Ferry named: BC Ferries held an official naming ceremony for its first Salish-Class vessel in Poland this week.
Salish Orca is the first of three vessels under construction at Remontowa Shipbuilding SA in Gdansk, Poland.
Salish Orca will replace the 50-year-old Queen of Burnaby on the Little River-Westview run next fall.
It was named according to maritime tradition by the vessel sponsor Margaret McDonagh, BC Ferries senior chief steward on the Queen of Burnaby.
According to BC Ferries, the name Salish Orca was chosen to honour the Coast Salish people and the Salish Sea where the ship will operate.
The three ships are being built dual-fuel, capable of running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) or ultra low sulphur diesel. According to BC Ferries, the use of LNG will lower fuel costs and improve carbon emissions.
Powell River has been selected as one of 56 BC communities to receive grants-in-lieu of property taxes.
BC government announced $17.3 million in compensation for municipalities on Wednesday, November 25.
Powell River will receive $43,748.90 to reimburse for services benefitting government properties such as sewers, roads and fire protection.
The grants are payable on land owned by the provincial government, such as courthouses.