Sunday, November 17, 2019

Blog Watching: Week ending November 17, 2019

A call for assistance from the public by the local detachment of the RCMP generated the most interest of our week's worth of blog items, with a large volume of readers seeking to learn more about what in the end was a successful search for a missing Prince Rupert resident.

Among the remaining items of the list of five for the week, our notes related to a washout along Highway 16 found a strong readership.

The City is looking to build on the interest on the upcoming visit from Rogers Hometown Hockey to Prince Rupert, and our notes on one of their projects resonated with readers.

Coast Mountain College brought a new tool for the education toolbox to Prince Rupert this week, with the arrival of the new mobile campus which was set up at the local campus for an official opening earlier this month.

And the ongoing work towards reconciliation on the North Coast took another step forward, as SD52 introduces its new Reconciliation initiative through the School District website.

However, the most read story of the week, took us over to the Sixth Avenue West detachment of the RCMP and late week call for help from the public.

Prince Rupert RCMP seek public's assistance in locating Missing Prince Rupert resident -- It was a positive result that came after a call for assistance from the Prince Rupert detachment of the RCMP to the public, as North Coast Mounties were quick to locate a missing Prince Rupert resident who had become the subject of a search on Thursday. (posted  November 14, 2019)

That article was followed by:

Washout along Highway 16 makes for one land alternating traffic between Prince Rupert and Terrace -- Highway crews were tending to an incident west of Terrace this week, as a washout on Highway 16 reduced the flow of traffic to one lane midway between Prince Rupert and Terrace.  (posted  November 14, 2019)

City of Prince Rupert looks to paint the town red (with a bit of white) ... in honour of Rogers' Hometown Hockey arrival -- With but a few weeks left before Prince Rupert steps into the national spotlight through the national broadcast of Hometown Hockey, the city is looking to spur on some community spirit   (posted November 13, 2019)

And with a snip or two, the mobile campus for Coast Mountain College was declared Open -- The newest addition to the Coast Mountain College educational experience was introduced to a number of invited guests at the Prince Rupert campus earlier this month. (posted November 13, 2019)

School District 52 introduces Reconciliation newsletter to chart progress on goals and share information with community  -- A new initiative from School District 52 will offer residents of the city an opportunity to learn more about the steps that the local School District is taking towards its goals of reconciliation, the online feature also provides a wider library of links on the theme. (posted  November 12 , 2019)

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Rainfall Warning issued for North Coast Inland areas

A satellite snapshot from Environment Canada shows the path of an
Atmospheric River making its way towards the Central Coast, which will also
have an impact on the weather of the North Coast

The start of the weekend is going to be a windy and quite wet affair for the North Coast, with an approaching pacific front set to deliver a nasty punch, with parts of the North Coast set to feel the edge of an atmospheric River coming aloft.

Environment Canada has issued a RAINFALL WARNING for the North Coast Inland areas of the region, as the southern portion of the North Coast including the Kitimat region feels some of the effects through until mid day Sunday.

Rainfall amounts of up to 70 mm have been called for in the Central Coast, reaching towards the Kitimat area.

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For the Prince Rupert area, the weather while wet and windy at times, won't deliver quite as much precipitation, though there is the prospect of up fo 55 mm of rain through the day Saturday and into Sunday. 

Winds for the coastal area of the North Coast will hit up to 80 km/h, diminishing to 50 km/h by the noon hour.

Marine areas around Haida Gwaii and off the North Coast are currently
under a Storm Warning as a weather system makes its way across the Pacific

The approaching weather has provided for a Marine Forecast that has been upgraded to a STORM WARNING for tonight and tomorrow, with Winds increasing to Southeast 55 knots overnight before diminishing by Saturday morning. 

Seas will increase to 5 metres over night, subsiding to 3 metres by Saturday afternoon.

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For those travelling on the roads on Saturday and Sunday, updated road conditions can be accessed from the Drive BC web site or twitter feed.

Notes on past weather events on the North Coast can be found from our archive page.

Weekend of Crafts, Art and much more ahead at Kaien Island Craft Fair

With what organizers are calling a record number of applications to participate, this years Kaien Island Craft Fair will once again span two days and take up much of the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre complex through to Saturday evening.

The annual showcase of the talents of the North Coast opens the doors at 6PM tonight, featuring a wide variety of handcrafted items made by local and independent artists, designers and crafters.

Opening night tonight runs through to 9PM, with tomorrow making for a full day of shopping ahead with the Saturday showcase set to open at 9 AM until 4PM.

The  need for two days and more space has become a required thing over the last few years, with the event one of the most popular and best attended note on the Prince Rupert calendar for a number of years now.

The Wait is over! The Kaien Island Craft Fair gets underway tonight
with doors opening at 6PM Day Two tomorrow opens at 9AM

Admission to the event is 2 dollars, Children up to 18 years get in for free as do current members of the Prince Rupert Arts Council.

You can explore some of the background to this years event from our preview of a few weeks ago which is available here.

To learn more about the Prince Rupert Community Arts Council, see their website here.

To get updates as opening night arrives see the Kaien Island Craft Fair Facebook page.

More items of note on Community events on the North Coast can be found here.

Ferries, alternate approval results and internal elections the focus for Regional District meeting tonight in Prince Rupert

North Coast Regional Directors meet
at the Coastal Business Centre tonight
for their October District meeting
The November meeting for North Coast Regional District is set for 7PM tonight as the representatives from the North Coast and Haida Gwaii gather at the Coastal Business Resource Centre on Second Avenue West to review a range of items ranging from Ferry concerns to future planning for recreation facilities in a number of area communities.

The ongoing issues related to the staffing of the Kuwna ferry on Route 26 between Skidegate and Aliford Bay will once agin make for some focus, as the Regional representatives review a letter from The Village of Queen Charlotte designed to get the attention of the Minister of Transportation in Victoria.

Earlier this month, we outlined some of the concerns from Haida Gwaii of those impacted by a reduced schedule from BC Ferries, who have now delayed their plans to increase the service between the two islands until next year.

Directors will also move forward with some initiatives coming out the recent Alternate Approval process for projects in Oona River and a number of other Electoral areas within the Regional District boundaries.

Some referrals on proposed wind power projects near Masset are also part of the work ahead on the evening for the Directors.

Members will also receive their supplier payments report for October, which outlines the Regional District purchases in recent months.

Some land referral themes, as well as conservancy and shoreline erosion notes make for a bit more of the work load for Friday night.

The Full Agenda for this evening is available here.

Regional Directors will also be hosting their own internal election process tonight, seeking election of the Chair for 2020, election of Vice-chair, followed by an address from both newly elected members.

For more items of note from Regional District see our archive page here.

Equipment and Supplies make for items for RFP's from City of Prince Rupert

A pair of Requests for Proposals from the City of Prince Rupert look to provide a piece of equipment for the Public Works Department; as well as a supply of Lock blocks for the Ridley Island Road landfill site.

The first of the two RFP's issued yesterday was to provide a design, cost "C" estimate, tender and construction support for the installation of a standby generator at Public Works Building B.

The successful proponent will have all required qualifications and professional abilities that offer sufficient skill and capacity to conduct the detailed design with site specific recommendations.

The timeline towards the installation of the unit is as follows

The deadline for bids is Thursday, November 28th at 2 PM

The second of the bids requests from yesterday is for the Prince Rupert Landfill site, with the city seeking the purchase of 300 Lock blocks.

As part of the specifications for the bid, the City is looking for 250 regular size blocks, 25 half size blocks and 25 L shaped blocks.

The successful bidder will have to deliver the blocks to the Landfill site on or before January 31st.

The city is receiving quotes for the project until November 25th.

For more details related to both RFP's see the BC Bid site for the city's prospectus on the requests.

For a look at some of the past Bid's and Tenders from the City see our archive page here.

A wider overview of Civic matters can be explored from our City Council Discussion page.

PRMHA looking for whistle blowers ... with a little refereeing on the side

With the ranks somewhat thin among the officiating staff of Prince Rupert Minor Hockey, the local hockey organization is looking for some new recruits to don the striped uniform to keep proper order on the ice.

Towards building their staff, the PRMHA is hosting a Referees Clinic tomorrow starting at 8 AM at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre

Once fully qualified the new recruits will become part of the paid staff that requires only a part time commitment.

Those that take to the ice can choose from a shift load that has as little as 1 and half hours at a time to longer time lines if desired.

To help with an incentive to attract new members, the PRMHA will reimburse your 2019 referee clinic fees once you have completed six games on the ice with the Association.

The referees make for one of the essential elements to keeping the kids on the ice with the PRMHA, so if you have some spare time and want to make some spare money, it could be a just right combination.

Learn more about this weekends Clinic from the PRMHA website.

For more items of interest on Minor Hockey in the Northwest see our archive page here.

Pillsbury Avenue Zoning change request to go to Public Hearing November 25th

A request to change the zoning for a property on Pillsbury Avenue will make for the theme of a Public Hearing at the start of the next Prince Rupert City Council session, with the hearing set for Monday, November 25th at 7PM.

The request from the current property owner is to seek a change from the current zoning of R2 Two family residential to RM2 Multi Family Residential, the focus is to change the property from its current status as a duplex to a triplex.

The topic came up for discussion at the City Council session of October 21st, with City Planner Zeno Krekic outlining the nature of the request and providing additional information for the Council members.

You can review his talking points on the process at the 31 minute mark.

As part of the public hearing process, any persons who deem themselves affected by the proposed change will have a reasonable opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions respecting matters contained in the bylaw.

If you have a comment, but cannot be present for the November 25th Public Hearing, you can deliver your written submissions to Mrs. Rosa Miller, the City's Corporate Administrator.

You can address your emails to her at

Written submissions can also be mailed to the City of Prince Rupert, 424 3rd Avenue West, Prince Rupert BC V8J 1L7.

If you have any questions related to the Public Hearing you can contact Mrs. Miller at 250-627-0934

For  a look back at some of the past Public Hearings see our archive page here.

A wider overview of City Council discussion themes can be found here.

Historical notes from last century chart the path for current Pacific salmon crisis

Journals and fish scales dating back to the early 1900's 
may hold the answer to rebuilding Pacific salmon stocks
(photo from Maclean's article of November 13)

A fascinating article in the current online flow from Maclean's Magazine takes a look at the ongoing concerns over Pacific Salmon, making use of material from over 100 years ago from the canneries of the North Coast for the review.

Recently discovered notebooks including some from Port Essington, weave the narrative of a fishery that has seen many ups and downs, the journals which range in time from from 1912 to 1948 provide some invaluable data and anecdotal observations to provide for a much wider portrait of the industry that once ruled the North Coast.

The Skeena and other waters of the Northwest
from a report on salmon genetics
Among the material, a collection of scales from over 65,000 sockeye gathered each year as part of a monitoring program on the Skeena River system, which is described as one of the richest collections of fish scales in the world.

As the Maclean's article explains, the scales provide a living history of the salmon cycle and deliver the verdict on the health of the stocks through the decades of study.

The trail of the journals and fish scales went cold in the 1990's, with the books only recently discovered in a storage office at the Pacific Salmon Commission in Vancouver.

With the newly discovered data in hand, Michael Price who is conducting Ph.D studies in biological sciences at SFU and a team of researchers delivered a report in August of this year.

Titles Genetics of century of fish scales reveal population patterns of decline, the research document is available from the Conservation Letters open source website.

The detailed report, explores many themes and offers up four hypotheses related to the declines in abundance of the moment, with much to learn from the past.

The final paragraph of their findings offers up the hope that their research may help to inform and assist towards rebuilding plans for the Pacific stocks.

Our analyses demonstrate that wild sockeye salmon in Canada are far more diminished than previously realized, and our results should help inform status evaluations and rebuilding plan discussions for depleted populations by expanding our understanding of their production potential. More generally, our study shows how genetic analyses of historical samples can provide insight into centennial‐scale changes in population abundance and diversity.

The overview from Maclean's notes how the documentation provided for warning signs on the need for conservation methods through those years, but were concerns that did not get picked up on.

The article interviews a number of local observers of the salmon fishery along the Skeena system included in the list is the Hereditary Chief of the Gitanyow Malii, also known as Glen Williams, he notes that there are parallels between the current crisis in the salmon fishery as that which brought the East Coast Cod fishery to a collapse.

He notes that time is fast running out for the Northwest to avoid a similar collapse for the iconic Salmon stocks of the river systems of the region.

Also included for comments from the Northwest were Stu Barnes, chair of the Skeena Fisheries Commission and a member of the executive council of the First Nations Fisheries Council of B.C and Greg Knox of Skeena Wild Conservation Trust

The magazine article also includes a podcast which digs even deeper into the themes and makes for an impressive review of the issues that have many fearing for an industry and a way of life on the North Coast.

You can explore both items here.

For more background on the issues and concerns for the fishery on the North Coast see our archive page here.

Gavels at the ready, Prince Rupert's Rotarians and their guests are ready for Rotary Auction Number 55

The stage is set for Monday's launch of the 55th edition of the
Prince Rupert Rotary Auction with the Lester Centre once
again the host for the three night event

A Prince Rupert tradition will take to the city's cable screens and Internet streams on Monday, as the Prince Rupert Rotary Club hosts its three days of sharing community spirit and raising funds for Rotary projects with the Annual Rotary Auction.

The long time fixture on the Prince Rupert Calendar marks year number 55 next week, a popular and always highly anticipated civic event that traces its history back to the days of the Golden Ages of Radio on the North Coast.

Now in the realm of the newest of technology, the Rotary Auction plays out as much on social media as it does through CityWest's cable feed available on CityWest Community TV Channels 10 and 310HD and the streaming options of both CityWest and Rotary.

In addition to the over 650 and still counting items donated by local businesses and groups that will be up for bid, the three nights of the Rotary auction bring the usually, shy and reserved Rotarians out of their shell a bit, with a rotating panel of auctioneers and presenters making for some lively engagement on the nightly broadcasts.

It's almost showtime for the Rotary Auction with a number of local
luminaries set to take to the gavel

Among some of the hosts from past years that have kept the auction on track and made for some lively banter through the event are Doug Kydd, Herb Pond, Rosa Miller, Scott Farwell (known for his sartorial splendour) and Jack Payne and Sheila Gordon-Payne to name a few.

As well, the Lester Centre's own Michael Gurney, who is both Prince Rupert's and the Rotary Auction's resident living thesaurus, will once again provide for dramatic renditions of items for sale and puns of revelry. Many of which will no doubt soon be added to the lexicon of lore that the Rotary Auction has become famous for in recent years.

Beyond the many, many great gift items donated by Prince Rupert businesses and organizations, Rotarians will once again be offering the popular Rotary Auction 750 tickets.

With the ten dollar entry offering you a chance to claim the top prize of $1,500 or secondary prizes of $750 or $250. The tickets are available through any Rotarian or by phone on the three nights of the Auction

The 55th edition of the Rotary Auction runs from Monday, November 18th, to Wednesday, November 20th starting at 6:30 each evening and continuing on for four hours until 10:30 PM each night.

A fleet of Rotarians will also be on standby to deliver the deals picked up over the three nights direct to your door and all you have to do is leave the light on for them.

The three nights will be broadcast from the Lester Centre through the volunteers of CityWest Community Television, if you don't subscribe to CityWest Cable, the auction is also available through the feed below.

CityWest Live Stream feed

A preview of the 2019 items for bid, is available through a home catalogue delivered with last night's weekly paper, you can also explore the items up for bid here with pre-bidding now available.

For updates as we get closer to the First of the three nights of the Auction see the Rotary Facebook page here.

More notes of interest on community events in the region can be found from our archive page.

Another bit of North Coast Innovation on the Prince Rupert waterfront

The Prince Rupert solution to maintenance work was in motion
on the Ridley island waterfront this week

(photo from Coast 2000 twitter feed)

Coast Terminals which works the Prince Rupert waterfront at Ridley Island is showing off some of the ingenuity that keeps goods moving out of the Port of Prince Rupert.

A recent interruption to their operations at Ridley came with a planned outage for work on their dumper system, requiring a made in Prince Rupert solution to the issue.

To keep the product moving, Coast Terminals made use of a newly delivered Straddle excavator to pick up the slack during the maintenance work.

The creative solution meant little in the way of down time for suppliers as product continued to move to export destinations from the Ridley Island facility.

They show off the work around plan here.

Up in the air, soon for the ground, a straddle excavator comes
ashore at Ridley Island last week
photo from Coast 2000 twitter feed)

A previous video from last week showcased the skill of unloading large cargo, as crews at the Ridley Site unloaded the excavator during some of the challenging wind conditions of earlier this month.

The terminal is a partnership between the Vancouver office and Coast Tsimshian Resources, which operates a number of shipping facilities on the North Coast and expanding the footprint of area First Nations into the economic foundation for the community.

You can learn more about the operations from Coast2000 website

 Some further items of note on the Coast Tsimshian Resources investments can be explored here.

Audition call for PRMHA players for spots with Hometown Hockey broadcast in December

Minor hockey players in Prince Rupert looking for perhaps their big break in national broadcasting will be interested in a call for auditions of sorts for this weekend from Prince Rupert Minor Hockey.

With the local hockey organization looking to put together a sample of local talent for the upcoming Hometown Hockey broadcast in the city.

The Rogers Sunday night staple is on its way to Prince Rupert for December 8th and if you've seen the program which travels from community to community, one of the many highlights of the stopovers comes after the countrywide broadcast of the game of the week, is the selection of the three stars, which is done by local hockey players in the host community of the week.

The two lucky candidates get to share some on air time with hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone and will send out the names of the three stars from the Sabres/Oilers game of December 8th.

On Thursday night, by way of their Facebook page the PRMHA outlined the plan for local players to record their 30 second audition piece, with the players to give their name, their team, their number and position. Along with the answer to one question: What does hockey mean to you?

The times for the recordings will be Saturday November 16 from 1:30-3:30 PM and again on Sunday from 11:30 to 1:30 PM

Once the Prince Rupert organizing team has put together the collection of players they will forward the package off to Rogers, who will select the two lucky Three Star Hosts for the night, one male player, one female.

The Rogers Hometown Hockey crew roll into town on December 7th for the set up for the Sunday show on the eighth, their arrival coming on the same weekend as Prince Rupert launches the annual Winterfest  season.

As we noted on Wednesday, the City of Prince Rupert has jumped into the spirit of the upcoming visit by hosting a Business themed "Paint the Town Red" competition, looking to local businesses and industry to decorate their windows to show their Hockey spirit, with the best of the bunch set for a behind the scenes backstage tour of the Rogers Hometown Hockey production.

You can learn more about that initiative here.

For more items of note on Minor hockey across the Northwest see our archive page here.

Keep up to date with all the plans for Hometown Hockey's visit to Prince Rupert from our archive page here.

Province pays out 2019 grants in lieu of taxes across the Northwest

Terrace and Smithers were the largest recipients in the Northwest once again from the distribution of grants in lieu of taxes by the Provincial government for 2019.

That as the province delivered on the financials for properties and government buildings that they own across the region.

The list of funding for communities across British Columbia was released by the Provincial government yesterday.

From the announcement from Municipal Affairs Minister Selina Robinson, it was noted that Terrace was delivered the largest amount at $138,520, with Smithers a close second receiving $128,310 from the provincial government.

Those numbers based on the larger presence that Provincial offices and services have in those communities of the Northwest, with both communities in effect local service centres for their Regions, Terrace for Skeena/North Coast, Smithers for the Bulkley Valley.

With few in the way of government offices or service left in Prince Rupert the City of Prince Rupert will only see $47,253 from the province, most of that focused on the Court House and other local service locations.

The low financial returns for Prince Rupert are consistent with the years of the past.

That as the Provincial government took moves to make Terrace the service centre for the region, with over after more than two decades of offices moving down the highway,  relocating to the Skeena region, with few provincial offices returning to Prince Rupert since the larger exodus of twenty years ago.

The Prince Rupert Court House is one of the few provincially owned properties in
the city that the province provides grants in lieu of taxes  to the City for

The Grants in lieu of Taxes financial stream is deliver each November, with the province paying the grants for service that each community provides, such as parks, sewers, roads and fire protection. The municipalities use the grants to fund and maintain priority public services and infrastructure services.

“We’re proud to support the important work local governments do every day to create jobs, strengthen our local economies and deliver the services British Columbians rely on. These annual grants play a critical role in helping local governments with planning – they use the funding to provide vital services and infrastructure that help improve people’s lives.” -- Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister of Citizens’ Services

The Grant calculations are determined under the Municipal Aid Act, with Provincially owned properties exempt from taxes under the federal Constitution Act.

However, for certain properties, such as government buildings, the Province pays a grant in lieu of taxes. Other provincially owned properties, such as roads and parks, are exempt from paying grants in lieu of taxes under the Municipal Aid Act. Schools and hospitals are also exempt under the law as they are not owned by the provincial government.

The full list of what each community in British Columbia received from the province for 2019 can be viewed here.

For more notes on the work of the British Columbia Legislature see our archive page here.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Washout along Highway 16 makes for one lane alternating traffic between Prince Rupert and Terrace

 A washout has been reported along Highway 16 between
Prince Rupert and Terrace

A washout along the Highway 16 corridor between Prince Rupert and Terrace has traffic limited to one lane, alternating access at a spot 66 kilometres west of Terrace this afternoon.

Ministry of Transportation crews have responded to the incident which was reported in around 2:30 this afternoon, there is not timeline provided at this point as to when two lane east-west traffic will resume in that region of the highway.

Updates on the status of the work at that location can be found from the Drive BC website and MoT Skeena twitter feed.

For more items of note related to the Highway 16 corridor see our archive page here.

On the Fore-th Day of Christmas ... the Golf course awarded me

The Prince Rupert Golf Course has plans to help
make Christmas a Merry one for local golfers

The Prince Rupert Golf Club is looking to bring some of the excitement that the youngsters have for the holiday season to those who hit the links of the Prince Rupert Course.

Golf pro Tyler Stene is sharing the word of the introduction of the Prince Rupert Golf Course Advent Calendar, where for a cost of 20 dollars, Prince Rupert golfers can be be entered in draws to take place through December.

Breaking out the Red for his role as Santa is Prince Rupert Golf Pro Tyler Stene,
He will be hosting the Prince Rupert Golf Cours Advent Calendar draws
which will take place through the month of December

Like Santa, Mr. Stene has checked the list once and then again twice and has come up with a range of prizes big and small ... with the biggest prize of all set for a Christmas Day reveal.

Through the month of December, the Prince Rupert Golf Pro will take to the Golf Club's Facebook Page with each day's draw and a showcase of the prizes that make up for the items to tumble out of Santa's Sleigh.

Participants in the draw will only be awarded one prize, which will make for some interesting Facebook watching as each name is revealed through the month on the way to the 25th!

To enter the draw, text or call Tyler at 250-888 7986 to purchase your entry, you can also reply to the call out to the community through the Facebook post, you can access the link to respond here.

For more items of interest on golf from across the Northwest see our archive page here.

Beach Place Sewer and Storm infrastructure replacement next up on the City's to do list

Beach Place may be the host of the next Big Dig for the City of Prince Rupert

The City's ongoing efforts towards remediation of its aging infrastructure will see some work set for the Beach Place area of the city. Towards the work, the city of Prince Rupert has put out a request for Bids for the job set for the west/central area of the city.

The project which will remove existing sewer and storm drain infrastructure and replace it with new material is just the latest of similar style projects to be taken on in recent months.

Among some of the key areas of scope for the project include:

Proponents are to provide all traffic controller and devices needed to accomplish the works.

Excavated materials to be removed off site with Landfill tipping fees to be waived (iii)

Remove and discard of 130 meters of existing Sanitary main, place and install approximately 130 meters of Sanitary pipe 

Remove, supply and replace two  Sanitary manholes, place and install approximately 130 meters of Storm pipe 

Supply and install two Storm manholes 

Supply and Install twenty Sanitary clean outs and eighteen Storm clean outs at property line (minimum 2% grade) 

Clean outs (sanitary and storm) to be installed into existing services with little to no interruption of existing services

Sanitary clean out to be installed at existing sanitary services at property line 

Storm clean out installed in same trench as sanitary clean out. Storm line to be capped past property line. 

Supply and place approximately 1000m3 of import fill as per City and MMCD Specifications 

As well, as the project moves forward, the proponent is to maintain sanitary services for effected households during construction, with the work area to be reinstated in exact or better condition.

A look at the City's map of areas of work for their Beach Place project

The timeline towards the project has a deadline for bids from proponents set for 2 PM on Tuesday, November 19th, however, the date for the actual work to get underway and for completion has yet to be determined.

An information meeting for the project is scheduled for this afternoon at 2 PM at the site of the work to be done at 11th Street and Beach Place.

The Request for Bids was posted to the BC Bid website on November 8th, you can access the documentation related to it from the government site.

For more notes related to the city's ongoing work on infrastructure see our archive page here, as well you can review some of the city's previous Request for Bids from our archive here.

MLA Rice to host Prince Rupert Holiday Open House tomorrow

MLA Jennifer Rice hosts her Holiday Open House
tomorrow at her Ocean Centre office

North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice is taking advantage of the two week break at the Legislature to host her annual Holiday Open House this week, with the MLA inviting residents to stop by her Ocean Centre Office tomorrow from 4-6 PM

In addition to the chance to chat with the MLA on some local issues, the two hours will feature food, music and beverages, with the event set to be the official launch of the holiday season of office gatherings and other social occasions.

Ms. Rice will be returning to Victoria next week, as the Legislature resumes its work for two more weeks starting on the 18th before taking the Christmas/New Year's Holiday break.

For notes of interest on the provincial scene see our legislature archive, while a wider overview of provincial themes is available on our D'Arcy McGee political portal.

Cartography 101 with Alberta's Frontier Centre

If some Albertan policy analysts have their way, Prince Rupert may need
a new Welcome sign along Park Avenue in the future

As Alberta and Saskatchewan continue to keep their grievances with the Federal government and other provinces of the federation on the high boil, some have apparently taken to a little cartography to bring home their message.

The latest contribution to the expression of Alberta anger comes from an organization called the Frontier Centre for Public Policy which has put forward their vision of the new republic to come, complete with some expansive borders and ocean access making Prince Rupert their tidewater to Asia.

It's not the first time that Prince Rupert and Northern British Columbia have been coveted locations for Independence minded Albertan's with some time on their hands.

In March we made note of the work of two Academics with the University of Calgary, who also floated the idea of a North Coast beach head, their work recounted by Maclean's magazine at the time.

The most recent review of the idea from the Alberta office of the Frontier Centre starts off with an executive Summary which charts some of their future plans, making note of the fundamental rights of Albertans and Saskatchewanians to have "tide-water" rights, as well as a reminder of the economic corridor that came with rail connections between British Columbia and the rest of Canada.

When it comes to the Frontier Centre cartography, the two models that they seem to be focused on, would see a large swath of Northern British Columbia become absorbed by the new collective, with Prince Rupert featured as the "tidewater" of choice it seems in both.

You can read the synopsis of the report and the full document from their website here.

The theme of re-drawing the map has hit the social media scene in Prince Rupert today, that following a twitter note from Danielle Smith an Alberta broadcaster and former politician, who asks the question of "What say you BC?"

And so far this morning for Ms. Smith, the vibe seems to be that of keep your hands off our land ...

The frustration of those in Alberta and Saskatchewan is understandable, as it would be for any area of the country that has been hit by economic hard times.  However making for fanciful land grabs and stirring up emotions probably isn't going to solve the issue, or bring much relief for those looking for real solutions.

The two governments in power in the two provinces at the centre of the current crisis for Confederation,  might want to give some thought to some of the new technology that is coming along that may assist in getting that currently land-locked oil and gas to market.

We recently made note of a trial shipment of bitumen by container through the Port of Prince Rupert, with both CN and other energy shippers looking at interesting concepts that could change the energy delivery industry significantly.

Prince Rupert's Northwest Gateway tests the waters; hosts transit of a test run for containerized bitumen shipments
Will the CanaPux change views on the shipment of oil on the North Coast?

As well, we recently recounted a plan from a Chinese LNG proponent to ship Liquefied Natural Gas to Asia through specialized container units.

Chinese led LNG project in Terrace thinks "Inside the Box" for Shipments out of Port of Prince Rupert

Both would seem to offer a few interesting options to the current impasse over pipelines, offering one or two seemingly workable solutions (though more details are still required), all while the politicians and energy officials rededicate themselves to finding ways to address the ongoing debate over how to deliver Canada's energy resources.

Beyond that, the futuristic thinkers on the prairies might want to consult the most recent electoral map for some guidance on how their plan to takeover the North Coast might play out.

While there may be a current of support toward the idea in some regions of Northern BC, the Northeast in particular which does seem to have more in common with Alberta than the rest of BC.

The North Coast however, was a very solid Orange on Election Day 2019 (as was Churchill the other proposed point of ocean access), which would seem to suggest that the quest for tidewater might run into just a little bit of opposition along the way.

There is no doubt that there is a need to Redirect some energy towards addressing the concerns of those on the prairies, though putting aside incendiary concepts like a redrawing of borders that seems unlikely at best, might be a better focus for all.

Canadians for the most part are fairly good at tackling complex problems, one imagines that we're still up to the challenge of building a better nation and ensuring that very real concerns are addressed, all without the need of divisive themes that for the most part aren't going to help in the debate.

As the national debate continues over how to address the grievances of the prairies, much of it will be heard in the House of Commons, our archive of notes from Ottawa can be explored here.

Other notes on the theme can also be found on our political portal D'Arcy McGee.

A call for priority status for housing issues in Prince Rupert

Last week's official opening of the Cedar Village Elders/Seniors
residence has helped to address some of the housing issues in Prince Rupert,
but there is still much work ahead to provide for affordable housing in the community

The need for improved housing for those in need continues to be a theme for those who deal with the issue closely in the community, with a social media message of last week calling on the Mayor of Prince Rupert of make housing a priority for the city.

The message from Prince Rupert Indigenous Housing was relayed through their social media platforms last week, calling attention to the conditions facing a number of local residents today.

Their note does serve as a reminder that there has not been much said for a while now about the current housing stock situation for those in the most need of affordable housing, the opening of the Crow's Nest of earlier this year marking the last tangible work on the issue.

That facility, which was a long overdue and a welcome addition to the stock of available housing, provided for 36 new units, a downsized version from the original plan to deliver 44 units, but still it was something that was desperately needed and worthy of note at the time.

Another option which also opened  last year is located just a bit further down Park Avenue, with the opening of the refurbished Anchor Inn building, which is operated by the Prince Rupert Indigenous Housing Society and has a number of apartment units now in place and open to all residents of the community.

One other positive move for local housing came last week, as the Metlakatla led Cedar Village Housing Society officially opened the new Elders/Seniors residence at Green and 7th Avenue East, with the first of the tenants set to move in next month.

Last month, Councillor Nick Adey outlined for Council the new ownership plans for a pair of other Seniors residences, Kaien Place and Wayne Place, which now are being operated by an organization affiliated with the Knights of Columbus.

As the Councillor noted  in October, they are looking to upgrade the current facilities, while considering a new structure at some point down the line.

Still, there remains a number of residents that are still in need, the downtown emergency shelter on Third, once considered a temporary fixture to address the immediate need has now become a full time shelter for all intents and purposes.

Since the opening of the Crow's Nest, there hasn't been much said on the political side of the discussion about any future plans for Prince Rupert, with neither MLA Jennifer Rice or City Council making for much information on the path ahead.

The last official note of any kind related to the theme of housing coming from the Mayor's Facebook page in September, when he made a short mention of some discussions that took place with BC Housing officials during the UBCM convention.

The Prince Rupert Indigenous Housing message made note of how different communities approach the issue of housing, and around the Northwest some are more active on the file than others.

The topic of the need for more affordable housing has recently made for some extensive discussion in Smithers and Terrace.

In the Bulkley Valley, Smithers Council members recently made note of the complex nature of the issue and how they may look to solve it in their community.

Housing, infrastructure top priorities in Smithers strategic plan

Terrace, which has already seen some significant levels of affordable housing put in place for those in need, recently hosted a  well attended community forum on the theme. 

The Terrace event provided an opportunity for the public to weigh in with opinions on how that City should be approaching the issue, as well as to learn first hand from their civic representatives as to what plans are in motion for the future.

Terrace comes together on homelessness
Terrace Homeless forum 

Taking the issue of housing to the public, may be a path which the Mayor, Council and MLA may wish to follow up on.

Offering as it does, a chance to provide the community with some idea that they are actively working on to address one of the largest issues in the region and one which is clearly in need of some additional resources and attention as we head into the nastiest of the weather for the year.

For more notes on housing across the Northwest see our archive page.

Prince Rupert RCMP seek public's assistance in locating Missing Prince Rupert resident

Update: Mr. Young has been located, the Prince Rupert RCMP thank the public for their assistance on the case file


Original story

The Prince Rupert RCMP put out a call for the assistance of the public in a missing person's case file on Wednesday evening.

Mounties are seeking the whereabouts of Prince Rupert resident, Melvin Stanley Young, who was last seen at 12:15 PM on November 13th at the Petro Canada Gas station at Prince Rupert's Industrial Park.

Mr. Young is described as a 53 year old, caucasian male, standing 6 feet tall, 180 pounds and with Short brown and Grey hair.

He was last seen driving a White 2014 Ford F-150 Platinum with a canopy, the vehicle licence plate is LJ 3040

His disappearance is considered out of the ordinary for him and the RCMP and his family are concerned for his well being.

Images of Melvin Stanley Young who is the subject of a search by the
Prince Rupert RCMP, the image of the truck is one similar to his vehicle

(Prince Rupert RCMP)

Should you have any information related to their search you can contact the Prince Rupert detachment at 250-627-0700 or through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

More background on the case file can be explored here.

For more items of interest on the work of North Coast Emergency Responders see our archive page here.