The North Coast MLA had a full plate as the week evolved, balancing the relay of the provincial COVID-19 response, with the concerns of many in the community over the fate of the homeless for just a few of the items at the top of her list.
The last seven days for the most part focused on the municipal/provincial political dynamic; but a few other items managed to carve out some space as well.
With our stories on the Port's next expansion plan gaining a strong readership as did our look at how Tourism Prince Rupert is addressing this very worrisome period for local tourism partners.
However, the most read story of the week, saw a large volume of readership reviewing the themes from a correspondence from North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice.
MLA's letter to constituents highlights Province's message; garners familiar attention -- North Coast MLA addressed the residents of the region one week ago through a letter to constituents, a partial response to the actions of the City of Prince Rupert following the suspension of the Local Emergency Statement, a correspondence which elicited some feedback from some familiar names from Mayor Lee Brain's social media following. (posted March 29, 2020)
That article was followed by:
Port of Prince Rupert seeks input on Export Logistics Platform plans for Ridley Island -- Considering how times seen so uncertain at the moment, the planning for a new export terminal at Ridley Island seemed to be a welcome diversion from the moment for many readers. (posted April 2, 2020 )
MLA Rice hopeful of short term solution and longer term resolution to homeless shelter issues in Prince Rupert -- While there still hasn't been any official announcement yet, signs point towards some forward momentum for the long running issue of housing in the community, but not before it appears to have made for a schism between provincial and municipal officials. Earlier in the week, the North Coast MLA had taken the lead on the homeless issue locally, seeking out stakeholders to address the issues of the homeless. (posted April 2, 2020)
Tourism Prince Rupert developing Recovery strategy for tourism sector in wake of COVID-19 -- As the North Coast heads towards the normally very busy Summer tourism season, the uncertainty from the COVID-19 virus has offered up an indication that 2020 will be a very rough patch for local tourism. Already Tourism Prince Rupert is making plans towards rebuilding the foundation of the key local sector. (posted April 3, 2020 )
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