Sunday, February 19, 2017

Blog Watching: Week ending February 19, 2017

With tourism season about to start on the North Coast, the topic of how the city appears to visitors became the focus for this week's Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Two of our notes from that meeting proved to be popular items for the week, with our original story on the presentation to the Chamber from Tourism Prince Rupert's Chair Scott Farwell, as well as our pictorial look at some of the abandoned buildings of the city both finding a large audience this week.

LNG items also made for some impressive readership levels through the week, with both our story on the musings from Malaysia related to the Lelu Island Terminal project and our review of the signing of a Benefits agreement by the Province with both Lax Kw'alaams and Metlakatla catching much attention.

Rounding out the list for the week was our look at the latest report on elementary education from the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, with the controversial research organization releasing their elementary school rankings for 2017 this week.

A note from the provincial election campaign brings the top five items of the week to a close, as readers explored our review of how both Herb Pond and Jennifer Rice made use of Fairview Terminal as part of their opening themes on economic development on the North Coast.

However, the top story by far is found from our pictorial array of the abandoned buildings in the downtown core and how their state of disrepair is seen by some as presenting the wrong image to visitors.

A not so inviting vision for tourists, or would be investors to be found in downtown area -- Our follow up story that offered up a pictorial to the theme of the abandoned buildings of downtown proved to be one of the most read items of the year to this point. The outline of the story came from our look at this week's Chamber of Commerce meeting where Tourism Prince Rupert's Scott Farwell introduced the theme to the Chamber audience.  (posted February 17, 2017)

That article was followed by:

Petronas Chair confirms relocation for proposed export terminal is being considered  -- A business forum in Malaysia found the topic of the proposed Lelu Island LNG terminal one of a number of items addressed by Petronas officials    (posted February 14, 2017)

BC's Liberal Government signs LNG agreements with Lax Kw'alaams and Metlakatla First Nation  -- LNG news continued to capture the attention of our readers, with a fair bit of interest in our look at this weeks Benefits announcements between the Provincial government  and Lax Kw'alaams and Metlakatla  (posted February 15, 2017)

Annunciation remains atop Prince Rupert listings as Fraser Institute releases 2017 Elementary rankings -- The annual review of elementary school results from the Fraser Institute provided a snapshot of how the North Coast fares compared to the rest of the province. Controversial in nature, the results were dismissed by the BCTF as inconsequential (posted February 14, 2017)

Fairview Terminal the focus for early north Coast campaign -- Some of the early themes for the provincial election are starting to become clear for voters with the economy set to be on topic that will gain much attention. Port activity seems to be the mined of the two declared candidates for the North Coast started their campaigns, as both Herb Pond and Jennifer Rice spent some time praising the success of Prince Rupert's Fairview Terminal this past week.  (posted February 16, 2017)

And while not launched this week, our two pages for the All Native Basketball Tournament collected a large volume of readers through this tournament week. With visitors exploring both our Scoreboard page and archive of All Native Tournament Stories through the last seven days.

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