Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Ain't nobody here but us chickens...

City Council has been asked to weigh in on the topic of household chickens, a project that should make for interesting times down on Third Avenue.

The chicken coop proposal seems to have received its genesis from the newly formed Transition Prince Rupert group, a collective that seeks a more sustainable Prince Rupert.

Still in their formative stages, the group most recently made headlines thanks to one of their directors appearance at the Northern Gateway hearings, as well as through their involvement with Earth Hour.

The chicken plan was introduced to council by Samantha Lewis, a second year science student at NWCC, who presented her proposal as a way to make Prince Rupert a more sustainable community.

Council has put the proposal on the table of city staff, having them seek out further information on the project by contacting other municipalities in the province to find out about any challenges that chicken hosting may provide.

Staff will report back to council with their findings before any further action is taken on the topic.

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  1. Hi there.
    My name is Samantha Lewis, and I would like to thank you for taking notice of the backyard hen proposal, and writing this review. However, I must mention that while the values of Transition Towns do align with the logic behind keeping chickens, the Backyard Hen Initiative is actually an independent project. I created this initiative because I felt it was a tangible way to make my community more sustainable, with a some help from my neighbors, of course. I look forward to hearing more about what the future holds for Transition Towns in PR, however, am not currently affiliated with the movement.

  2. Thank you for the clarification regarding Transition Towns and your project. We will be watching with interest to see what steps, if any, City Hall takes in regard to your proposal