Sunday, November 18, 2018

Blog Watching: Week ending November 18, 2018

A much anticipated housing development tops our list of review of our five top items this week, as our drive by of the Metlakatla Elders/Seniors Village on the east side of the city proved to be a popular piece of the last seven days.

Readers also took some interest in the future plans for a Charles Hays Rainmaker, as Liam McChesney announced his signing with the Utah State Aggies, a tier I NCAA basketball team that will put the young Rupertite into the basketball spotlight following his graduation from CHSS in the Spring.

With Terrace and Kitimat the two hot spots for the North Coast economy at the moment, Pacific Northern Gas is exploring plans to expand the capacity of its pipeline to meet future demand in the two communities.

Increased safety measures were the focus for the week as well, with the Federal government announcing its plans to expand the radar footprint along the North Coast, Central Coast and Northern Vancouver Island.

And what will be the final chapter for the Prince Rupert Cherry Blossom Tree story came together this week outside the downtown offices of DFO, as the Federal Government offered an apology to the family of Shotaro "Tom" Shimizu, with the government placing a plaque that outlines his family's history and contribution to Prince Rupert.

The Thursday ceremony was the latest of efforts to make amends for the near destruction earlier this year  of a stand of Japanese Cherry trees donated to the city by Mr. Shimizu in 1959/1960.

However the top story of the week generating the most interest comes from the area of Housing and the progress to this point of a major development into Seniors/Elders housing from the Metlakatla First Nation.

Metlakatla Elders/Seniors Housing taking shape on east side  --  Our update on the progress of construction for the new Elders/Seniors housing facility on the east side of the city proved to be a popular item this week.  (posted November  13, 2018)

That article was followed by:

A Rainmaker makes his choice  ... Liam McChesney commits to Utah State -- The highly regarded forward with the Charles Hays Rainmakers basketball team still has one more year of his high school days to go, but his college future is already charted with the Rupertite signing on with the NCAA's Utah State Aggies   (posted November 14 , 2018)

PNG looks to expand capacity on pipeline system to Kitimat -- With the Terrace/Kitimat area now the region of the Nortwest anticipating some major economic development, Pacific Northern Gas is exploring its options and plans to expand capacity for their natural gas service for the two communities   (posted November 13, 2018)

Canadian Coast Guard to increase radar coverage for areas off North Coast and Haida Gwaii -- The Prince Rupert Coast Guard Communication centre is about to get some expanded vision, with the Federal government announcing plans to expand radar coverage in a number of areas up and down the North and Central Coast, as well as Northern Vancouver Island      (posted November 15, 2018)

Dedication ceremony offers apology and hails historic past of Prince Rupert's Cherry Blossom Trees and Shimizu family -- An incident from March of this year which saw a stand of Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees nearly destroyed, has delivered an apology from the Federal Government along with an history lesson for North Coast residents. That as the family of  Shotaro  "Tom" Shimizu gathered outside the Federal building on Thursday as tribute was paid to his memory and his gift of the trees to the people of Prince Rupert.    (posted November  16, 2018)

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