Air Service on the North Coast dominated the week's news flow, that following word from Air Canada that as of January 18th the route serving Prince Rupert - Vancouver would be suspended.
The announcement (the second suspension of service in less than a year) would prove to be the topic of the week, with a number of follow up stories to come exploring the situation.
COVID was close behind when it came to capturing the interest of our readers, with a pair of stories focused on the ongoing concern in the Nass Valley and the roll out of a vaccination program by Northern Health gaining significant attention.
And two notes on Port related stories also cracked our top five list, with our look at leasing plans for a waterfront property near the Northland Cruise Terminal and some provincial investment in the Ridley Island Export Logistics Terminal both finding a strong audience this week.
However, the upcoming loss of air service to and from Prince Rupert by far was the most discussed topic of the week.
Air Canada set to suspend air service to Prince Rupert: report -- Tuesday night provided the first hint of what would be a week of news related to the decision by Air Canada to suspend service on the Vancouver-Prince Rupert route with no date of return indicated with the following Wednesday statements. You can review the full week of news items on the situation from our Transportation archive page here. (posted January 12, 2021)
That article was followed by:
Prince Rupert Port Authority offers leasing opportunity for waterfront property near Northland Cruise Terminal -- A prime location adjacent to both downtown and Cow Bay is up for leasing, with the Port of Prince Rupert looking for applications towards commercial development. (posted January 12 , 2021)
Northern Health updates listings of communities where COVID Vaccine has been delivered -- As the number of communities grow for vaccine delivery, Northern Health has begun to post updates to their dedicated webpage for the program. While Prince Rupert has yet to be added to the list, Mayor Lee Brain provided a local update at Monday night's Council Session. That following a question from Councillor Gurvinder Randhawa (posted January 15, 2021)
Nisga'a Lisims Government declares State of Local Emergency to prevent spread of COVID-19 -- As case reports of COVID-19 continued to come, officials in the Nass Valley announced that a State of Local Emergency had been declared. Later in the week, Health officials also advised that a vaccination program was set to launch for community members in the Nass. (posted January 13, 2021)
Provincial Government to invest 25 million dollars towards improvements and expanded operations at the Port of Prince Rupert -- The BC Government has put some funding towards the next significant terminal development at the Port of Prince Rupert, with MLA Jennifer Rice sharing word of the 25 million dollars destined for the Ridley Island Export Logistics Project. (posted January 14, 2021)
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