Sunday, February 23, 2020

Blog Watching: Week ending February 23, 2020

BC's provincial budget and the discussion about the ongoing protests around the province and nation made for a fair bit of interest for readers of the blog this week, with a number of readers checking out our notes on the provincial scene.

Basketball and Hockey also dominated the reading list for the week, with our items of note on the various Charles Hays Secondary Rainmaker teams generating a large audience, as did our preview of this weekend's CIHL playoff series with the Terrace River Kings.

More closures for Prince Rupert's business sector also made for a busy news review for the week, as two more  popular locations were forced to close their doors at the request of the landlord of their building.

However, the most read story of the week brought us to the legislature and the political themes in Victoria.

Skeena MLA Ross calls out past NDP comments and asks Government to condemn 'eco-colonialist actions of radical groups" -- It has been a raucous two weeks so far at the BC Legislature as the debate and discussion related to protests in British Columbia and Canada takes hold. Among those gaining some prime time exposure in the Legislature has been opposition MLA Ellis Ross. (posted  February 20 , 2020)

That article was followed by:

Trishan Foods another business asked to vacate block on Fourth Street -- The downtown core has seen more thinning out in its commercial sector, with two more stores in a block on fourth street leaving their past locations. Trishan foods and Data Boy the latest of commercial operations to close their operations in the city's core.  (posted February ,  2020  )

Charles Hays set to host Senior Boys Basketball Zones this weekend -- Less than a week after the end of another exciting All Native Basketball Tournament, Hoops fans continued to follow the game this time at the High School level, with our notes on three of the Charles Hays Rainmakers teams finding some strong audiences. In addition to our look in at the Senior Boys tourney, readers also explored our items on the Junior Boys in Langley and the Preparations for the Senior Girls trip to Provincials next week.  (posted February  20, 2020)

Mayor makes note of the highlights from his trip to Victoria this week --  BC's Provincial Budget Week brought Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain down to the Capital city, with Mr. Brain in the legislature for the Tuesday Budget speech and a number of meetings over the course of the rest of the week.     (posted February 21, 2020 )

Rampage and River Kings ready to rumble as CIHL playoffs continue -- Rampage fans were quick to check out our preview of this weekends CIHL showdown between Northwest Rivals Prince Rupert and Terrace. It proved to be a rough weekend for the Ramapge though, with Terrace taking both the Friday and Saturday contest to claim the series 2 games to 0(posted  February  21, 2020)

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

MLA's Week: February 18-20, 2020

It was Budget week for the NDP government, with Finance Minister Carole James presenting the financial plan for 2020 in the Legislature on Tuesday, with debate on the document following through the week.

Few surprises from Finance Minister Carole James as NDP deliver stay the course Budget for 2020 on Tuesday

And while normally the budget release would dominate the proceedings of the Legislature for the week, this has been another tumultuous week for MLA's with the events in Wet'suwet'en territory and other communities of the province related to that dispute claiming a significant amount of time in Question Period.

Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain was in Victoria for the week as well, taking in the Budget Speech and Liberal response on Wednesday, as well as taking in a number of meetings with a number of government officials.

Mayor makes note of the highlights from his trip to Victoria this week

As for the second week of work in the House for the spring session, the three days unfolded as follows:


On the week, Ms Rice was listed twice in the accounts of the sessions of the Legislature from February 18-20

On Wednesday, the North Coast MLA paid tribute to Heiltsuk elder Maxwell Johnson, who was about to be celebrated by the Heiltsuk Nation later that day.

MLA Rice pays tribute to Heiltsuk Nation member Maxwell Johnson in Legislature statement

She also introduced one of the newest constituents living on the North Coast, an introduction that was well received by the members of the Legislature.

MLA Rice gets warm reception with introduction of newest constituent at the Legislature

The North Coast MLA is also a permanent member of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, serving as the convener of that forum.

Transcripts of the work of the committee are available on the Legislature page for the Committee.

Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs


For our readers from the Terrace-Kitimat region, Skeena MLA Ellis Ross  was listed once in the accounts of  the Legislature from February 18-20.

The Skeena MLA was once again one of the lead Liberals in Question Period addressing a range of questions to the Government side on the dispute in the Wet'suwet'en territory.

Skeena MLA Ross calls out past NDP comments and asks Government to condemn 'eco-colonialist actions of radical groups'

The Mills Memorial Hospital replacement plan also was part of the current for discussion this week, mentioned in the budget on Tuesday and noted by MLA Ross through his Social media feed.

Carole James's 2020 Provincial Budget moves Mills Memorial Hospital closer to the finish line

Mr. Ross is also a permanent member of the Standing Committee on Legislative Initiatives.

He has also been appointed to the Standing Committee on Children and Youth

The Skeena MLA is also a member of the Special Committee for Review of the Police complaint process, you can follow their work here.

There is more background on both the North Coast and Skeena MLA's available from our MLA's Week Archive, as well as our constituency archives below:

North Coast constituency

Skeena and Stikine constituency

The Legislature returns to its work on Monday.

The full schedule for the Legislature for 2020  can be viewed here.

A larger overview of provincial issues can be found on our political portal D'Arcy McGee

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

Friday, February 21, 2020

Prince Rupert's Watson Island story makes for good reading ... for Burns Lake Council and residents

Some interesting notes of interest on Watson Island and Prince Rupert's
Legacy Fund can be explored in a report presented to the
Burns Lake Town Council

Prince Rupert City Council hasn't offered up much in the way of updates on the progress for the Watson Island Intermodal Trade and Logistics Park since Pembina Energy outlined their initial investment plans back in 2017.

But it seems that when officials from Burns Lake recently made some inquiries about the background to the city's Industrial site, the red carpet was rolled out as they City showcased their plans for the once shuttered pulp mill lands.

An article in the Burns Lakes District News from earlier this month, outlines the investigative work of the Burns Lake Economic Development office, with Economic Development Officer Lorie Watson providing a report for the Burns Lake Council that looked at the Prince Rupert quest to revitalize the Watson Island lands.

The eye catcher for the Burns Lake EDO, the 75 million dollars in anticipated revenues in leasing payments and property taxes expected to be delivered over the course of the long term commercial agreements in place.

So far the only tenant identified for the site has been Pembina's interest, with the Alberta energy company recently increasing its footprint on the industrial site.

In her notes, Ms. Watson outlines for the Burns Lake Council how the City has invested approximately 250 million into the Watson Island site as part of the redevelopment project.

The report also explored some of the themes related to the City's Prince Rupert Legacy Incorporated instrument, which the City of Prince Rupert uses towards acquiring, leasing and disposing of city lands, among other purposes at the direction of the City.

The highlight passage for the Watson Island portion of the report outlines the returns anticipated

While the Legacy Incorporated Focus is on the perceived advantages and disadvantages of the city's financial instrument.

The Five pages of the report are included on page 33 of the February 4th Agenda for Burns Lake Council, we provide a copy of it below:
(click to enlarge the panels below)

The inquisitive and lucky residents of Burns Lake,  now perhaps know more about the two Prince Rupert projects; than those of us who live within the city limits and make for the actual shareholders of the city's portfolio.

As we've noted numerous times over the last number of years, neither the progress of the Watson Island initiative, which is often cited on the Mayor's Facebook page as our newest gem; nor the mysterious work of the Prince Rupert Legacy instrument ever seem to make for much discussion in a public Prince Rupert Council session.

Legacy Corporation Archive

Watson Island Archive

Though one imagine's that the topics are surely part of the off the grid agendas for the many closed Council sessions that the City Council members host during the course of a year.

If any of the council members are inclined to share some thoughts towards  a similar style report and public presentation for their own residents, they could always make use of Monday's City Council session to set out a timeline for a public review in the weeks to come.

Offering Council a chance to put aside some time to provide Prince Rupert residents with some insight into how both of the initiatives are performing these days.

For more notes on City Council themes see our Council Discussion archive page here.

One night down, three to go for Prince Rupert Chambers' Business Excellence Awards Nominee Presentations

An opportunity to see what this years nominees in the Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards have to offer is now underway, with the first night of four nights of Presentations launched on Thursday through the Chamber Facebook page and CityWest Community Television.

As we noted yesterday, the project offers a chance to explore each of the nominees ventures and then turns the voting over to the viewer by way of a text number.

Last Night's First Flight included the finalists for Industry and Manufacturing, Professional Excellence and Rookie Business

The schedule of categories for the weekend is as follows:

Friday 7 PM

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Indigenous Peoples Entrepreneurship Award
Tourism and Accommodation Excellence

Saturday 7PM

Individual Customer Service Excellence
Community Involvement Award
Retail Excellence

Sunday 7 PM

Not-for-Profit of the Year 
Home-Based Business Excellence 
Award for Dining Distinction

You can find a list of all of the nominees in all categories from our item of January 22nd.

Once you have viewed each of the categories the process to vote is as follows:

VOTE BY TEXT: send the appropriate three-digit finalist code to this phone number: 778 909-7045. The voting code will appear on screen. 

VOTE BY PHONE: call the number and vote using your touch-tone phone. You may also use the toll-free number 1-877-885-9248.

Learn more about the Business Excellence Awards Nominees and the competition from the Chamber's Facebook page

More notes on the City's Business sector can be found from our archive page here.

Travel conditions remain good so far for those making the trip for Hobiyee 2020

Travellers making their way to Gitlaxt'aamiks - New Aiyansh today and tomorrow for Hobiyee, so far have had fairly good weather and driving conditions for the journey.

Drive BC does not make note of any major situations for travellers today and the Environment Canada Forecast for today and tomorrow is a pretty good one, though for those heading back home on Sunday there may be a chance of snow for the travels.

You can keep watch on the road conditions ahead through our archive page of Highway camera listings here.

The two day celebration of the Nisga'a New Year got underway at 9:30 AM and the schedule of events makes for an energetic 48 hours to welcome in the new moon.

The weekend events are being streamed live by CFNR

You can review some of our notes on Hobiyee here.

Black Press dips into Federal journalism fund to fill some vacancies

Prince Rupert's Northern View, one of a number of Black Press
newspapers that are located in the Northwest 

With a number of positions to fill at newsrooms across the Northwest, Black Press has made a dip into the newly created Federal Fund that provides financial assistance to newspapers across Canada.

Earlier this month, the Help Wanted section of Prince Rupert's Northern View featured a pair of positions available; both apparently funded through the Local Journalism Initiative, with positions in Smithers and Haida Gwaii noted as being Government Funded openings.

The funding program was announced last year by the Federal Government, part of the Trudeau Liberal's answer towards the ongoing closures of community newspapers and the consolidation of the industry.

Some background on the program can be explored here.

The fund has been a bit of a controversial financial instrument, with many journalists questioning how objective a publication can be, particularly on federal issues, if they are tapping into the vat of money that Ottawa has put on the table.

The Liberal program also drew some heat for ignoring private non-community broadcasters who were left off the list of those available to access the funding.

Despite some recent departures from the Prince Rupert offices of the Northern View, so far there have been No Help Wanted ads posted for positions locally.

Whether funded by the Black Press financials or those of the new Government Fund.

But as they say in Advertising, Watch this Space!

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

Mayor makes note of the highlights from his trip to Victoria this week

Mayor Brain from the lawn of the Legislature after
taking in almost a  week of provincial politics 

Almost a week of politicking down in Victoria has Mayor Lee Brain returning to the North Coast seeming quite energetic, that from the notes from the Mayor delivered through his Social media platform on Thursday.

In his dispatch from the pre flight area, Mr. Brain provided a synopsis of some of the events of the week, which included his attendance in the Legislature for the BC Budget speech, with the Mayor right in the heart of the Chamber, three deep on the Liberal side of the House for the day.

Mayor Brain (seated behind Skeena Liberal MLA Ellis Ross)
was on hand for  Tuesday's BC Government Budget Speech

From his Facebook page Mr. Brain recounts a round of meetings he had with a number of ministers and provincial ministries, noting how over his five years in office now the City has worked to build positive relationships with both politicians and bureaucrats.

As the Mayor tells it in his post, many of the Deputy Ministers in the Horgan government have read through the City's ambitious 2030 vision document, with Mr. Brain noting that an inter-ministerial team is coming together to discuss how to support Prince Rupert's development plans.

The Mayor also takes a moment from his Victoria review, to make note as to how the new Vision plan will require the work of a Vision Stewardship Council of local partners that will oversee the next decade of development , a private sector/municipal arrangement that City Council has not dedicated much public discussion time towards while in Council chambers.

That apparent new and somewhat unelected level of governance is really a topic that the Council membership should bring to the public forum, in order to clarify what each partner brings to their roles and what accountability the public may see from the new arrangement.

Beyond the new era for development, the Mayor makes note of the upcoming City Budget process and the reworking of the City's official Community Plan.

As well he offers up a check list for where residents can expect to see progress this year.

The Mayor wraps up his latest Facebook notes with very much a clarion call to action for the community and those who as he puts it "believe in this community" to rally to the Council plans for the years ahead.

Though it does leave one to wonder, if anyone who may have a few questions when it comes to some of the plans and decisions by Council, has any kind of role to fill in the new Prince Rupert of the vision plan.

"Folks, this is Rupert’s time and I hope that all those who believe in this community will come together to make it happen with us. I’m looking forward to seeing a brand new community emerge over the next few years in partnership with all the amazing people of this place we call home." -- Mayor Lee Brain from his Facebook notes of Thursday

The Victoria trip this week is just the latest of out of town travel for the mayor in what has been a very busy six weeks so far.

You can review his Facebook page talking points here.

For more items of note on Council Discussion themes see our archive page.

Rampage and River Kings ready to Rumble as CIHL playoffs continue tonight

Showdown time at the Jim tonight, as the Prince Rupert Rampage
open up Round Two of the CIHL playoffs
against the visiting Terrace River Kings

Round Two of the 2020 CIHL Playoffs gets underway tonight at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre, as the hometown Rampage take to the ice against their long time rivals the Terrace River Kings.

Tonight's 8PM puck drop marking the start of the Best of three game series to advance to the CIHL championship.

The Rhinos head into tonight's ice breaker after a hard fought (literally) three game series with the Hazelton Wolverines, the Hazelton team making its return to CIHL action this year a memorable one with a strong surge in the back end of the regular season and some tough nosed hockey in the playoffs giving the Rampage all they could handle over the course of the three games.

Terrace, which finished atop the CIHL with a late season run dispatched the Kitimat Ice Demons in two straight games to advance to Round Two this week.

The two teams went head to head three times in the Regular Season, two of the three match ups fairly close affairs, while the third and pivotal game to secure first place went to the River Kings in a convincing 10-5 victory.

But the past is the past and with a shot at the Coy Cup up for grabs, the Rampage will have much to focus on as they take to the ice in front of what should be another jam packed and noisy madhouse on McBride.

Tonight's puck drop at 8 PM also offers a chance for some of the Rampage's younger fans to put their artwork on display, with the team offering free admission to those youth who bring their posters and signs to the Jim for tonights showdown.

More pregame notes can be found from the Rampage Facebook page.

Games Two and if necessary Three are set for the Terrace Ice Arena on Saturday and Sunday.

For a wider overview of the CIHL see our archive page here.

MLA Rice gets warm reception with introduction of newest constituent at the Legislature

Like all MLA's North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice enjoys making note of visitors from the home constituency to the British Columbia Legislature, with Ms. Rice making an introduction for one of the newest residents on the North Coast who was in Victoria on Thursday.

The newcomer, who is perhaps a few years away yet from casting a ballot (though we suspect it will be one in favour of the incumbent), had a pretty good spot for the spotlight, lifted to the air for the Members from a spot on the front bench of the Government side of the House.

Judging by the reaction of the MLA's in the House, bringing young Lua to the Chamber certainly had a calming effect on the members in the midst of a very tumultuous week in the Legislature.

Which could make for a future career as a mediator for the young lad in the years to come.

For more notes on the work of MLA Rice in the Legislature see our archive page here.

City looks to replace some Public Works machinery through latest bid calls

The City of Prince Rupert Public Works department is on the
hunt for some replacement equipment

The City of Prince Rupert is ready to write some cheques, with two Calls for Bids released last week for some equipment replacement plans for the City's Public Works department.

The first is a plan for the replacement of a 1995 CAT Loader.

The City is looking to replace the current Loader with machinery that has equivalent or similar capabilities, New or Used, to adequately suit the needs of day to day operations within the municipality.

The Request for proposals notes that suppliers can offer up multiple equivalent style loaders  with optional equipment, with the City to choose the best equipment for daily operations.

Among the requirements:

Air Conditioned Cab
Rock Bucket 
Clean Up Bucket
Snow Plow
Loader will be used for loading gravel trucks, mixing salt, sand and snow plowing in the winter  Maintenance Program Options
Warranty Options
New or Used Unit
Preference will be given to local Northwest distributers for Serviceability and warranty works
Trade in Option for 1995 CAT IT28F Loader with Plow

Deadline for proposals is 2 PM March 3rd

The Second piece of equipment up for replacement is a John Deer Backhoe.

The City is looking to replace the current Backhoe with machinery that has equivalent or similar capabilities, New or Used, to adequately suit the needs of day to day operations within the municipality.

The Request for proposals notes that suppliers can offer up multiple equivalent style loaders  with optional equipment, with the City to choose the best equipment for daily operations.

Among the requirements

Air Conditioned Cab w/Heat 
Extendable Boom 
4 way front bucket 
Rock Bucket 
Clean Up Bucket 
Snow Plow 
Hydraulic Compactor/Hoe Package 
Hydraulic Thumb 
Planer (Asphalt) 
Light Package 
Light Package
Warranty Options 
New or Used Unit 
Preference will be given to local Northwest distributers for Serviceability and warranty works 
Must be same or similar to the capabilities, size and weight to a John Deere 310SG

Deadline for proposals is 2 PM March 3rd

The full Request for Bids notes can be found from the Bid BC website.

For a look at some of the past Requests for Proposals from the City of Prince Rupert see our archive page here.

Senior Girls Rainmakers Langley Bound for Provincials next week

Heading for Langley! The Charles Hays Senior Girls Rainmakers are
off to the Provincial Basketball championships next week

With a little last minute fundraising underway off the court and a couple of more practices to go before departure, the Senior Girls Basketball Rainmakers are almost set for their journey to Langley and their shot a provincial banner.

The tournament takes place at the Langley Events Centre from February 26 to 29 and this week the 'Makers received news of their first match up for the tourney.

With the Senior Girls set to take on Okanagan Mission in the Icebreaker on Wednesday, February 26th with a tip off at 8PM at teh Centre Court of the Langley Events Centre.

The opener will make for a tough opening challenge for the Charles Hays squad, with the Okanagan Mission team listed as the Number Two seed for the AAA Girls Tournament.

As is the case for all of the Provincial Tournaments, fans of the Rainmaker Girls can follow their path of next week through a streaming video service offered by the Tournament organizers.

You can learn more about the streaming options here.

As the tourney gets underway, we'll keep up to date on the results and notes from the Senior Girls event, with updates found here.

You can review the AAA Girls Tournament website here, while a good resource of notes on the Tournament can be found through the Varsity Letters blog created by long time Vancouver sports observer Howard Tsumura.

For updates on the Senior Girls and all of the Rainmaker teams follow these twitter feeds.

CHSS Rainmakers

CHSS School twitter feed

A reminder, there is some basketball at the Charles Hays Gym this weekend, that as the Senior Boys host the Northwest Zones, with Smithers and Caledonia from Terrace in town for the double knock out event, with the winner off to Provincials in March.

For more items of note on Rainmaker Athletics see our archive page here.

2020 AAA Senior Girls Provincial Tournament Archive

Our notes on the travels of the Charles Hays Senior Girls Rainmakers, who are in Langley for Provincial Zones February 26-29

Opening Match Up
Wednesday, February 26

Charles Hays Rainmakers vs Okanagan Mission
8 PM Tip off  -- Langley Events Centre Court

Notes of interest on the tournament can be found below:

February 21 -- Senior Girls Rainmakers Langley bound for Provincials next week  NCR

Live Streaming info available here.

For more on the Rainmaker Athletics programs see our archive page here.

Carole James's 2020 Provincial Budget moves Mills Memorial Hospital closer to the finish line

It was but a single half line from a list of provincial spending outlined in the Tuesday budget delivered by Finance Minister Carole James, but for supporters of plans for a new Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace, the Finance Minister's words made for yet another benchmark for the long anticipated new Medical Facility for the Northwest.

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross made note of the good news through his Social media feed on Wednesday, with the Liberal MLA benefiting in the way of congratulations for the progress for the project.

In amidst all the praise for the positive momentum for the hospital, was a comment from Prince Rupert however, that while perhaps misdirected towards the Skeena MLA's social media stream; still does provide a glimpse as to some of the concern in Prince Rupert as to the fate for local medical services on the North Coast with the prospect of a larger more advanced medical facility soon to be built.

"Are there any plans from Northern Health to implement a hub and spoke model that will remove surgical services from Prince Rupert and centralize them in Terrace?"

It is probably a question that Mr. Lambourne, or others in the community may wish to take to their own MLA, representatives of Northern Health or Prince Rupert City Council.

Perhaps asking the latter to become a bit more vocal towards ensuring that Prince Rupert Regional Hospital and medical care in Prince Rupert doesn't see any erosion.

It has been a topic in the past that Councillor Barry Cunningham occasionally has brought to Council's attention, most recently in the May of 2019.

"I'm a little concerned about us possibly losing some of our services and as we discussed once before, bringing up a health advisory group, and I wold like to maybe in the next meeting discuss that or actually bring the points to do that"

Though, as things have evolved, we never seem to hear any follow up notes from the Mayor or Council, when it comes to whether they have secured any reassurances from provincial officials.

Since they seem to have some troubles when it comes to creating and filling council Agendas these days, what with Council meetings of seven and fourteen minutes of late.

Perhaps Council could invite both MLA Jennifer Rice and officials from Northern Health to Council for a public presentation on how the new facility in Terrace will work in concert with Prince Rupert.

Providing a chance for the Council members to maybe ask a few questions on behalf of residents as to future plans in Prince Rupert and to secure some reassurances that local medical care won't decline once the shiny, new facility in Terrace rises on its foundation.

More notes on Northern Health can be explored here.

A wider overview of City Council Discussion themes can be reviewed through our Council Discussion Archive.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award presentations launch tonight

With the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce having now put down the cameras and finished off the editing, Tonight marks the roll out if the video presentations for this years finalists in the 2020 Business Excellence Awards.

The videos will air on City West Community Television Channels 10SD and 310HD as well as through  the Chamber's Facebook Page.

Tonight's presentations will showcase a number of the first wave of nominees, followed by your chance to cast your vote for which local business or organization you believe merits the accolades for 2020.

The first of the showcase episodes airs at 7PM this evening and the text or phone numbers to vote will appear on your screen, along with the finalist code required for you to mark your vote.

Up for your review for night number one will be the nominees for the following categories:

You can learn more about tonight's presentations from the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page.

As they release the schedule for the remainder of the nominees we'll follow up on the first round tonight, with further notes on those to come.

For more items of interest on the city's business sector see our archive page here.

Charles Hays set to host Senior Boys Basketball Zones this weekend

The Charles Hays Gyn on the city's east side will be host for this years
Northwest Senior Boys Basketball Zones set for Friday-Sunday

The long but rewarding regular season of basketball came to an end last week for the Charles Hays Senior Boys, with a pair of victories over the  DP Todd Trojans from Prince George sending the Senior Rainmakers on to Zones on a winning note.

This weekend they will look to advance to Provincials, as they host the Northwest Zones with Smithers and Caledonia from Terrace in town to try and scupper the Charles Hays ambitions.

The Round Robin Double Knockout Showcase features at least four games of fast paced basketball through Friday and Saturday, with a Sunday date kept open just in case its required.

The 2020 Northwest Zones Schedule looks as follows:

Friday 2 PM -- Charles Hays 67 vs Caledonia 26
Friday 7 PM -- Charles Hays 71 vs Smithers 39

Saturday 10 AM -- Caledonia  68 vs Smithers 45
Saturday 5PM -- Charles Hays 87 vs Caledonia 37

Senior Boys Claim Northwest Zones and now move on to provincials in early March

If required there will be a Sunday match up at 1 PM to determine the Northwest Representative for the 75th Anniversary Season of Provincials set once again for the Langley Events Centre from March 4-7.

As long as the results keep coming our way we'll keep the scoreboard above updated through the weekend.

The Charles Hays Senior Boys are no doubt looking forward for the basketball mad crowd in Prince Rupert to pack the gym on the Prince Rupert Boulevard campus all weekend long, there in numbers to help push that home town advantage and the Rainmakers towards Provincials.

The Senior Boys will be the last of the Charles Hays Basketball teams looking to control their fate for the wrap up to the 2019-20 basketball season.

Earlier today we highlighted the travels south of the Junior Boys Rainmakers who start their Provincial tourney in Langley on Saturday.

Tomorrow, be sure to check the blog out for our look at the path ahead for the CHSS Senior Girls Rainmakers who will be heading south next week for their shot at Provincial Banner.

For more notes on CHSS athletics see our archive page here.

City hosts Child Care Action Plan Open House tonight at Lester Centre

Child Care in Prince Rupert is the theme for an Open House
tonight at the Lester Centre from 6-9 PM

Tonight's the night for a first glance at some of the work moving ahead towards creating a Child Care Action Plan in Prince Rupert, as the City of Prince Rupert hosts an Open House tonight at the Lester Centre of the Arts.

The Open House is part of a wider engagement process that has been underway, with the City releasing its Draft Study on Childcare earlier this month, providing the 47 page review of their findings to the public for review.

The project was compiled by Watson Projects, working in collaboration with the City of Prince Rupert, Kate Toye, Liliana Dragowska Planning and Engagement and Cherie Enns Consulting.

The Draft program came together following interviews and feedback with a number of participants including parents, children, child care providers, city staff, elected officials and other stakeholders.

We dug a little further into the information release of early February here.

Once you have had a chance to explore the Draft Plan and take in tonight's Open House, the City of Prince Rupert would like to hear from you.

Part of their engagement process includes this Child Care Survey, now available for participation on through the Rupert Talks platform.

As for tonight's Open House at the Lester Centre, those attending the event which takes place from 6 to 9PM, will hear about the success stories that have been found in other communities and if they wish can participate in the discussion on what residents in Prince Rupert may wish to see.

All of those that drop into the Open House tonight will be entered in a draw for a $500 RESP provided by Northern Savings.

You can learn more about tonight's event here, as well as from the City of Prince Rupert Facebook page.

For more items of interest on City of Prince Rupert initiatives see our archive page here.

Junior Boys Rainmakers draw Burnaby South for Provincials Opener on Saturday

The first of what could be the start of a Charles Hays Secondary invasion of Langley gets underway this weekend as Head Coach Kevin Sawka and Assistant Coach Matt Allen bring the Junior Boys squad to the Provincial tournament set to run from Saturday, February 22 to 25th. 

The Junior tip off for 2020 tournament, the 51st annual gathering for the Juniors, leads off over two weeks of high energy basketball with representatives form all corners of the Northwest in Langley for Provincial Finals in all Divisions of High School Basketball in British Columbia,

The Rainmakers punched their ticket to the Provincial showcase with a Zones victory earlier this month and with the win began their planning for what has become almost an annual journey to the south in the month of February.

The opening draw for Provincials took place this week and as they hit the court on Saturday morning, the Junior Boys will take on Burnaby South at 1 PM in the Field House of the Langley Events Centre.

The Burnaby Squad was listed as the Number Five team in BC during the final Junior Boys Poll of February 5th, the Junior Boys spent a good portion of the basketball season hovering just under the number ten spot gaining a number of honourable mentions.

A win for the 'Makers will move them further along the path towards a provincial banner, with a second Saturday game at 8:30 as the tourney heats up towards the Provincials finale on Tuesday at 7 PM.

As they have in the past, Tournament organizers are offering a Live Stream for those looking to cheer on their favourite team from afar. The Pay Per Views options include a Single Day pass or a Full event pass.

You can learn more about the streaming options here.

We'll keep track of the Rainmaker's path this weekend an offer up updates as the tournament carries forward towards Tuesday, those updates will be outlined here.

The Tournament website can be reviewed here, while notes on all of the High School Basketball to come through to mid March can be followed by way of Howard Tsumura's Varsity Letters blog.

For more items of note on Rainmaker Athletics see our archive page here.

BC Junior High Basketball Championships Archive

Our notes on the travels of the Charles Hays Junior Boys Rainmakers, who are in Langley for the 51st annual Provincial Tournament February 22-25.


Sunday, February 23, 2020
Charles Hays Rainmakers 40 vs  Valleyfield 42


Saturday, February 22, 2020
Charles Hays Rainmakers 44 vs Prince George 75

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Charles Hays Rainmakers 28 vs Burnaby South 55

Notes of interest on the tournament can be found below:

February 20 -- Junior Boys draw Burnaby South for Provincials Opener on Saturday

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