Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Metlakatla members offered chance to take the Deep Dive ... into ongoing treaty negotiations

A chance for Metlakatla First Nation members to get an update on the treaty negotiating process is coming up later this month with the second of a virtual meeting program set for Thursday, July 23rd.

What's being called a 'Deep Dive" into the process with provide background on the content of the current draft of the Treaty, part of an ongoing consultation process on the treaty negotiations.

The session to take place by Zoom requires registration, which you can learn more about here.

As part of the registration process, participants are also asked a few questions related to how the treaty engagement will work and what expectations that members may have from it.

Some of the questions for Metlakatla residents on treaty negotiations
(click to enlarge)


The engagement session will take place from 2 to 5PM on the 23rd.

You can learn more about the process and how to participate from the Metlakatla website and Facebook page.

A Resource page for Metlakatla members can be explored here.

For more notes related to the Metlakatla First Nation see our archive page here.



Northern Health seeks your opinion on Northern BC's Grand Challenges on youth mental health and substance use

Northern Health is looking for some further comment on the challenges for youth, families and providers when it comes to mental health and substance use in the North, as they put the focus on the wrap up to a summer survey and expand on their work over the last few months.

During that period youth, families and providers from the North have identified over 1,600 “Grand Challenges” to improve child/youth mental health and substance use care and outcomes in Northern communities.

Northern Health has taken those responses and condensed into themes, which were then narrowed down to 30 priorities through additional ranking.

In this final round of the survey, the Health Authority asking you to provide your thoughts and feedback on some of the identified top challenges.

The top-rated challenges from this survey will be selected for upcoming work by a group of regional partners collaborating to improve care and outcomes.

The survey is available on the Northern Health website.

As a way of saying thanks for your participation and feedback, at the end of the survey participants  will be provided the opportunity to enter your email for a chance to win one of five $50 Amazon gift cards.

Last year, Northern Health introduced a new mobile unit to bring mental health and addictions help to the Northwest, you can learn more about that initiative here.

To date however, there has not been much more noted about the program since it launched in 2019.

For more notes related to Northern Health see our archive page.




Monday, July 13, 2020

62 new cases of COVID-19 recorded over weekend

The three day reporting gap that a Monday brings, delivered a bit of a startling jump in the number of reported cases of COVID-19 with an average of 20 cases a day relayed by Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix at this afternoon's briefing.

“Today, we are providing case updates for three 24-hour reporting periods. In the first reporting period from July 10 to July 11, we had 21 new cases. From July 11 to July 12, we had 20 new cases and in the last 24 hours, we have had a further 21 new cases. 

 “This represents 62 new cases since we reported on Friday, for a total of 3,115 cases in British Columbia.  There are 208 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,718 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 14 individuals are hospitalized, five of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation." 

When it comes to the province wide breakdown the data was distributed as follows:

1,012 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,643 in the Fraser Health region, 135 in the Island Health region, 209 in the Interior Health region, 65 in the Northern Health region, which continues the Northern region string of returns with no increases.

51 cases were recorded when it comes to people who reside outside of Canada.

Doctor Henry also made note of two passings over the weekend.

 “There have been two new COVID-19 related deaths in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, for a total of 189 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 “There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, two long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility have active outbreaks. "

The public health officials also made note of some high profile cases from the Interior Health Authority, both industrial and community related.

"There is one new isolation order and community exposure events are continuing to occur. “Interior Health has issued an isolation order for Krazy Cherry Fruit Co. in Oliver due to two positive COVID-19 cases associated with this farm. Public health teams are monitoring the situation closely and have placed restrictions on those living and working on the farm to limit the potential for further transmission. 

Interior Health has also issued alerts for community exposure events in the Kelowna downtown and waterfront area between June 25 and July 9. 

Anyone who was at the Discovery Bay Resort from July 1 to 5 and Boyce Gyro Beach Lodge on July 1 is directed to self-isolate. Anyone who was at Cactus Club on Water Street from July 3 to 6 and Pace Spin Studio on July 2, 4, 5, 7 to 9 is asked to monitor themselves and contact public health immediately to arrange to get tested should symptoms develop."


The full report from Monday is available here


The BC Centre for Disease control has some valuable Coronavirus notes related to COVID-19 you can explore that information here.

You can learn more about the outbreak from both the Province and the Federal government from the links below:

Federal Government site

British Columbia Government site

The World Health Organization website also offers up the latest advisories on the global situation.

More from  Northern Health can be reviewed here 

You can review our archive of past statements and local information here.

Local governments and organizations have also provided for increased awareness of COVID-19 issues, the string of statements that came quickly at the end of the week can be reviewed here.

For notes from across Canada and British Columbia we have been archiving the latest items through our political portal Darcy McGee

Ottawa Observations

Victoria Viewpoints


Port of Prince Rupert updates progress on Land Use Plan review

With some commentary already received, the Port of Prince Rupert has provided for an update on their work towards the Port's Land Use Plan.

With Port officials making note of the feedback on some of the elements related to the actual land use process and other elements of interest or concern, when it comes to port development from residents of the region.

As we noted back in June, the Port launched its consultation with the public on land use with the release of the Draft Land Use plan, an eighty page overview  of proposed development which you can look over here.

In a video update earlier this month, the Port's Ken Veldman provided a snapshot of the feedback so far, among his themes was a reminder for residents of the area that the land use plan is not replacing project impact reviews, which will still provide for the focus and community feedback for individual proposals.

The comments received so far have put an important focus on job creation, recreational waterfront development, commitments towards environment, with Mr. Veldman pointing towards the Port's initiatives for Flora Bank. he also relayed the theme from the public of the need for more frequent updates from the Port, providing for a wider flow of information on their proposals and the impact on the community that they may bring.

Mr. Veldman also made note of the significant Indigenous population in the region and highlighted the Port's commitment towards First Nations in the region and the role that they play both in the community and the port.

"PRPA is committed to ensuring that port related prosperity is shared in multiple ways with our most important partners ... While this plan is not a substitute for consultation on individual projects or activities; we have made commitments to advancing that relationship with First Nations, in the spirit of reconciliation within this document" -- Port of Prince Rupert's Ken Veldman with an update on their Land Use plan progress

You can review his commentary on the Land Use process below:



The consultation process on the Land Use Plan continues through until August 17th, find out more about the work in progress here.




For more notes of interest on the latest themes from the Port see our archive page here.

Cameras at the ready! Time for the annual CityWest phone book cover contest

Your next snapshot could make the final list of ten as CityWest
once again launches its Phonebook cover competition


The time is here to find that once in a lifetime photo shot that could place you among the top photographers on the North Coast, as CityWest announces the call for submissions for photographs for the annual Phone book cover selection process.

The announcement of the call for submissions  was shared through the CityWest website and Facebook page last week, noting that photos will be accepted at CityWest until August 7th.

The winning photo will be announced later next month and will be the featured item on the 2021 phone book to be distributed across the city later this year.

You can submit your pictures focused on Prince Rupert settings to marketing@cwct.ca

Over the years, the competition has provided for a large volume of entries, making for a challenging job for the CityWest selection group as they worked their way through a spectacular range of photos.

Their task one to come up with the list  of the final ten photos for consideration, with the process then handed over to the public to cast the deciding vote on.


Doug Davis captured this pod of humpbacks on camera last year
a snapshot of an iconic North Coast moment that now lives on
in the phone book archives at CityWest

(photo from CityWest Instagram feed)


If you're lucky, Captain Doug Davis will take a year off from photography, the local photo artist who claimed the top spot last year, he is one of a number of repeat winners of the contest over the years.

The photo project hosted by CityWest showcases the talents of the local photography community as well as some of the spectacular settings that make for the North Coast backdrop.

If you would like more information on the 2020 Cover photo call for submissions contact the CityWest Marking Department at 250-624-2111

You can follow the progress of the Phone Book Cover competition from the CityWest Facebook page and Instagram Feed.

For more items of note related to communications in the Northwest see our archive page here.



Seal Cove area apartment block crumbles upon itself



One of the apartment blocks overlooking Seal Cove isn't overlooking that scenic vista anymore, that after the boarded up and long closed to public building appears to have collapsed upon itself last week.

The Apartment building, which was the one closest to 7th Avenue East and Bellis Road was one of seven along Evergreen Drive on the city's east side,  the block in question had been vacant for over a decade, while the remainder of similar style buildings have remained home to residents.



Fencing currently surrounds the site to keep the curious away from the site.

For more notes on housing in Prince Rupert see our archive page here.

Want to work on your Sm'algyax ... there's an app for that!

A new initiative from a recent graduate of Charles Hays Secondary School is now available to help those looking to learn, or expand their knowledge of Sm'algyax offering up an opportunity to practice, practice, practice.

The new app which features the North Coast Indigenous language common to Ts'msyen communities was launched over the weekend and has now been included in the Apple App Store charts for education software.

The genesis for the app, created by Brendan Eshom, who graduated from CHSS last month, came after his grade 12 timetable could not accommodate a Sm'algyax course. The instruction of the Indigenous language is part of the curriculum for students of School District 52.

Funding for the project came through a grant from the Git'gat First Nation and the app has been endorsed by the Sm'algyax Language Authority.

Mr. Eshom who is a member of the Gig'gat Nation is happy with the early response to the launch of the project and what it offers those who wish to learn.

"Growing up as part of the Gitga'at First Nation, I have immersed myself in study of Sm'algyax. I am excited to share my passion for the language with audiences both here at home and around the world. Tradition and history are embedded in language. 

Illuminating Sm'algyax means revealing a worldview that is unique to Ts'mysen culture. It's humbling to witness the ongoing revitalization of the language, thanks to its speakers, learners, and advocates."

The App project builds on the success of a website that debuted in late 2019, which offers a new word of the day and provides a wider overview of the Sm'algyax language.



His passion for the language will continue even as Mr. Eshom heads off for further studies at UBC in the fall, with the local linguist looking to build on his success in distributing and offer further resources.

You can download the program from both the Apple Store and Google Play Store.

More on education in the Northwest can be found from our archive page here.