Sunday, May 19, 2019

Blog Watching: Week ending May 19, 2019

Federal politics grabbed the spotlight this week following the wrap up to a Senate Committee review of the Liberal governments Oil Tanker Ban for the North Coast.

The Senators, who recently were in Prince Rupert for consultations with local officials and interested residents, delivered what may be a death blow for the Bill, with a split committee suggesting that it may be best for the Government to abandon it's plans.

That set off a string of commentary and observation from the North Coast, with local politicians who had long advocated for the bill expressing their concern over the moves of the Senate from one side of the debate, while the Mayor of Lax Kw'alaams was very much on the other side, with Mayor John Helin showing his support for those Senators who had recommended that the bill be quashed.

Also picking up some strong readership on the week was an item from this week's Prince Rupert City Council session, as Councillor Barry Cunningham outlined some of his concerns when it comes to the impact on Prince Rupert Health services that may come with a new Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace.

The city's commercial sector grew by one new business this week, as Ansens consignment clothing opened for business on Third Avenue West.

As is always the case, when the Port talks, the community listens and this week Rupertites were all ears as Port officials outlined an ambitious plan that would see a second container terminal developed with the potential to increase throughput to close to 8 Million TEU's per year, a signifcant jump from current levels of 1.5 million.

And it was a good day for law enforcement earlier this month, with the Prince Rupert RCMP outlining some background on a drug bust in the Summit Avenue area of the city.

However the top story of the week takes us north of the city, with Mayor John Helin making some news with his statement on the potential fate for the Liberal government's Oil Tanker Ban.

Lax Kw'alaams Mayor and Government welcome latest Senate moves on Tanker Ban Bill -- While North Coast MLA, and MP Nathan Cullen were expressing their disappointment at the prospect of a potential defeat for the Tanker Ban Bill, up north of Tuck Inlet, the Mayor of Lax Kw'alaams was in full support of the Senatorial misgivings for the proposed ban.   (posted May 17, 2019)

That article was followed by:

Cunningham calls for a watchful eye on Terrace hospital developments -- Prince Rupert City Councillor Barry Cunningham has once again urged his fellow members on Council to remain vigilant as plans more forward for the new Mills Memorial hospital, with Mr. Cunningham concerned that there could be service reductions in Prince Rupert once the new facility opens    (posted May 15, 2019)

New clothing store adds to rejuvenation of Third Avenue West's growing commercial options -- A new consignment clothing store has opened its doors in Prince Rupert, with Ansens Clothing opening for business on Saturday.    (posted  May 14 , 2019)

Potential for 6-7 million TEU's with Port's Master planning for Prince Rupert Waterfront --  Already solid in its status as the regions largest industrial force, the Port of Prince Rupert provided a glimpse of a future that would see port facilities grow significantly.   (posted  May 13 , 2019)

Prince Rupert Mounties seize drugs, make arrests following search warrant on Summit Avenue residence -- A May 10th investigation netted the Mounties a volume of drugs and seized cash and cars as they executed a search warrant on a residence in the Summit Avenue area near the Hospital.   (posted May 13, 2019)

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