Sunday, May 28, 2017

Blog Watching: Week ending May 28, 2017

An announcement that a project proposed by Transition Prince Rupert has made it to the final stage of a provincial funding competition has caught the interest of the community and led our list of five on the week.

Our readers appear to have found our look  at the McKay Street park redevelopment project to be a good read, as they sought out more about the park concept which is currently up for voting as part of the BCAA Play Here competition.

An LNG item once again was of interest to our readers as our notes on the recent Investors Day Briefing from Woodside Energy proved to be a popular item.

Also cracking the top five on the week,were some items out of Prince Rupert City Hall.

Two of the civic notes came from Tuesday's City Council session, with readers exploring our notes on the City's ongoing disappointment with CN Rail over a waterfront fence that has blocked off public access.

Also of interest this week was the motion from Councillor Blair Mirau seeking to put in place a policy related to how the city handles its increasingly frequent Closed sessions.

A side story that came out of Mayor Brain's quest to get out the vote for the McKay Street Park, was our look at one line from a Facebook item he posted that called attention to some safety concerns from residents in the McKay Street area.

Something which reminded us that a once common public delivery of information to Council from the Prince Rupert RCMP detachment, is a council initiative that City Hall may want to bring back to Council Chambers.  Offering as it does an opportunity to better inform the community on some of the issues that the local Mounties face in the city.

Our top story however, looks at the BCAA Play Here competition and the opportunity to claim $100,000 in funding, a process that the Mayor and Transition Prince Rupert are hopeful of keeping the community engaged in through course of the online voting period.

McKay Street Park project makes for Top Ten Finalist in BCAA Competition -- A proposed re-development in the Kootenay Avenue /McKay Street area has been selected for participation in a province wide funding competition, with Prince Rupert residents quickly taking to their computers to help build the city's on line voting numbers   (posted May 23, 2017)

That article was followed by:

Australian LNG proponent keeps Canadian focus on Kitimat Plans -- Woodside Energy, a global LNG giant based out of Australia hosted its annual Investors Briefing Day this week. And from the information flow came some notes on their Canadian LNG ambitions.  With the Grassy Point proposal north of Prince Rupert starting to fade from view, while a Kitimat option continues to make for much of their focus.   (posted May 24, 2017)

City spat with CN takes spotlight as Seafest weekend approaches -- The controversial waterfront fence will remain up along the CN tracks west of the Rotary Waterfront Park through Seafest, with Mayor Lee Brain  taking the discussion to his social media followers, seeking their assistance in getting his message of disappointment across to the national railway.  (posted May 26, 2017)

A need for more details on McKay Street safety issues -- During the course of his get out the vote efforts for the McKay Street Park, Mayor Brain made note of some community concerns related to safety in that neighbourhood. It's a situation that serves to remind the community that more information from the local RCMP detachment might be a beneficial thing for Council to deliver to the public through the Council session process through the year.    (posted May 25, 2017)

Council looks to move on Mirau's call for more transparency on closed council issues -- The issue of the growing number of closed council sessions hosted at City Hall and the desire to share more information with the public made for a portion of Tuesday's Council session . (posted May 26, 2017)

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