Saturday, May 20, 2017

Blog Watching: Week ending May 21, 2017

Roads made for a theme on the week, with news from the District of Port Edward and concerns about traffic loads in Prince Rupert making for two of the five most read items of the week.

Our look at the launch of a comment period for the Wampler Way Bypass road in Port Edward proved to be a popular item, while Prince Rupert Council member Barry Cunningham's thoughts on container truck traffic through the city also made for topic of note.

Also cracking the top five on the week, some background on the Federal Government's plans for an oil tanker moratorium on the North Coast and Haida Gwaii

Two more civic notes rounded out the list of five for the week, with City Council's decision to join in with other Northwest communities to attract workers to the region getting some good audience numbers, as did our overview of some of the events that Mayor Lee Brain had an opportunity to take in while he was attending the three days of the Renewable Cities conference in Vancouver .

Our top story however, takes us down the highway to the District of Port Edward and their plans for highway construction, a significant indication in some growing interest for industrial growth for their community.

Wampler Way Bypass proposal now taking public comments -- A major infrastructure project for the District of Port Edward would see a road capable of accepting heavy loads built to bypass the populated section of the District. The first step towards its possible construction is an application with the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resources, which is currently in the process of seeking comments from the public. (posted May 19, 2017)

That article was followed by:

Downtown paving project has Councillor Cunningham reinforcing need for container truck bypass route -- With some major paving projects underway in the community, Councillor Barry Cunningham once again has raised his concerns over truck traffic travelling through the downtown core and making more inquiries as to the plans for a container port bypass road.   (posted May 16, 2017)

Federal Government moves forward with North Coast/Haida Gwaii oil tanker ban  - Some background on the May 12th announcement from the Federal Government, putting in place an oil tanker moratorium for the North Coast and Haida Gwaii.  (posted May 15, 2017)

City of Prince Rupert to join Northwest initiative for worker recruitment -- The City of Prince Rupert announced its plan to work with other communities and Regional Districts in the region to attract workers to the area    (posted May 15, 2017)

Mayor Brain to explore environmental issues at Renewable cities conference -- Prince Rupert's Mayor was on the road this weekend, taking in a three day conference in Vancouver related to sustainable cities . (posted May 17, 2017)

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