The road back to normal times saw some significant mileage achieved this week, with a number of announcements offering up a day ahead when the word COVID may be of the historical note, rather than a current event.
Our notes on a pair of COVID related themes topped the list of five for this week, with the city finally reaching the Zero Case mark for the first time since January, while the details of the much anticipated second dose vaccination clinic were released by Northern Health.
The path ahead to normal from the BC Government also claimed some significant attention from our notes of the week as the Premier outlined the BC Restart plan for the months to come.
Our look at the arrival of the city's property tax bills and an update from Mayor Lee Brain also found a large audience, as did our review of a court case which concluded this week in a Prince Rupert Court Room with CN Rail assessed a significant fine for a 2017 pesticide program along the Skeena main line.
And what could be a major concern for the local cruise base industry gained some attention, with concerns from a range of officials on the recent signing of a bill into law in the US that will allow cruise ships to skip Canadian ports in their transit to and from Alaska. A measure some are concerned may become a permanent one for the US cruise industry.
However, the top item of interest for the week was the COVID case count for the Northwest and Prince Rupert's success at reaching zero for a week and the prospect of second vaccinations in just a few weeks.
Prince Rupert reaches zero in weekly BC CDC COVID update -- The long road to get back to Zero counts of COVID which was last seen in Mid January, saw the first pit stop at the zero mark. As Prince Rupert's case count for the week of May 16 to 22nd indicated the mark had finally been reached, with hopes for continued success to come. More welcome news arrived at the end of the week, with plans now under way for another mass community vaccination to administer the Second COVID vaccination shot from June 14 to July 9. (posted May 26 , 2021)
That article was followed by:
Tax Bills and message making arrive in the mail from the City of Prince Rupert -- The 2021 Tax Bills have been delivered across the city and along with the annual request for payment on your property taxes is the State of the City notes from Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain. (posted May 26, 2021)
CN Rail pleads guilty in 2017 pesticide incident, assessed 100K fine in Prince Rupert Court -- The national railway was in court related to a pesticide program along the CN main line along the Skeena River through Terrace to Prince Rupert (posted May 28, 2021)
BC's restart plan to be dictated by Data not Dates; benchmarks subject to change to meet evolving situations -- Premier John Horgan, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Doctor Bonnie Henry were among a number of officials to outline the path forward for British Columbians of our way out of our times of COVID. (posted May 25, 2021)
Chamber of Commerce, MP Bachrach raise concerns over American bill, fate of Cruise industry in Prince Rupert -- With a short signing ceremony making a bill into law, the American Cruise industry charted a return course to Alaska for 2021, the question now for those in Canada, will the temporary allowance to skip Canadian port calls become a permanent option in the years to follow. (posted May 26, 2021)
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