Sunday, July 26, 2020

Blog Watching: Week ending July 26, 2020

COVID-19 grabbed the headlines by the time Friday afternoon arrived, that after Northern Health expanded on a community outbreak on Haida Gwaii, the topic quickly capturing the attention of a large volume of readers.

As it was a city council week, many of our stories related to the Monday Council session found some interested readers as well, led off by our notes on those who have been selected for civic recognition in 2020.

Also making for a strong current of interest on the week was our look at growing concerns about uncivil behaviour in the downtown area, the city's council members receiving a passionate update from the members of the Royal Canadian Legion asking for Council to do something to address their concerns.

The city's plans for relocation of the airport ferry dock also made for a Council topic that attracted some significant interest.

The earth rumbled to the northwest of us late Tuesday night, and from our first notes about the 7.8 earthquake in the Aleutian islands of Alaska the audience grew into the morning, that as we provided for some updates on the prospect of any tsunami warnings for British Columbia waters and shorelines.

However, when it came to the most read item of the last week, the concerns over the outbreak of COVID on Haida Gwaii rocketed to the top of our readers list.

Community outbreak of 13 cases of COVID-19 recorded on Haida Gwaii -- Reports of an outbreak of what Northern Health has called epidemiologically linked cases of COVID-19 on Haida Gwaii echoed loud across the Northwest Friday afternoon, as the health authority provided a bit of background to the still developing story.  COVID-19 was also a topic earlier in the week for Prince Rupert city council, with concerns raised by a resident during the Committee of the Whole, followed up later by a pair of Council members.   (posted  July  24, 2020)

That article was followed by:

City of Prince Rupert pays tribute to community excellence with announcement of Civic Recognition Award recipients -- After a spring and summer of COVID measures restricting gatherings and with it some of our celebrations of community, City Council brought a bit of positive news to share this week, announcing those who will be honoured with a range of Civic awards for 2020.    (posted July 22, 2020)

Downtown behaviour makes for Monday night discussion topic for Council  -- Members of Prince Rupert City Council received a bit of an eye opener of a review of the state of downtown this week, as a delegation from the Royal Canadian Legion called on the city to address growing issues of anti-social behaviour, drunkenness and other concerns in the downtown core    (posted July 22, 2020)

7.8 magnitude earthquake generates Tsunami warning for Alaska mainland -- While many on the North Coast were slumbering through the night, Emergency officials were watching both sides of the A/B line for signs of a tsunami following a significant earthquake in the Aleutians late Tuesday night. As the hours passed, any concerns for the North Coast, Haida Gwaii and Vancouver Island were put to rest by early Wednesday morning    (posted July  212020 )

Rupert's Landing grant application up for discussion at Council tonight --  Prospects for forward moment on the relocation for the Airport Ferry dock improved this week, as City Council voted to seek out grant opportunities and with it give strong consideration towards a new name for the Rupert's Landing concept. (posted July 20, 2020)

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