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NIC hosts coal debate

Comox Valley Record, Apr 2, 2014

Students of North Island College Business School are hosting a public debate on the proposed Raven Coal Mine project April 8, with the winner to be decided your votes.

Tuesday, April 8,  8:45 a.m., Room 204 - NIC's Tyee Building.

Compliance Coal’s Raven Coal Mine project seeks to situate itself adjacent to the vibrant Baynes Sound aquaculture industry. Public outcry from organizations such as the BC Shellfish Growers' Association has sought to rally Comox Valley opposition before the company reapplies for environmental review.

The Raven Coal Mine is projected to create over 300 full-time jobs in the Comox Valley, with additional job creation in transportation and support industries, during the project’s estimated 17-year lifespan.

The Raven Coal mine project is estimated to contribute $1.1 billion in total to the region’s economy. Alternatively, the Baynes Sound aquaculture industry is host to approximately 600 sustainable jobs in coastal and rural communities, contributing $28 million annually to B.C.’s economic output.

Selection of either of these conflicting alternatives will shape the long-term economic and cultural landscape of the Comox Valley and northern Vancouver Island as a whole.

North Island College School of Business students Christopher Lefebvre, Mia MacDonald, Kelsey Smith, and Megan White have dedicated countless hours investigating the economic benefits and environmental impacts of coal mining and shellfish production.

Drawing from academic articles, industry reports, and corporate press releases, this debate seeks to both inform and include the communities impacted by the proposed Raven Coal Mine.

The April 8 public debate is free to attend and commences at 8:45 a.m. in Room 204 of North Island College’s Tyee Building.

Recent voting restrictions imposed by the Fair Elections Act will not be enforced.

— North Island College

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