Sunday, January 31, 2021

Blog Watching: Week ending January 31, 2021

COVID  once again dominated all conversations this week as Prince Rupert shifted the focus from the news from SD52 to a concerning and now sadly fatal situation at Acropolis Manor.

The city's long term care facility saw a significant surge in the reports of cases of the coronavirus and by Friday Northern Health had confirmed the passings of three of the Acropolis residents.

COVID issues are also making for some tough decisions among the city's commercial sector, as business owners weigh the concerns of the virus with their business operations.

This was a City Council week as well, and two stories of note made it into the list of five, with the City's contract planners iPlan providing for an extensive report on parking for Council to review, while Mayor Lee Brain also outlined how success on the city's Tax Exemption bylaw plans should deliver some results when it comes to cleaning up the downtown area.

Rounding out the Top five was news of the closing of the deal to sell a piece of Prince Rupert Labour History, with the Fishermen's Hall on Fraser Street finally selling bringing an end and era for the region's labour movement.

However, the week was all about COVID and the terrible news from Acropolis Manor of the passing of residents and a significant count of positive cases in place.

Prince Rupert hears of its first death owing to COVID, with passing of Acropolis Manor resident   -- The report of the first passing of a resident of Acropolis Manor as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak was the focus for a large volume of our readers this week, as was the follow up advisory of Friday of two more deaths at the long term care facility, The full volume of our notes and notes collected from around the region can be found from our Northern Health archive page.   (posted January 28, 2021)

That article was followed by:

COVID makes for tough decisions for Prince Rupert's small businesses -- The impact of COVID on the community and the decisions that small business owners face was brought home this week, as a local Third Avenue Business decided to put their operations on pause during this ongoing situation in the city.    (posted January 26 , 2021)

Parking analysis and recommendations for changes part of tonight's Council session  -- As the city looks to move forward with their Official Community Plan roll out later this winter, a few other issues have been folded into the discussion, including the long standing theme of parking. Monday Council received a report proposing a number of changes to how the city views the options for parking.    (posted January 25, 2021)

"It's time for us to take action; it's time for us to Clean up the town:: Mayor Lee Brain -- The topic of the city's rough look in the downtown core and the need to clean up the growing list of properties: a discussion that has been part of the council dialogue for years, saw some forward momentum this week. That as Prince Rupert City Council moved forward with an incentive program that could find property owners taking action. If not, the city has a plan for that too.   (posted January , 2021)

Prince Rupert's Fishermen's Hall has seen its last labour battle  -- The building which has been at the forefront of the region's labour movement for decades will now be but a memory of some significant moments in the city's history. That with word that the Fishermen's Hall has been sold, the facility had been on the realty market for a few years, that as the changing nature of the fishery reduced the membership.     (posted January 26, 2021)

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