Sunday, July 25, 2021

Blog Watching: Week ending July 25, 2021

A range of municipal notes generated the most interest from  the 40 unique stories which we generated this week, with the city's latest plans for redevelopment in the downtown core capturing the most attention from those passing through the blog over the last seven days.

Readers also found some interest in our municipal themes related to the upcoming new recycling and garbage program at the City of Prince Rupert as well as word that City Manager Robert Long will bring a 40 year career in municipal government to an end this year, eight of them as the top municipal staffer in the community.

Other themes explored on the week included the changing of hands for one of the most well known of city buildings, with the Highliner Inn now in the growing inventory of holdings of Prince Rupert residents Corrine and James Warburton.

And with election speculation gaining a fair bit of attention this summer, the Federal parties have ramped up their planning on the off chance we head to the polls. With a number of them announcing candidates for the Skeena-Bulkley Valley House of Commons seat, should the Prime Minister decide to take the nation to the polls. 

However, the top item of interest for the week puts the spotlight on the latest part of the City's Prince Rupert 2030 vision planning and a call for Bids for a downtown redevelopment program for Third and McBride.

Latest element of Prince Rupert visions planning out for Bids as Gateway project comes into focus -- We started the week picking up on a bid package posted to the BC Bid website, a document that outlined some of the details of a proposed development in the downtown area focused on McBride and Third. On Tuesday, Mayor Lee Brain and the City outlined some further notes on the proposed development with the release of an official announcement towards their plans.      (posted July 19, 2021)

That article was followed by: 

Prince Rupert's signature downtown building to change hands   -- While the City was putting the spotlight on plans for Third and McBride, one of the city's most iconic downtown buildings was making some news, with word that the Highliner Inn had changed ownership and returned to local investors.    (posted  July 22,   2021) 

How much can you cram into the can? City's deliver of new garbage cans puts the R into Reduce   -- As the city's operations department pushed forward with the delivery of cans for the city's new recycling/garbage program, some of the replies to the City's and Mayor's Social media campaign made note of the reduced size of the garbage cans the city is providing to residents as well as other questions related to the theme of recycling.   posted July 20 , 2021)
Federal parties make preparations as summer election possibilities percolate   --  With election rumblings continuing though the summer, some of the federal parties have begun to make their plans for any potential election call. By weeks' end, the Conservative party had joined the NDP, Green's and CHP in announcing their candidate for the potential vote (posted July 21, 2021) 

After eight years of service in Prince Rupert, City Manager Robert Long prepares to bid his adieu  -- A major announcement came out of City Hall in the early evening of Wednesday as Mayor Lee Brain made use of his Social Media forum to share word that the city's top municipal official, City Manager Robert Long will be retiring. Bringing a run of the last eight years in Prince Rupert and a career in BC municipal government to a close.    (posted July 22 , 2021) 

You can find our weekly Blog watching feature posted every Sunday morning by 9AM, making for a handy way to catch up to the week that was, at a leisurely weekend pace.

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