Only 8 members of the public showed up to the Port Alberni Port Authority annual general meeting yesterday, despite controversy swirling around raw log exports and the CanTimber project. Those in attendance were China Creek campers and Clutesi Havena Marina tenants.
Of the 18 port authorities in Canada, Port Alberni is the smallest, generating annual income of $5 million, compared to the $200 million the Port of Vancouver brings in.
While Port Alberni deals with a million tons of loaded products every year, Vancouver deals with 240 million tons.
Still, the Port Authority has plans to increase those numbers through their proposed trans-shipment hub which remains an organizational priority according to Board chair Ron Crema.
Crema said the Board has had some preliminary meetings with Transport Minister Marc Garneau, and hope to host him here at some point this summer.