Sunday, September 16, 2018

Blog Watching: Week ending September 15, 2018

In a week where officials of municipal governments were gathered in Whistler for this years annual UBCM convention, local government politics captured three of our five stories on the week.

Among the trio of items that captured the attention of readers, our look at a letter from fourteen Northern BC municipalities in support of LNG development and some notable Northwest absences from  the dotted line.

This week was deadline week for nominations for municipal councils across the province, and on the North Coast while Prince Rupert will not have a Mayoralty race this year, with Mayor Brain set for acclamation to office, Port Edward will offer up three options for voters to choose from. As well, City council races and the School District vote will feature a number of candidates both incumbent and newcomers to seek our votes on October 20th.

A quick response found a variety of agencies attending to fishing barge incident on Haida Gwaii, with our story of last Sunday generating much interest as we outlined the ongoing developments near the Village of Queen Charlotte.

The always in flux Prince Rupert restaurant scene has seen one more closure, as the popular eatery CARGO at Mariner's Park closed its doors on Saturday evening, we reviewed the lead up that with a blog post earlier this week

And also finding much interest from the articles of the week, was a look at the latest notes from a arbitration between the City of Prince Rupert and its Fire Department, with the two sides told to give it one more chance to find some common ground on the long running issue of a schedule of back pay related to salary parity with the Vancouver department.

However, the story which attracted the most interest through the week, comes from a letter of support for the Kitimat LNG project pipeline, with a number of Northwest communities signing on in support, though missing from the list were a few high profile locations.

Prince Rupert, Port Edward, Smithers absent from coalition of communities penning LNG Resource letter -- An initiative to show support for the Kitimat LNG project and its pipeline found a number of communities weighing in to express concern over a regulatory move by a Smithers resident, the group collecting the names of mayors of a fourteen local governments in Northern BC, with the exception of three from the Northwest. (posted September 10, 2018)

That article was followed by:

Mayor's position to be acclaimed; contests ahead for Prince Rupert City Council and School District 52 -- The nomination period for the 2018 Local Government elections in BC came to a close on Friday afternoon, and when the final notices were posted, Prince Rupert residents found that they won't have to vote on the Mayoralty, with Mayor Brain destined for acclamation. Our notes also provide a look at the Council races in Prince Rupert and Port Edward, as well as the SD52 race. (posted September 14, 2018

Marine incident has Prince Rupert response team Haida Gwaii bound -- Crews continue to work on the site of a grounded luxury fishing barge near the Village of Queen Charlotte, we first made note of the incident with a widely read post from last Sunday.  (posted September 9, 2018)  

Popular Prince Rupert eatery CARGO heads for final shift this Saturday -- Dining in Prince Rupert has one less option as of today, with the popular restaurant CARGO having closed its doors to customer on Saturday night.   (posted September 11, 2018

Arbitration Panel sends City's Fire fighters and municipal government back to the negotiation table to try to resolve salary parity issue -- The story goes back all the way to 2004, but an ongoing dispute between the City of Prince Rupert and its Fire fighters related to back pay on salary parity issues, began its current path in 2011, we looked at some of the history of the issue as well as what an arbitration panel has suggested as the way forward to try and settle the longstanding dispute. (posted September 7, 2018)  

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