Sunday, May 31, 2020

Blog Watching: Week ending May 31, 2020

Plans for some additional Social Housing in Prince Rupert dominated the news this week, as BC Housing relayed some notes on a proposed development for the Kootenay Avenue area.

Prince Rupert Council reviewed the proposal Monday night, providing for first reading  of the required zoning amendment, discussing plans to potentially waive a Public Hearing for the property in question, with an extensive information campaign to provide area residents with more background on the project.

Other items of interest on the week, included the hosting duties for North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice who took part in another of the province's Virtual Town Halls on Health in the North.

The British Columbia cruise season came to an end on Friday, as the Federal government extended the ban on cruise ships until the end of October.

In other City council themes, Prince Rupert City Manager outlined the restart program for City Hall, providing a look at the access plan for City Hall, which will be limited to one person at a time and by appointment only.

And if their parents and guardians wish,  students will head back to school on Monday for in class instruction, as SD52 relaunches the local in class part of their COVID response curriculum.

But when it came to the most read item of the last week, City Council's review and plans for the Kootenay area by far made for the most read items.

Kootenay Avenue site proposed for new 55 unit multi family residential development -- Our look at a proposal from BC Housing for a redevelopment of the Kootenay Avenue area found a large audience this week, as did our follow up notes on the discussion related to the city's plans for community engagement on the topic.    (posted  May 25, 2020)

That article was followed by:

MLA's Rice and Oakes to host next Northern Health Virtual Town Hall on  Thursday -- Our preview of this week's Virtual Town Hall found a strong audience as did our account of the Thursday evening online presentation.    (posted May 26, 2020)

British Columbia's large vessel cruise season is over for 2020, with Federal ban to continue  through to October -- Prince Rupert's cruise season like all of British Columbia will most likely be abandoned for 2020, that after the Federal Government extended the ban on large passenger cruise ships until the end of October.    (posted May 29, 2020  )

The City of Prince Rupert's 'new normal' will feature less physical contact with the public -- City Manager Robert Long reviewed the City's plans to limit access to City Hall to one person at a time  and by appointment only. Mr. Long also reviewed some of the city's other restart plans  (posted May  28, 2020)

SD52 releases School Restart Plan along with results of survey which indicate near 50/50 split for parents  on plans to return students to school --  Monday makes for the first day of in class instruction for students since March, as SD52 relayed some of the plans in place for their one month relaunch to wrap up the 2019-20 school year.  (posted May  25, 2020 )

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