Saturday, August 31, 2019

City relays details of Friday Police incident involving an aggressive Dog in Seal Cove area

See updates at bottom of page

The City of Prince Rupert has issued a statement related to events of Friday August 30th which saw a member of the detachment address a dangerous dog report on the city's east side.

In their notes the City outlined how the RCMP were required to make the difficult decision to euthanize a "designated dangerous dog" that was at large and behaving aggressively in the Seal Cove area between 10 AM and Noon.

In the city's update they note that the response by the members was only taken in view of the serious circumstance where it was considered that there was an immediate danger to the public.

"The Prince Rupert RCMP responded to a request to assist City Bylaws with a vicious dog. Based on the history of the dog attacking a member of the community and the dangerous and aggressive behaviour displayed during the interaction, police made the unfortunate decision to put the dog down, but it was necessary in order to maintain public safety,”  -- Cpl. Alex Langley, Acting Operations NCO, RCMP.

Members of the Prince Rupert RCMP responded to a dangerous dog
call in the Seal Cover area on Friday, with a need to euthanize the  dog taken
over its aggressive behaviour


The city extended their sympathies to the owner of the dog and advise that the Prince Rupert detachment is expected to release their own statement before the weekend is over.

The city's response of late Friday afternoon can be reviewed here.

Updates: Early Sunday morning, the dog owner posted comments related to the incident to social media, which you can review here.

Also on Sunday morning, the RCMP issued their information release on the incident; relaying many of the same details as the City's update, along with some additional notes.

A dog was shot and killed by Prince Rupert RCMP that was acting aggressively in the residential neighborhood of Seal Cove ...

The Prince Rupert RCMP want to advise the public that this is not a decision that is taken lightly. This decision was made after extensive efforts to safely apprehend the animal became futile and the risk to the public became imminent.

You can review the full RCMP information release here.

The flow of information from the City of Prince Rupert continued into Sunday afternoon, as the City followed up on the RCMP statement with their own update through their Facebook page.




For more items of note related to Emergency Responders on the North Coast see our archive page here.

Other items of interest from the City of Prince Rupert can be reviewed from our Council Discussion archive.

To view the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

Friday, August 30, 2019

BC education talks break off without agreement; mediator calls for pause until September 23









After eight days of mediation, the talks between the British Columbia Teachers Federation  and British Columbia Pubic School Employers Association still have too many issues outstanding to create a new contract,  with both sides stepping away from the bargaining table today.

As a result of the current impasse, the Mediator of the discussions over the last week has called for a pause until September 23rd when the two sides will try once again to see if enough common ground is available to continue forward.

The BCPSEA posted their advisory on the state of negotiations shortly after 4 PM today



The BCTF which represents public school teachers across the province outlined their observations on today's break in the negotiations through a twitter thread, which highlighted many of their recent discussion points and concerns prior to the mediation period.



Over the next three weeks the two sides will prepare their positions and review their options further towards the September 23rd meeting with the mediator.

In the short term, it so far, is not expected to impact on the start of school next week or the first few weeks of the new school year across the province.

We will update the latest developments. as more notes become available.

You can also access our rolling overview of the labour negotiations from our archive page here.

More items of interest on education in the Northwest can be reviewed from our Education archive.

To view the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

Much anticipated launch of Prince Rupert to Terrace Airport shuttle could come next week

The countdown is on towards daily service between Prince Rupert and the Terrace/Kitimat Airport as SG Shuttle prepares to take to the road offering  twice daily trips between the two communities.

The new transportation service, which has been in the planning stages for a  number of months, will be looking to capture the growing number of North Coast travellers who have been taking advantage of the wider range of flight options that are offered by the Northwest Regional Airport.

As well, the Shuttle service will make a stop at the Skeena Mall for those looking to do a bit of day shopping in Terrace, which has become the central hub of the region and features a wider array of stores and services than currently are found in Prince Rupert.

Setting up shop in offices at the Highliner Inn, the SG Shuttle bus will depart from the same area that the BC Bus currently departs from, with their website now open for registration for those looking to explore the schedule options or to book a trip.

Departures from Prince Rupert take place at 7AM and 3:30 PM, while return trips from the Northwest Regional Airport leave Terrace at 11:30 AM and 8PM

The BC North Bus pulling away from the Highliner Inn,
the New SG Shuttle between Prince Rupert and the Terrace airport will
depart and arrive twice daily from the same location



(click to enlarge)

Taking the new website out for a test drive, and using Tuesday, September 3rd, the day that SG Shuttle hopes to launch their first trip, the cost of a one way ticket between Prince Rupert and Terrace would come to 35 dollars.




For more information about the new transportation service call 1-778-668-7180 (Monday to Saturday 9AM to 5PM)

Or by email at info@sgshuttle.ca

The new service will operate seven days a week and may find that its popularity grows as the fall and winter weather arrives, as travellers decide to let the professionals do the driving for those out of town getaways.

The City of Prince Rupert will also no doubt be keeping an eye on how much success the new venture has and what kind of an impact it has on passenger levels out of Prince Rupert's Digby Island Airport and for the Digby Island Ferry.

The best way to try to keep local levels consistent for the airport may be to redouble their efforts in bringing a second airline to the city and increasing the number of flight options out of the city, making the Prince Rupert option more competitive towards the range of flights now offered out of Terrace.

As well, the opportunity for easier access to the commercial sector in Terrace, may require some additional work from City Council towards bringing more stores and services to Prince Rupert, if they wish to see the community rebuild its commercial options and reduce the desire for the one hour forty minute transit.

For more items of note related to Northwest air travel see our archive page here.


To view the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

Labour Day with the MLA!

Many in the Labour movement may be dropping by
Mariner's Park on Monday, as MLA Jennifer Rice
observes Labour Day 


Monday not only marks the unofficial end of our summer, but the day when workers across Canada take time out to thank those who travelled roads well before them, providing for better working conditions, better pay and recognition for ordinary Canadians at work each day.

Labour Day in Prince Rupert this year will feature a celebration of the North Coast worker at Mariner's Park; as MLA Jennifer Rice serves up some hot dogs for those stopping by Monday from 11:30 AM to 2 PM.


Prince Rupert has a long history with the union movement with the unpredictability of the times playing out through the decades in the pulp and fishing sectors, and now with new industrial foundations being built along the Prince Rupert waterfront and the range of terminals that make for the Port of Prince Rupert.

As well, with more and more employment being created in the public sector, teachers, civic workers and support workers in many locations across the city will be taking the Monday to think towards the days of the past and what may come in the future.

Likewise, those working in the  the Transportation services, commercial sector and other ventures have also in many instances, become part of a union, seeking to protect their jobs and rights on the work site.

In anticipation of Monday, the BC Federation of Labour has released their annual Labour Day message, highlight some of the achievements of the last year and challenges still ahead.

Last year the BC Fed provided a glimpse of how the workers of today are connected to those of the past.




Unifor which represents a number of workers in Prince Rupert, primarily through its affiliation with UFAWU, provided a look at the modern era for unions today.



While Earlier this year the Canadian Labour Council provided for a look at one of the pivotal moments in the Canadian Labour movement the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike



 For those taking time off on Monday, a wish for a safe and enjoyable Labour Day.

For a look back at some of the Labour notes of the Northwest this year see our archive page here.

To view the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

Crime Stats make for conversations in communities around the Northwest ... with one exception

With a few years having passed by, it's probably time for
Prince Rupert City Council to host an update on Policing in the community

Through much of the last month, communities along the Highway 16 corridor have been reviewing the release of crime data from Statistics Canada in July, with the figures and findings providing a snapshot of the day to day files that are handled by each communities RCMP detachments.

In some instances, the themes of the Stats release and general observations have generated comments from municipal politicians and been discussed in Council chambers from Terrace through to Burns Lake over the last month.

That as local officials share their thoughts and ask questions on behalf of their residents.

Terrace Crime Severity Index spikes 25 per cent
Telkwa council cautiously vigilant on crime stats
Smithers RCMP address crime index increase at quarterly update to council
RCMP announce new Smithers detachment commander
2018 Crime Stats out for Queen Charlotte and Masset
Crime rose in Houston statistics show
Crime up in Burns Lake in 2018, stats show

We made note of the Prince Rupert numbers in late July, taking a look at the range of data that had been released by Stats Canada at the time.


So far however, the data doesn't seem to have captured the attention of Prince Rupert's elected officials, with no mention of them in public session and little indication if the City Council has any plans to have the Detachment head come to Council during a public session to go over the findings and help interpret them for the public.

While Terrace, Kitimat and Smithers Councils frequently have those in charge of their detachments deliver reports and discuss policing issues during a public session, Prince Rupert Council rarely has provided for a public opportunity at their council sessions for such updates.

Not that there hasn't been some past interest expressed by some councillors in having the RCMP attend a Council session to provide some background or possibly answer some questions.

It has been a frequent theme for Councillor Barry Cunningham over his time in office, and in May Councillor Nick Adey has also proposed an invitation for the local detachment to be invited to council to share some notes on the state of policing in the community.

While Council did  take in a presentation of the Safe Place program in February of last year, the last time that Council hosted detachment Commander Blake Ward in a public setting was in August of 2017.

So an invitation would seem to be long overdue, with perhaps an opportunity to pencil in more frequent updates moving forward.

It's been a long stretch of time since Prince Rupert Council hosted a
public update on policing challenges and successes in the city

With just six council sessions left on the 2019 Council calendar, if they are to have some success in providing for that kind of public forum, they may have to be a bit more determined in their conversations with their fellow council members to make it happen.



For now, about the only notes we hear of policing in the community comes from the work of the detachment on the streets, some of which you can catch up on from our Emergency Responders Archive here.

You can review our archive of Council sessions here.

For more items of interest related to City Council see our Council Discussion archive.

To view the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

Coast Mountain Students get the lay of the land today with Orientation Day session

It's orientation day at Coast Mountain College


Tuition paid, supplies purchased and for those  from out of town, living arrangements taken care of, just a few of the things on the Back to School Checklist for Coast Mountain Students at the Prince Rupert Campus.

Those new students are making their way around the building that will be their home for the next few years as the Prince Rupert campus hosts the Fall Orientation program, which got underway at 9AM and will continue through until 2PM.



Orientation provides an opportunity for the students to learn more about the campus and what services may be available for them, as well as to pick up some last minute books or other supplies.

Students at the main campus in Terrace are also participating in the Orientation session at the Terrace facility, the first day of school for all campus locations of Coast Mountain College is this Tuesday, September 3rd.

Students can follow the Coast Mountain College Facebook page and twitter feed for updates on other events related to the return to classes for the fall.

For more items of note on Coast Mountain College see our archive page here.

To view the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

Canadian Coast Guard launch latest vessel for Pacific Coast

The Sir John Franklin, the newest vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard
was put into service yesterday in Sidney

The Canadian Coast Guard hosted a ship dedication ceremony in Sidney on Thursday, as the Coast Guard welcomed the newest vessel to take up service in the Pacific fleet, the Research Vessel Sir John Franklin.

As part of the background to the Thursday ceremony, the Coast outlined the nature of the event and some notes on the vessel.

This welcome celebration for the Canadian Coast Guard’s first of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy was marked by an official naming ceremony, a First Nations blessing, and sponsorship, which included the traditional breaking of a ceremonial bottle on the ship’s bow.

By tradition, a civilian is invited to sponsor a vessel for its well-being and continued service, and to wish the vessel “good luck”. The Canadian Coast Guard is proud to have Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe as the sponsor for the new ship. Dr. Tunnicliffe is an accomplished marine scientist and was the first woman to lead a deep sea science expedition on Canada’s West Coast.

The home port for the CCGS Sir John Franklin will be the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, British Columbia, where it will ensure that Fisheries and Oceans scientists are working with modern equipment to conduct vital work and data collection in support of our marine ecosystem. The vessel will also support environmental response and search and rescue operations, when needed.

The CCG commissioning ceremony yesterday
in Sidney for the Sir John Franklin
The ship is one of up to 18 new ships that will be built for the Coast Guard, the Franklin  was built at the Seaspan Shipyard in Vancouver.

From it's Sydney base, the Sir John Franklin will be used for a range of duties, included on the list are:

Performing fishing and acoustic surveys of fish and invertebrates 

Collecting information on the abundance and distribution of marine species

Collecting data on marine ecosystems and the impacts of human activity on fisheries resources and ecosystem health.

They can also be used for Search and Rescue duties if required as they  make their patrols.

The vessel has had a bit of a rough start to its Coast Guard days, earlier this year the ship crashed into a dock in Victoria as it was taking part in its Sea Trials prior to acceptance for service into the fleet.

At some point the Sir John Franklin will make its first Northern Transit, though no schedule has been outlined by the Coast Guard as to what the short term plans are for the vessel or if it includes a debut trip to Prince Rupert.

More background on the Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels can be found here.

Notes on the work of the Coast Guard and other Emergency Responders on the North Coast can be found from our archive page here.

To view the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

Seven teams set to launch 2019-20 CIHL season and quest for Coy Cup Supremacy



The CIHL brings some welcome news for hockey fans of the Northwest and Cariboo regions as they prepare to start the 2019-2020 season, with two returning and familiar clubs will be taking to the ice, as the Smithers Steelheads and Hazelton Bulldogs rejoin the league after varying absences.

The hockey stars aligned over the summer as both communities put in motion their plans to bring hockey back to their respective communities and with their return the CIHL sees its first growth since the Rampage joined the league, with seven teams now part of the Senior Men's circuit.

With the return of the Steelheads, the CIHL reverts to its East/West Divisional play, with the Steelheads to be grouped with Quesnel and Williams Lake in the East, while Hazelton will join Kitimat, Terrace and Prince Rupert in the West.

The Rampage, like their six fellow members of the lodge will soon be holding tryouts and moving into training camp mode, though the time frame for shaking off the rust will be pretty short with the first competitive action set for the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre on September 21st when the Steelheads bring up the curtain on the season with the host Rhinos.

The Bulldogs will make their first trip to Prince Rupert on October 19th, while the Rampage will check out the new Upper Skeena Recreation Centre in Hazelton on January 4th.

Among some of the notes of the season, the Cariboo teams come to town early in the season over the weekend of October 4 and 5, while Prince Rupert makes its annual journey deep into the Cariboo in the heart of the winter season with a mid January road trip.

January also marks the longest stretch of road games that the Rampage will see this season, the road warriors will actually start their travels on December 14th in Terrace and won't return to the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre Arena for a home game until January 31st.

Speaking of Terrace and Kitimat, the long time regional rivals will matchup with the Rampage on six occasions during the course of the sixteen game season.

The schedule will find the Rampage off the ice for most of November with four consecutive bye weeks between October 26 when they travel to Smithers  and  November 30th when they get back to work when Kitimat visits town.

The regular season comes to an end on February 1st, with another visit from the Bulldogs to put the final entries into the standings and set up the playoff positioning for February.

The sixteen game 2019-2020 regular features eight road trips and eight home stands between mid September and the start of February.

The full Regular Season Schedule for the Rampage can be found below:

Road Games are in Green, Home Dates in Red

Saturday, September 21 -- Smithers Steelheads at Prince Rupert Rampage
Friday, October 4 -- Quesnel Kangaroos at Prince Rupert Rampage
Saturday, October 5 -- Williams Lake Stampeders at Prince Rupert Rampage
Friday, October 18 -- Prince Rupert Rampage at Kitimat Ice Demons
Saturday, October 19 -- Hazelton Bulldogs at Prince Rupert Rampage
Saturday, October 26 --Prince Rupert Rampage at Smithers Steelheads
Saturday, November 30 -- Kitimat Ice Demons at Prince Rupert Rampage
Friday, December 6 -- Prince Rupert Rampage at Kitimat Ice Demons
Saturday, December 7 -- Terrace River Kings at Prince Rupert Rampage
Saturday, December 14 -- Prince Rupert Rampage at Terrace River Kings
Saturday, January 4 -- Prince Rupert Rampage at Hazelton Bulldogs
Sunday, January 5 -- Prince Rupert Rampage at Smithers Steelheads
Saturday, January 18 -- Prince Rupert Rampage at Williams Lake Stampeders
Sunday, January 19 -- Prince Rupert Rampage at Quesnel Kangaroos
Friday, January 31 -- Terrace River Kings at Prince Rupert Rampage
Saturday, February 1 -- Hazelton Bulldogs at Prince Rupert Rampage


You can track the results through the season through our Results page here, which will also include Game Summaries and our own notes from time to time.

More Background on the CIHL for the 2019-20 season can be found from our News/Archive page here.

Links to all of our local sports coverage can be found at the bottom end of the right hand column on our home page

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here

Rampage Results/Schedule for 2019-2020 Senior Men's CIHL Season


Fresh Ice and Two returning teams mark the launch of the 2019-2020 season as the Central Interior Hockey League heads into another season of play with seven teams, up from the five that brought the curtain down in February.

Returning to the fold are the Smithers Steelheads and the Hazelton Bulldogs, the latter set to play in what will be the showcase arena of the Northwest of the Upper Skeena Recreation Centre.

And after a few years absence their return is a welcome addition and hopeful sign for continued growth for the Senior Men's circuit.

The hometown Rampage once again head into the season looking to claim a 2019-20 CIHL Championship for the North Coast and book a ticket for the AA Senior championship Coy Cup, a destination that they had reservations for last year with a journey into the Peace Country.

See our season introduction piece which includes the full 2019-2020 Rampage schedule here and follow along with week to week results from the season below.

As part of the archive, we will update the developments of the 2018-19 Regular season, posting the results and scoring summaries following each Rampage game.

Once the season gets underway in late September, results from the current week, as well as an update on the next game to come will be posted below as the season progresses.

Those looking to keep up to speed on rumours and discussions on the CIHL might want to check in at the BC Senior Hockey Forum page, where CIHL News appears on an occasional basis.


Rampage Regular Season Record 2019-2020
As of  December 6, 2019

7 - 1 - 0

Win - Loss - Tie


Regular Season and Results
(Games added as the season progresses)

Home games in Red, Away games in Green,
Winners highlighted in BOLD
When Game Summaries are available, they will be highlighted in Blue

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Next Game

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Terrace River Kings at Prince Rupert Rampage 7 PM

(Game Summary) when available
(CIHL Boxscore) when available

Rogers Hometown Hockey in Prince Rupert 

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Friday, December 6, 2019
Prince Rupert Rampage 7 at Kitimat Ice Demons 4 

(Game Summary) when available
(CIHL Boxscore) when available


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Saturday November 30, 2019
Kitimat Ice Demons 3 at Prince Rupert Rampage 6 

(Game Summary)
(CIHL Boxscore)

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Saturday, October 26, 2019
Prince Rupert Rampage 4 at Smithers Steelheads 3  

(Game Summary)
(CIHL Boxscore )

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Saturday, October 19
Hazelton Wolverines 1 at Prince Rupert Ramapge  6 

(Game Summary)
(CIHL Boxscore )

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Friday, October 18
Prince Rupert Rampage 2 at Kitimat Ice Demons 4

(Game Summary)
(CIHL Boxscore )

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Saturday, October 5
Williams Lake 1 at Prince Rupert Rampage 5 

Game Summary)
(CIHL Boxscore

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Friday, October 4
Quesnel Kangaroos 1 at Prince Rupert Rampage 4 

( Game Summary)
(CIHL Boxscore

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Saturday, September 21
Smithers Steelheads 2 at Prince Rupert Rampage 4

(Game Summary )
(CIHL Boxscore)



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CIHL Standings  (click here)

Full CIHL Scoreboard (click here)

League Scoring Leaders (click here)

League Goaltending Leaders (click here)

Our North Coast Review Rampage and CIHL News Archive can be found here

Rampage on Social Media

Prince Rupert Rampage on Facebook
Prince Rupert Rampage on Twitter


Links to all of our local sports coverage can be found at the bottom end of the right hand column on our home page

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here

CIHL Archive 2019-2020



Our archive of news items from the Central Interior Hockey League for the 2019-20 season, with particular note given to the Prince Rupert Rampage.

Notes on our Schedule and Game Summaries pages can be found below:

Prince Rupert Rampage Schedule is available here

Our Results Page for 2018-19 can be accessed here

CIHL Master Schedule 2019-2020

CIHL Standings 2019-2020

CIHL Scoring Leaders 2019-2020

CIHL Goaltending Leaders 2019-2020

For those looking for more information on the Rampage, the team provides background on its latest developments from their Facebook Page and Twitter Feed.

Notes on the Rampage and around the CIHL can be found below:

North Coast Review items


December

December 13 -- First place on the line as Rampage/River Kings prepare for Saturday showdown NCR
December 10 -- Rampage sweep their weekend match ups as the national spotlight shines on the Jim  NCR
December 6 -- Showdowns and Showcases ahead for the Prince Rupert Rampage this weekend  NCR
December 2 -- Rampage get back into gear after lengthy break with convincing win over Ice Demons  NCR

November


November 29 -- Rhino's return to the rink Saturday, looking to chase down the River Kings NCR
November 26 -- Some climbing to do in the standings, as Prince Rupert Rampage return to the ice this weekend  NCR


October

October 28 -- Jordan Weir sets the pace for Rampage with key win over Smithers prior to one month hiatus  NCR
October 25 -- Rampage head to the road before month long hiatus  NCR
October 22 -- Despite weekend split, Rampage remain atop CIHL standings  NCR
October 18 -- Rampage look to keep undefeated streak alive with pair of CIHL contests this weekend  NCR
October 8 -- Undefeated at home, Rampage have a week to rest before first road trip of the year  NCR
October 4 -- Let's go to the video Rampage Fans  NCR
October 4 -- Twice the CIHL fun on tap this weekend as Rampage receive Cariboo visitors for home stand  NCR
October 3 -- Rampage fans will need a full tank of gas to follow the team on the road  NCR

September

September 23 -- Weir finds the mark often as Rampage take the win in their season debut  NCR
September 20 -- Time to hit the ice! Prince Rupert Rampage ready to drop the puck for 2019-20 CIHL season  NCR
September 13 -- Countdown is on for start of CIHL season with Rampage to open next Saturday night  NCR
September 10 -- Prince Rupert's on the map! The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour Map  NCR



August 

August 30 -- Seven teams set to launch 2019-20 CIHL season and quest for Coy Cup Supremacy

Off Season Notes

June 27 -- Steelheads set for CIHL Return 
June 5 -- Smithers working towards goal of return to the CIHL

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Items of interest from other regional sources

December

December 10 -- Cook serves up the icing on the cake for Prince Rupert
December 9 -- Rampage and River Kings tied for first in CIHL Standings
December 8 -- Stamps pick up win, loss during home stint
December 7 -- Rink ready, for the Rampage, minor hockey and more
December 7 -- Prince Rupert Rampage in the community
December 4 -- Quesnel Kangaroos fillet Steelheads, but get mauled by Wolverines
December 3 -- Rupert Rampage move closer to top; Hazelton Wolverines on winning streak
December 1 -- Rampage exercise their demons


November

November 26 -- Terrace River Kings hold second tribute for Cameron Kerr
November 25 -- River Kings still undefeated
November 25 -- Terrace River Kings tear up Smithers Steelheads with 7-2 win
November 22 -- CIHL Weekend Lineup
November 20 -- Roos lose a squeaker versus Stamps
November 20 -- River Kings take control of Steelheads in 9-6 win
November 18 -- CIHL Action: River Kings still undefeated
November 15 -- Roos get break on ad fees for Coy Cup
November 12 -- Another winning weekend for Terrace River Kings
November 4 -- Late Kitimat goal makes way for overtime win over Stampeders Sunday
November 3 -- Stamps, Ice Demons, set to clash this afternoon in Lakecity


October

October 29 -- Smithers Steelheads raise money for local clubs
October 29 -- Terrace River Kings take down Ice Demons
October 27 -- Rupert drowns Steelheads in home opener
October 23 -- Terrace River Kings with MNP fundraiser for TORCA
October 22 -- Roos stomp Stamps in 6-5 nailbiter
October 20 -- Back on track: Rampage cruise past Hazelton
October 20 -- Kangaroos spoil Stamps home opener Saturday in Lakecity
October 19 -- Kitimat Ice Demons win first CIHL game after two year drought
October 19 -- Two streaks end at Prince Rupert Ramapge first away game
October 19 -- Stamps to host Kangaroos in home opener this Saturday October 19
October 8 -- Terrace River Kings win two games on home ice
October 7 -- Rampage, River Kings tied for First
October 6 -- Stamps show fortitude in marathon road trip north
October 6 -- Rampage give Stampeders the boot at Civic Centre
October 6 -- Last day to enter our Rupert Rampage National Newspaper Week contest!
October 4 -- Quesnel Kangaroos hop up north to face off against Prince Rupert Rampage
October 5 -- Rampage jump to 2-0 with win over Quesnel Kangaroos
October 4 -- Roos ready for the road
October 4 -- River Kings, Ice Demons play home openers this weekend
October 4 -- Puck drops on pair of Rampage games this weekend
October 4 -- Terrace River Kings play homeopener game tonight
October 1 -- Quesnel Kangaroos lose season debut
October 1 -- Stamps take season opener on road versus 'Roos

September

September 24 -- Terrace River Kings prepare for CIHL season ahead
September 23 -- Steelheads drop first game
September 22 -- Rampage vs Steelheads
September 20 -- Stamps tryouts in full swing as CIHL season nears
September 20 -- Rampage ready for new CIHL season
September 18 -- Ammonia Leak at Upper Skeena Recreation Centre
September 17 -- Upper Skeena Rec Centre in Hazelton closed after ammonia leak detected
September 14 -- Upper Skeena Rec Centre officially open
September 13 -- Why a hockey rink is more than hockey rink in small-town BC (audio)
September 13 -- Quesnel Kangaroos to host Coy Cup
September 11 -- Grand Opening This Saturday for Upper Skeena Rec Centre
September 10 -- Rogers Hometown Hockey coming to Prince Rupert
September 10 -- Upper Skeena Recreation Centre Grand opening
September 10 -- Quensel to host 2020 Coy Cup
September 4 -- Steelheads return to CIHL is official

August


August 19 -- Hazelton Arena Grand Opening planned (video)
August 15 -- Smithers Steelheads make plans for CIHL return (video)
August 15 -- Smithers Steelheads Prepare for return to CIHL
August 15 -- Excitement growing as opening day of new Arena Complex in Hazelton draws near
August 9 -- Northern Trust makes $125,000 contribution to Arena project in the Hazeltons
August 4 -- Al Navrot announced as 2019/20 Williams Lake Stampeders head coach
August 2 -- Expansion newcomers bolster CIHL
August 1 -- New rec centre in Hazelton gets grand opening date

Off Season notes

July 30 -- New Hazelton announces September 14 for opening of new rec centre
July 16 -- Quesnel Kangaroos looking to fill important positions at AGM
June 27 -- Quesnel Kangaroos hand out year end awards
June 26 -- Steelheads to return to Smithers
June 25 -- Council backs return of Smithers Steelheads
May 29 -- Smithers Steelheads make push for 2019-2020 return


Archive of past years

2018-19
2017-18
2016-17
2015-16
2014-15
2013-14
2012-13

Links to all of our local sports coverage can be found at the bottom end of the right hand column on our home page

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MLA's to get mail, mail and more mail on themes of teacher's negotiations

MLA Jennifer Rice may be getting some mail over the weekend
as British Columbia teachers look to reinforce their
bargaining points with the NDP government's members

With still no word on the progress of talks between the BCPSEA and BCTF when it comes to the current round of contract negotiations, some members of the teachers' union are making plans to take to their keyboards to forward some messages to the their MLA's.

With the teachers and their supporters looking to urge MLA's to address a range of outstanding issues.

North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice can most likely expect to find a few correspondence in the In Box in the next few days, with a number of local teachers sharing the message below through their social media feeds.

(Click to enlarge)

It's part of a continuing campaign from the teachers and their union to reinforce their position on some of the key areas surrounding the negotiations.

The focus on MLA's picks up where teachers left off as the previous school year came to an end, when Ms. Rice, along with her NDP government colleagues were recipients of a number of missives during that period of time.



The  BCTF twitter feed has been the forum for a number of the Federations recent notes on how the NDP government has approached the negotiations


The BCPSEA has for the most part kept to its website with occasional updates on the issues and themes of the current round of bargaining.

The BCTF has also made use of its website to reinforce some of their key issues during the negotiations.

Rob Fleming, B. C.'s Minister of Education expressed his belief earlier this week that the start of school on September 3rd would not be impacted by the lack of a contract or the pace of negotiations.

Though his thoughts on the length of time that the contract talks have taken did bring a quick reply from the Teachers who provided the Minister with a bit of a recent history lesson.


A news blackout has so far been respected by both sides of the negotiations, though with the current mediation sessions set to come to an end, parents, students, teachers and administrators should all have a clearer picture of where the labour situation may be heading as the first day of school draws closer on Tuesday.

For more items of note related to education in the Northwest see our archive page here.


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2019 British Columbia education negotiations archive page









Notes on the teachers negotiations since mediation began, as well as other related issues can be reviewed below:


December 2

BCTF President talks contact during special meeting with Delta teachers

November 25

BC NDP leaders seem unperturbed by BCTF attacks


November 23

BC Teachers Federation protests outside BC NDP convention
BC Teachers' Federation runs information campaign outside BC NDP convention
BC Teachers rally outside NDP convention after rejecting contract offer
Teachers upstage NDP love-in with demonstration outside Victoria Conference Centre
Battle over BC teachers' new contract continues at NDP convention

November 22 

Horgan calls for patience on some promises as BCTF gathers for protest

November 20

New BCTF ad exposes serious consequences of teacher shortage

November 17

Gloves are off: Teachers want more from their labour friendly government

November 15

Parents are caught in the middle of a broken labour bargaining system

November 14

Year one as SD52's chair: Horne on new curriculum, PRMS building, teacher's strike


November 12

Prince Rupert District Teachers' Union demand letter of support from SD52 board
Teachers  reject Mediators Report as contract negotiations stall  NCR
BCTF President still searching for the right deal

November 9 

BC Teachers' union rejects mediator's recommendation to accept contract
BC teachers reject mediators recommendation to settle contract

November 8 

BC teachers' union rejects mediator recommendations, seeks more bargaining
BC teachers reject mediator's recommendations for contract settlement with employer
Legacy of failure with BCTF isn't restricted to one political party
BCTF rejects mediator's recommendations for settlement
BC Teachers' union rejects settlement recommendation from mediator

November 6

'Disconnect' between BC teachers, employers making bargaining difficult: mediator

October 28 

"Out of the red for B.C. ed," demands Prince Rupert teachers' union


October 18

Prince Rupert's Correspondence Course in Teacher/Government labour negotiations  NCR


October 17

How do you like these NDP apples MLA Rice?
Teachers versus the province: Part II

October 15 

Premier 'hopeful' negotiations between BC teachers, employer can be resolved
BCTF raises concerns about teacher shortage
BC Teachers' pay now at the heart of stalled contract negotiations

October 14 

BC hundreds of teachers short, six weeks into semester

October 12

Understanding BC Teachers' Federation vs the Province of B. C. (Part 1)

October 11 

An apple for teacher, as MLA Rice brings NDP talking points to Teachers' Contract Dispute  NCR

October 8

"We need to compare apple to apples," MLA Rice responds to teachers' rally

October 4

Leak suggests major stumbling block between BC teachers, employer out of the way
Teachers' Federation cries foul over public statement on negotiations

September 30 

Prince Rupert Teachers' Union rally outside MLA Rice's Office

September 19

Surrey Teachers' Association rallies about bargaining agreements at NDP MLA offices

September 17

No deal yet between teachers, province

September 16

Contracts, time and money: the largest issues that educators face in the world of labour

September 10

A long history of bargaining class size and composition

September 9

BCTF President visits Fort St. John to discuss on-going negotiations


September 7 

Richmond teachers back in classrooms under old contract

September 4

Teachers still negotiating deal as school year begins


September 3 

BC teachers head back to class amid stalled contract negotiations
Contract talks between BCTF and Public School Employers Association to resume this month

September 2

B.C. teachers returning to school without contract


September 1

School returns in BC with uncertainty surrounding contract for teachers

August 30

BC teacher contracts on hold until after school year starts
Mediation between teachers and public employers halted until late September
Bargaining between BC teachers and province paused for 3 weeks
BC education talks break off without agreement; mediator calls for pause until September 23  NCR
BC Teacher contract negotiation still without resolution
MLA's to get mail, mail and more mail on themes of teacher's negotiations  NCR
BC education minister optimistic about negotiated deal with teachers, new curriculum



August 29
Here's to a great school year (and what parent's need to know about collective bargaining)



August 28

BC Teachers, government agree on program support for most vulnerable students
BC Education minister expects 'normal' start to school year amidst teacher contract dispute


August 27

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August 26 

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August 24 & 25

Independent schools provide options 'a single, government-run school monopoly cannot provide'

August 23

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August 22

Mediated talks underway between BCTF and Public School Employers Association
'Plenty of time for a deal': Teachers' union expects kids back in school on September 3

August 21

Offer to BC teachers surpassed standard 2 percent raise, confidential memo says
BC teachers and government start mediated negotiations


August 20

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August 19

BC teachers head to bargaining table with 2 weeks until start of school year
Vancouver School Board avoids funding debate while teachers and province bargain
BC Teachers' Federation in talks with government as school year nears
Mediated bargaining starts Monday for BC teachers


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