Sunday, November 12, 2017

Blog Watching: Week ending November 12, 2017

Housing concerns had jumped to the top of the list of discussion topics in town by the end of this week, as a group of residents looking to raise the issue of affordable housing and the need for emergency shelter took their case to the lawn at Prince Rupert City Hall.

The Tent City which put down its first stake on Wednesday afternoon, quickly grabbed the attention of our readers and the local media of print, radio and television towards City Hall to put some focus on the topic.

Other items of note on the week followed two themes, one of the ongoing issue of crime in the city with yet another convenience store robbery capturing the attention of our readers, as did our notes on an early morning fire in Cow Bay which resulted in some damage to the Dolly's Fish Market location.

Our final notes on the most recent City Council session explored some concerns that Councillor Cunningham had related to how the city's Public Works department had reacted to some housekeeping work at a local business yard.

And some of the debate on LNG issues out of the Legislature found a large audience this week, as Skeena MLA Ellis Ross continued to try and learn more about how the new NDP government may be approaching the prospect of LNG development in the Kitimat region.

The top story of the last seven days however takes a look at the protest at Prince Rupert City Hall over affordable housing and how both the municipal and provincial representatives in the region have responded to this point.

As tents go up, Prince Rupert finds itself off the housing radar with Victoria -- A growing collection of tents around the Fountain at Prince Rupert City Hall called attention to the dire housing situation that some in the community are facing with winter approaching. Such was the interest in the growth of the Tent City, that most of our updates attracted large audiences, you can review all the notes on the protest from our archive page here.  (posted November 8, 2017)

That article was followed by:

A little housekeeping on the work site, not welcomed by Public Works -- Councillor Barry Cunningham brought a topic to the City Council table at the most recent session, inquiring as to why the City had taken action in relation to some housekeeping around the Western Canada Marine Response Yard on Drydock Road. (posted November 6, 2017)

PJs Park Avenue store robbed once again -- The latest in a disturbing trend of armed robberies in the community had the Prince Rupert detachment of the RCMP busy chasing down suspects through the week, with all but one captured by weeks end.  (posted November 8, 2017)

Fire brings smoke, water damage to Dolly's Fish market -- The busy week for Emergency responders in the city included attendance by the Prince Rupert Fire/Rescue department as they tackled a fire at Dolly's Fish Market in Cow Bay. (posted November 8, 2017)

MLA Ross and Minister Mungall in spirited discussion on LNG in BC -- While the LNG development picture seems to be slipping away from the Prince Rupert area, there is still some prospect of development plans moving forward in the Kitimat area. Skeena MLA Ellis Ross had a busy week at the Legislature as he sought to keep his constituents up to speed on how the NDP government is viewing the LNG industry. (posted November 7, 2017)

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