Now in it?s third year, this year?s Northeast B.C. Coal Forum is being co-hosted by Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd as well as the Chambers of Commerce from both communities. The theme, ?Seeking the Balance?, aims to explore issues related to sustainability. Social, economic and environmental sustainability issues will be highlighted at the forum. According to Ray Proulx, Economic Development Officer for Tumbler Ridge, the purpose of the event is to create a venue for government of all levels, the coal industry and the communities that serve them. At the forum, issues that have arisen due to the resurgence of coal development in the area, will be discussed. It is shaping up to be an engaging event for all participants.
Panel discussions exploring the future of coal based industries, project presentations and updates from regional coal producers, Q & A?s periods and discussions and debates from the audience is creating a fine balance for this years forum.
The Coal Forum has secured Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, to give the keynote address at the opening reception October 10th. A generous donation by the South Peace Economic Development Commission has made this possible.
The Minister of State for Mining, Honourable Kevin Krueger, will be giving the keynote address October 11th.
Northern Lights College(NLC) is hosting the Mining Trade & Employment Fair October 10th, noon to 5pm. It is necessary to register through NLC as soon as possible to get ideal locations. Call 242-5591.
The Tumbler Ridge Community Centre Curling Arena will be the centre of the Coal Forum. For more information, contact Ray Proulx at (250) 242-4242. Registration forms are available at Town Hall and online at www.tumblerridge.ca . Deadline for registration is September 26th.