Sunday, January 26, 2020

Parts of Prince Rupert, including much of Downtown suffered power interruption Sunday afternoon

The lights and power went out shortly after 3 in parts of Prince Rupert
(BC Hydro map)

A good portion of the downtown core and other adjacent areas on the same electrical grid were knocked off line this afternoon with BC Hydro crews attending to a service call shortly after 3 PM.

The scope of the outage was found in the area bounded by Comox Avenue in the South to the North at Manson Way.  To the east the line between the powered and the non powered was just east of McBride, while to the west the power outage went no further than just before the Moresby Park area.

The cause of the incident was said to be a bird contacting their wires.

At the height of the power interruption, some 1300 customers had been affected, Hydro Crews had the power returned by 5 PM, posting their final update to the BC Hydro website at that time.

For a look at past notes on past Hydro outages see our archive page here.

Blog Watching: Week ending January 26, 2020

It would seem that there is a bit of interest in the latest of land arrangements that the City of Prince Rupert has embarked on, with out story on the plans to lease warehouse space adjacent to the Canfisco Plant on George Hills Way to the Prince Rupert Gymnastics Association finding a strong audience following its Friday debut.

The state of water in Prince Rupert was once again a newsworthy theme, that as School District 52 outlined plans to have bottled water used at its facilities in the city.

There could be some positive news brewing for Prince Rupert and the Alaska Marine Highway System with a draft schedule released this week featuring 4 summer sailings per month from May to September

The Charles Hays Rainmakers had a fairly remarkable stay in Vancouver this week, running through the preliminary games with some high tempo basketball, setting a pace to take them to the final of the Emerald Tournament at Vancouver College. However, the Centennial Centaurs dashed any hopes of claiming at tourney championship in the finale.

And the Premier moved a few of his cabinet ministers around and promoted one from the back benches to a seat at the Cabinet table.

However, the most read story of the week explored some themes related to a notice from the City related to a leasing opportunity for a warehouse near Rushbrook Floats.

Surprise leasing plan announcement leaves a few questions seeking answers -- The latest move for the City of Prince Rupert into property management captured some strong attention this week, as large volume of readers explores our notes on the city's leasing plans for a warehouse adjacent the Canfisco fish plant   (posted  January 24, 2020)

That article was followed by:

SD52 students to use bottled water while Board of Education considers solutions to water issues -- The School District has followed up on an announcement from their January 14th Board meeting, advising that only bottled water is in use at the schools of the Prince Rupert School District. As those notes were being released, Mayor Lee Brain provided the city's view of the latest water woes for the School District. The news of the shift to bottled water served as reminder of some of the past water issues found at SD52 facilities in recent years.  (posted January 22 , 2020  )

AMHS  Draft Schedule shows possible May return for Prince Rupert service -- Prince Rupert may be getting back on the Destinations Board for the Alaska Marine Highway System, with a Draft Schedule for 2020 showing summer sailings for May to September. How long even that limited service may remain, may yet be in peril. As we noted on Monday, a Work Group has been established by the Governor of the State to review a report on the Ferry System, with one suggestion including the elimination of the Prince Rupert port call completely. (posted January 21 , 2020)

Rainmakers look for some luck of the Irish at Vancouver College Emerald Tourney --  Fans of the Charles Hays Senior Boys Rainmakers were checking the blog often this week, as we followed the travels of the Makers in Vancouver at a high profile basketball tournament at Vancouver College.  In addition to our tournament preview; our update of Friday  had a strong readership as well.  Check the blog on Monday for a full recap of the trip south with the Makers coming up just a bit short of a tournament win the finale. (posted January 23, 2020 )

NDP shuffle the cabinet as Premier Horgan re-assigns some duties -- A small shuffle around the cabinet table took place this week, with Premier John Horgan bringing in one new face, and re-assigning some duties for others. The shuffle however, did not make for a shift for North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice up to cabinet status this time around. (posted  January 22, 2020)

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

British Columbia Government responds to Ontario notice of suspected case of Wuhan coronavirus

The first suspected case of the Wuhan Coronavirus has been reported in Canada with Ontario officials this afternoon outlining the details of a Toronto resident who recently travelled from China to Canada, subsequently falling ill on January 23rd.

The alert from Ontario has given cause for the British Columbia government and Provincial Health Officer to outline the latest notes from this province as the list of suspected cases outside of the Chinese borders continues to grow.

In a statement released this afternoon, Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, made note of the Ontario development and outlined that the risk for residents in British Columbia is still considered low.

“To date, there have been no cases of illness caused by the novel coronavirus in British Columbia and the overall risk to B.C. is still considered low.

We know our colleagues in Ontario will continue to work with their local health officials and the federal health authorities to ensure every measure is taken to prevent the spread of this virus.

We are closely watching the situation in Canada and globally, and are meeting regularly with our counterparts across the country to make sure we are prepared if cases arise in B.C."

The outline from the British Columbia officials relays some of the steps that the province is taking related to the outbreak from overseas. As well as to offer some guidance for those that may believe that they are at risk or have been in contact with the coronavirus.

“Anyone who is concerned they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, particularly if you have travelled to areas of China where the virus is active or been in contact with ill people from that area, should contact their health-care provider, local public health office or call 811.”

The full statement from Mr. Dix and Doctor Henry can be reviewed here.

The outbreak in China has resulted in a number of lockdowns on some of the largest cities in that country, as well as moves to try to build up health resources for health workers in that nation.

So far, the Chinese government has relayed information that states that 54 residents have died as a result of the virus, with an additional 1,700 plus patients infected.

The global spread for the virus has so far found less than 35 cases in total reported in a number Asian countries, as well as France, Australia, United States and now Canada.

No deaths have been reported so far from those cases.

You can keep up with some of the international developments from  our political blog D'Arcy McGee which has been tracking some of the international stories related to the coronavirus.

In British Columbia, residents can find out more information on the virus as well as on any changes to the situation in this province from the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Should there be any need for information for Northwest residents, those details will be relayed through Northern Health.

Northern Health website
Northern Health Facebook page

For more notes on Health in the region see our archive page here.

For up to date notes on the Canadian and British Columbia response to the virus see our archive page here.

Tracking the response to the Whuan Novel Coronavirus

As the reports of the arrival of the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus continue to increase around the world, we will keep up to date with British Columbia and Canadian advisories and notes through this archive page.

The official information statements from Government and Public Health officials will be listed below:

January 26 -- Statement by Foreign Affairs Minister on travel to Hubei Province in China
January 25 -- Statement by the Federal Minister of Health on the First Presumptive Confirmed Travel-related case of new Coronavirus in Canada
January 25 -- Joint BC statement on first Canadian case of novel coronavirus
January 25 -- Ontario confirms First Case of Whan Novel Coronavirus
January 21 -- Minister of Health, provincial health officer's statement on coronavirus risk

Northern Health website
Northern Health Facebook page

Notes from the North Coast Review, or Northwest media will be found below:

January 25 -- British Columbia government responds to Ontario notice of suspected case of Wuhan cornoavirus  NCR
January 22 -- Province of British Columbia outlines its latest view on the Coronavirus reports from China NCR

For a wider overview of how the national and provincial media is following the story see our daily archives from our political blog.

Ottawa Observations

Victoria viewpoints

Prince Rupert Seawolves and Smithers set to bring Minor Hockey Week to an end for North Coast

Check out some Midget tier hockey this weekend as the Prince Rupert Seawolves
play host to Smithers for games on Saturday and Sunday

A week of celebrating one of Canada's favourite sports is going to go out in style today and tomorrow as the Midget Seawolves take on their guests from Smithers for a a pair of games at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre.

The Two games are part of the focus for Minor Hockey Week in Canada.

The first is set for a puck drop this afternoon at 1:15 as Smithers takes on the PRMHA Canfisco Midget Rep Squad.

Sunday the two teams do it all again with an 9AM start for the early risers.

Some Midget House League play at 5:30 on Sunday wraps up the weekend of hockey.

The two games offer up a sample of some of the play that will be featured in March when the PRMHA hosts the Midget Provincial Championships from March 15 to 19

Next weekend the youngsters of the Initiation Program get to show their stuff with a Tournament for both IP 1 and IP 2 taking place all day Saturday and Sunday, February 1 and 2 from 8 AM to 3:30 PM

You can pretty well drop in anytime over a weekend and check out the progress for the young players of the PRMHA, whether in game action or at practice.

For more notes on Minor Hockey see the PRMHA Website or Facebook page

Further items of interest can be found from our archive page here.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Rampage scoreboard watching this week as CIHL regular season heads into the home stretch

With a week off before their final weekend of play in the regular season, the players on the  Prince Rupert Rampage, as well as their loyal fans, will be spending some of their time watching the CIHL scoreboard this weekend.

And if you listen carefully around town tomorrow night, you may be hearing the chant of GO STEELHEADS GO ...

The Rhinos currently hold down the Top Spot in the tightly contested race for the regular season title, after a very successful trip into the Cariboo last weekend.

As we noted on Monday, the Rampage claimed both victories on Saturday and Sunday as part of the cross province trek into the Central Interior.

Their success on the road making for a one point lead over their rivals in Terrace, with the River Kings looking to overtake the Rupert boys this weekend.

The River Kings head to Smithers Saturday for a 7:30 match up with the Steelheads and should the Smithereens prevail, the road for a Prince Rupert title will get a little bit easier into the final week of the season,  leaving the entire opportunity in the hands of the Rampage next weekend.

Even with a Terrace win, the showdown seems set for Friday night when the Rampage host the River Kings in the first game in a two game home stand at 8PM at the Jim  

The regular season wraps up on home ice for the Rhinos on Saturday night when Hazelton comes to town for a 7 PM start.

That however is all for next weekend, for now, Ramapge fans can get a head start towards putting on some good karma ...  GO STEELHEADS GO

For more notes on the CIHL see our archive page here.

Moderate earthquake rumbles off Vancouver Island Southwest of Port Alberni

A 4.5mg earthquake was recorded off the Coast of
Vancouver Island on Monday afternoon

The latest in a string of moderate temblors to roll up and own the Pacific fault line was recorded this afternoon, as a 4.5 earthquakes was recorded at 1:35 PM centred some 88 kilometres Southwest of Port Alberni.

The seismic event had a depth of 10 kilometres, residents from Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino reported feeling the event, as did some residents on the eastern side of Vancouver Island around the Nanaimo region.

No Tsunami warning was generated by the event.

The mid day quake is the latest of note in the province, earlier this week we outlined the details of a similar sized seismic event that occurred on Monday evening just off the western coast of Haida Gwaii.

For more notes related to seismic activity in British Columbia and Southeast Alaska see our archive page here.