Thursday, September 29, 2022

Friday's Day for Truth and Reconciliation brings a number of closures in Prince Rupert

With Friday a day for reflection and awareness towards Truth and Recollection, a number of civic and area services will be closed for the day.

Among those services that won't be open for the day are Provincial and Federal services, as well as a range of City of Prince Rupert functions, with the City outlining the scope of the closures on Wednesday through Social Media

Also closed for the Day will be the Prince Rupert Library, with the House of Reading noting that they offer up a wide range of material for those wishing to explore themes of Reconciliation further upon their reopening on Saturday.

School District 52  made use of today as a learning environment towards the topic with their students with a number of initiatives underway at area schools, as well the District notes that all schools will be Closed on Friday.

All the Northwest campuses for Coast Mountain College will be closed on Friday as well.

Notes on the day for Lax Kw'alaams can be reviewed here, with a Metlakatla advisory available here.

One significant event to come is scheduled for Friday at the Prince Rupert Middle School Field with a Truth and Reconciliation Walk planned from Noon to 4PM

Notes of interest form the Federal Government on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation can be reviewed here.

British Columbia government statement on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation can be reviewed here.

A look at the work of the Orange Shirt Society can be reviewed below.

BC CDC report shows COVID results for just three Northwest communities, concluding a week of Health notes from government

BC CDC Community Covid Case data for week
of September 18-24

The Northwest continues  to feature single digit reports on COVID cases, with this week reductions from one week ago.

This week's report from the BC CDC for the period of September 18-24  has just three regions reporting  recording cases for the period of review.

Those include Terrace, Prince Rupert and Kitimat

Prince George tops the reports for the North for the review period at 21.

The full review across the region for the week of September 18-24  from the BC CDC looks as follows:

Terrace --  2 cases
Prince Rupert -- 1 case
Kitimat --1 case
Haida Gwaii --  0 cases
Smithers --  0 cases
Nechako -- 0 cases
Bella Coola Valley -- 0 cases
Burns Lake --   0 cases
Nisga'a Region --  0 cases
Snow Country-Stikine-Telegraph Creek -- 0 cases
Central Coast --   0 cases
Upper Skeena --  0 cases

The Provincial Data Review shows much the same data as it has for the majority of the summer. 

635 New Cases , with 305 hospitalized, 30 in Critical Care  and 16 new deaths from COVID reported.

The number or critical care on the week  an increase and those who have passed away make for an decrease in totals as that from last week's review.

The total number of deaths in BC since the start of the coronavirus is 4,283 to date.

There have been 384,900  cases of COVID recorded in the province since the arrival of the pandemic

As of September 1st the Province had distributed 13,982,194 first, second or booster shots of the COVID Vaccine, with a fourth booster program now beginning to roll out, and Northwest residents now able to book their appointments.

Thursday's provincial report lists  36 new cases of COVID for the Northern Health region for the reporting week, an increase of two from last weeks report.

That makes for a total of 31,036 cases recorded since the start of the pandemic.

For the Northern Health Region, 13 patients are listed as in hospital, with  5 noted as in Critical Care, the Northern Health region recorded 0 deaths in this last week.

The Northern Health total of deaths attributed to COVID is listed as 379 since the start of the pandemic.

The  breakdown of hospitalizations by community in the Northern Health region is not included in the data release information.

COVID review for September 28
British Columbia results

COVID review for September 28
Northern Health results

On Wednesday, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC's Provincial Health Officer outlined the fall COVID-19 vaccine program, as well as the annal Flu shot campaign. The both noted that the Health Ministry is making preparations for a potential surge in COVID and flu cases in the fall which could impact on health services.

The larger BC CDC Data release is available here.

Past information statements on COVID and other notes on the Northwest response can be reviewed from our archive page

Skeena Bulkley Valley MP proud of work on Vote at 16 Legislation, disappointed at Liberals for not supporting initiative

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Taylor Bachrach had the responsibility to
cast the first vote for his Right to Vote at 16 Act on Wednesday

(From ParlVU feed)

Yesterday was vote day for a project that Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Taylor Bachrach had put some significant time and effort towards, with his Vote at 16 private members bill up for consideration of the House of Commons.

And as we noted in a follow up to our preview of yesterday, the day would end in a bit of disappointment for the enthusiastic supporter for lowering the voting age to 16, as the proposal was defeated in Second Reading by a vote of 77 Yeas, but a larger count on the Nay side of 246

The party had the strongest support from the NDP, Bloc and Green Parties as well as a smattering of Liberals. 

However the numbers of that support did not come close to the contrarian views of the majority of Liberals and Conservatives.

The MP offered a short statement on the outcome yesterday through his social media feed, praising the work of those that joined him in the quest and noting of his disappointment with the governing Liberals.

Among those voting against the Bill were Prime Minister Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Freeland, along with Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre.

The Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP's bill was supported by his own leader Jagmeet Singh along with Bloc Québécois leader Jean Francois Blanchet
You can follow how the MP's voted starting at the 16:05 mark on the Parliamentary Video Archive for September 28th.

The archive pager for Bill C-210 can be reviewed here.

More notes from the House of Commons can be reviewed from our archive page

Buying local the focus for Northern Savings Product Procurement program

Northern Savings, the Prince Rupert based Credit Union and financial services company serving the Northwest and Haida Gwaii is seeking the goods and creations of Northwest residents as part of their Local Purchasing initiative.

The focus for the project is to purchase locally produced items for the purpose of giving away as corporate gifts. 

Northern Savings makes use of the goods received as part of their ongoing community initiatives with local charitable groups, as well as through giveaways at trade shows, conferences and other community events.

They also  in the past have made use of the local purchases internally for awards to members and staff members through the year.

In addition to the purchase of goods that participants will gain, the popular program offers the chance for exposure for participants who can supply their locally made goods for use by Northern Savings, products that are to be considered must have a value of 50 dollars or less per item, be non perishable and easily transportable.

Those selected for the program should be able to produce multiple quantities of their goods and they must be produced or created locally.

Preference for the program will be given to Northern Savings' members. To participate, you must be a resident of Haida Gwaii, the North Coast or the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine

You can find out more about the program and read the full list of rules and access the application form here.

The deadline for participation in this years intake of applicants is September 30th.

The successful applicants will hear from Northern Savings later this fall.

More notes related to the Commercial sector in the Northwest can be found from our archive page here

Saturday makes for time to Shift Thinking towards winter travels on BC highways


The City's Tire and Auto Service shops are about to 
busy, busy, busy over the next month or so
as the annual tire change takes place

For those with plans to drive beyond the Port Edward Turnoff on Saturday and through the fall and winter driving season, the rush is on to get the annual changeover from Summer to Winter tires. 

Tomorrow marks the last day for travel on British Columbia highways without proper tires with the proper tread installed on your vehicles.

The relatively nice weather for much of September perhaps has caught many motorists off guard and that will make for a few delays as the city's garages and tire shops deal with the annual flood of customers new and old that start arrive over the next few weeks.

With the arrival of Fall comes the time to start to think of the changing weather that quickly comes to the North Coast and Northwest and the need to Shift into Winter driving mode for motorists, with The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure offering a range of information through its annual program, which is celebrating it's fourteenth year of awareness raising this year.

You can learn more about the Winter Tire requirements across the province here.

For those travelling the Highways of the Northwest this fall and into winter, keeping Drive BC as a handy resource is a useful guide to what's ahead on the roads, as well you can check our roster of Highway Cameras across the region for a heads up along the way.

More notes on Highway travel across the region can be explore from our archive page here.  

Extreme weather events can be reviewed from our archive page here.  

Transportation Safety Board of Canada to investigate sinking of MV Island bay off Haida Gwaii

The MV Island Bay sank in Carpenter Cove, Moresby island
earlier this month, the incident is now an investigation file
with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada

A team of investigators from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada will be arriving in Prince Rupert in the days to come, that as a staging area for their investigation into the sinking of the Passenger Vessel Island Bay earlier this month off of Carpenter Bay on Haida Gwaii.

As we outlined on September 13th, the vessel which was a tour boat operating along Moresby Island sank sparking an environmental response from the Canadian Coast Guard, West Coast Marine Response Corporation and the Council of the Haida Nation.

In their statement from Wednesday, the TSB of Canada doesn't expand much on what their investigation will include,  other than to say that they will be gathering information and assessing the occurrence.

No timeline towards when they anticipate  delivering their findings was provided as part of their statement.

More notes on the work of Emergency Responders in the Northwest can be reviewed here

Mayor Brain shifts focus on ScraptheTaxCap from tax justice for the city, to Saving the City!

The #ScraptheTaxCap petition program which launched September 9th,  is closing in on the conclusion of its third week of social media messaging. 

One of the more recent of the dispatches outlining the plans in motion to launch a one day blitz of the community on Sunday, that to generate more signatures for the original call for tax fairness for the municipality from the province and Port.

However, for Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain, who has become the official social media relay station for the project, the travels around the city will be much more than just a collection of names, but a chance for the community to rally to his call to Save the City.

The use of the phrase that has become one of the ongoing narratives to his Mayoralty in recent years was included in his Social Media post of Wednesday.  

Which is where he outlines how those wanting to help Save Rupert should consider signing up for a petition door knocking shift for Sunday.

As part of the lead up to the city wide petition door knocking campaign, both the Scrap the Tax Cap  petition proponents and the Mayor have continued with their daily updates to their work.

The rolling archive of messaging highlighting a range of the themes from their initiative that have stoked the conversation and served to consume a significant portion of the discussion time  from Monday's Election forum.

You can review how the candidates for mayor and Council spoke the issue from our Election Forum pieces below:

Mayoralty candidate  commentaries

Council candidate commentaries

Considering that all twelve of those seeking office on October 15th have  signed on to the campaign, you may have an opportunity to ask some of them to expand on the topic with you.  

So should they knock on your door as part of the army of volunteers summoned by the Mayor for Sunday,  take the opportunity for a discussion of all the details and facts to the issue.  

As well as to raise any questions you may have on the initiative before you sign or decline.

We've been following the #ScraptheTaxCap themes through our City Taxation and Fees archive page which features a number to stories to the theme of the last three weeks.