and it’s a great thing for the village and the residents,” said Port Alice Mayor Kevin Cameron.

It is hard to get coverage sometimes because of the mountains that surround the community, so “our service would be hugely improved not only in town” but in the Neroutsos Inlet generally, Cameron said.  There would be “no more dropped calls and better service all around.” 


Photo — TELUS artist rendering

TELUS is looking to erect a monopole in Port Alice to improve cell phone service.

Team approach taken to raise sunken barge

By Kathy O'Reilly, North Island Eagle,  April 9 2021

The Alaska Plaza barge that sank at the Port McNeill B.C. ferry dock on Dec. 25, 2020 is on land and being dismantled.

The 80-foot, two-story steel accommodation barge is owned and operated by Croman Corp. of Oregon, US.

The Canadian Coast Guard worked with the owner of the barge, the ‘Namgis First Nation, and the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy to respond to the sunken barge in a unified command-coordinated approach, said Michelle Imbeau, Communications Advisor for the Canadian Coast Guard, Fisheries and Oceans Canada. “The owner took appropriate measures in cooperation with the Canadian Coast Guard and response partners,” Imbeau said.

In January, a comprehensive lift and salvage plan was initially developed by the owner and approved by the response partners. Specialized heavy lift equipment was contracted by the barge owner to lift the barge in mid-February, however the mission was halted as the barge was too heavy.

In February and March, divers were contracted to cut off the entire top section of the barge.

“After many delays due to weather, and several weeks of work, tens of thousands of pounds of steel was removed from the barge by the divers via underwater torching,” she said. 


Photo — Colmor Marine & Salvage Facebook

The Alaska Plaza barge that sank at the Port McNeill B.C. ferry dock on Dec. 25, 2020 is on land and being dismantled.


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