Sunday, February 12, 2017
Blog Watching: Week Ending February 12, 2017
The government agency that is considered the definitive source for population estimates released their results on Wednesday. And for Prince Rupert the numbers show that the city and regional population continues to decline, with the May 2016 population count registering 12,508 residents for the city.
LNG continues to be a major theme of interest on the North Coast and our account of a presentation to City Council from Aurora LNG found a large audience this week. With the LNG proponent providing an update for city council on its current progress and where the development plans may be heading towards the future.
Health care in Prince Rupert was on the mind of City Councillor Barry Cunningham, as he provided City Council with some observations related to the current push for a new medical facility in Terrace. While noting that he understands the need for a new facility in that community, he did offer suggest that Council and the regions MLA remain vigilant to protect existing health care service levels in Prince Rupert.
Two of the city's emergency service providers also made news this week, with readers exploring our stories related to a new job opportunity with the Prince Rupert Fire/Rescue Service, along with our account of an armed robbery on the city's east side and the ongoing investigation by the local RCMP detachment
However, the top story of the week is all about numbers and an indication from Statistics Canada that while the North Coast hears much about future growth, for the present time Prince Rupert is still suffering from an out migration of residents.
Statistics Canada Census results show Prince Rupert population continues to decrease -- The results from last summer's Canada wide census are in and when it comes to population estimates, the nations most reliable barometer is indicating that Prince Rupert's population continues to decline (posted February 8, 2017)
That article was followed by:
Aurora LNG outlines short and long term ambitions for Digby Island Terminal project -- An update on the progress of the Aurora LNG project at Digby Island was provided to Prince Rupert City Council members, as Aurora officials made a presentation to Council during their Monday evening session. (posted February 8, 2017)
Councillor Cunningham raises concerns over potential health service losses, should the status of Terrace hospital change -- With Terrace officials increasing their efforts to seek a replacement for Mills Memorial hospital, Prince Rupert councillor Barry Cunningham outlined some of his concerns for health on the North Coast if the Terrace facility is upgraded to a Trauma Centre . (posted February 8, 2017)
Prince Rupert Fire/Rescue starts hiring process for Open Position -- The city has opened a one month application process for a position with the city's Fire/Rescue service. (posted February 6, 2017)
RCMP investigating Armed Robber of east side liquor store location -- The city's RCMP detachment is looking for the assistance of the public following a Thursday evening armed robbery of the 11th Avenue Liquor store on the city's east side . (posted February 10, 2017)
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