Sunday, May 17, 2020

Blog Watching: Week ending May 16, 2020

The Province of British Columbia figured large in the week's news, with a pair of large scale financial investments in the community serving to help in ways of infrastructure and capital planning as well as to provide for a long sought resource for the housing situation in Prince Rupert.

The twin investments came at opposite ends of the week, with infrastructure funding announced on Monday and the purchase of the old Raffles Hotel to be used for Supportive Housing and an Emergency Shelter announced on Saturday.

The week also saw Councillor Cunningham once again try to stir his fellow Council members to action on the need to address the growing number of abandoned cars and unsightly premises in the downtown area and other parts of the city.

The prospect of an interruption to travel on Highway 16 was raised once again by local First Nation leaders, with the plans for an information checkpoint on Lax Kw'alaams land on the Highway to reaffirm concerns over non essential travel into the region still being actively considered.

But when it came to the most read item of the last week, it was a call for some assistance from the public as Prince Rupert Mounties try to determine the circumstances of a recent motorcycle fatality on Highway 16.

Prince Rupert RCMP seek assistance in investigation into motorcycle fatality on Highway 16 --  Prince Rupert RCMP are hoping that the public can help them piece together the events that led to a motorcycle fatality on Highway 16 one week ago.  (posted  May 11, 2020)

That article was followed by:

Prince Rupert to get $6.5 million from expansive 75 million dollar funding programs for Northern British Columbia  -- The City of Prince Rupert was one of a number of Northern BC communities to gain some financial assistance from the Province this week, as the BC Government announced  more funding for Capital projects and planning.  (posted May 11, 2020)

Councillor Cunningham renews call for clean up of unsightly properties -- In what has become a frequent call from the city councillor, the state of the downtown core and the need for the City be more consistent in seeking some clean up from owners was outlined.   (posted May 142020  )

Coast Tsimshian keep checkpoint option alive as they seek meeting with Premier Horgan on non-essential travel -- Still unhappy with the Provincial government, Lax Kw'alaams and Metlakatla leaders have indicated that an information checkpoint, or even a potential blockade is still a possibility to get some attention to their concerns over travel in to the area. (posted May 14  , 2020)

Province of British Columbia purchases Raffles hotel for Social Housing -- The provincial government and MLA Jennifer Rice made Saturday a significant news day for the North Coast, with the announcement of the purchase of the Old Raffles Hotel, with the building to be turned into supportive housing and an Emergency Shelter.  (posted May 16, 2020 )

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