Monday, October 25, 2021

Gitmaxmak'ay Nisga'a Economic Development Corporation claims Award in 2021 Indigenous Business


The ongoing community investment in Prince Rupert by the Gitmaxmak'ay Nisga'a Economic Development Corporation continues to pay off impressive dividends, with the Corporation today announced as one of just a few Award Winners in the BC Achievement Indigenous Business Awards. 

The list of those being honoured was released in Vancouver today, with the Prince Rupert based Corporation winner in the Community Owned Business of the Year category.


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They were the one of two winners from Northern British Columbia with eight award winners announced  in total today, the culmination of a near five month process from nomination to Award announcement.

“The Indigenous Business Award program recognizes and inspires business achievement. This year in particular, the program also signifies hope as the economy strengthens and diversifies. The Indigenous enterprises being recognized with an Indigenous Business Award provide new opportunities and stronger relationships, and help make all of our communities more resilient, inclusive and prosperous. Each year, the award program shows ways we can all benefit from integrating the practices of the past with the economies of the future.” -- Foundation Chair, Anne Giardini. 

The IBA program was launched in 2008 to honour and celebrate business excellence and, in its 13th year, boasts over 200 remarkable businesses within its alumni. A total of eight Indigenous businesses, entrepreneurs, partnership entities and community-owned enterprises were recognized today from across the province of BC. 

The IBA program is presented by BC Achievement in partnership with the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation 

 A range of sponsors help towards the program and you can learn more about them and the award winners here.


The Gitmaxmak'ay Nisga'a Economic Development Corporation operates five different businesses at the moment with plans for more expansion to come in the future. 

You can get a snapshot of what the Award winners from Prince Rupert have to offer here.

For more notes on the Commercial Sector in the Northwest see our archive page here.

Former Prince Rupert City Manager to take on interim duties with Gitxaala Nation

Dr. Robert Long isn't quite off to retirement sunset just yet and he will continue to still have a presence on the North Coast after having completed his time of service with the City of Prince Rupert.

In a Monday information release, the Gitxaala Nation have announced that Doctor Long, will take on the duties of Interim Chief Administrative officer for the Nation, set to fill in for an undetermined amount of time while current Administrator Marcia Robinson is on leave.

Chief Councillor Linda Innes noted of the former Prince Rupert City Manager's extensive experience in administration as part of the announcement today.

'We are pleased that Doctor Long will be joining the team at the Gixaala Nation. Bog's knowledge and leadership will be indispensable tools in creating a solid administration platform rooted in our strong community values. he will be part of a larger effort that will see the Gitxaala Nation scale new heights in education, health and well-being, employment, training and economic development to create opportunities for Gitxaalam members. To this important work, we welcome Bob."

The Gitxaala Nation also hailed his expertise and deep knowledge in solving complex policy problems, building social and financial capital, and the ability to complete complex and nuanced projects.

For his part, the long time municipal administrator noted his enthusiasm for the work ahead.

"I will enjoy brining my expertise and experience to the Gitxaala Nation. Building a solid and caring management team is what I enjoy doing and I look forward to doing so with the Nation -- Dr. Robert Long on taking up the interim duties with the Kitkatla based First Nation.

The former City Manager, who announced his plans to sept down in Prince Rupert in the summer,  has had some previous experience with the Gitxaala Nation while in service of the City over the last eight years. 

The First Nation and the City of Prince Rupert are involved with Rupert's Landing waterfront development projects around the Rotary Waterfront Park area.

As well the Gitxaala Nation have made some property investments in the City of Prince Rupert.

Mr. Long had been scheduled to stay on as Prince Rupert City Manager until the end of December, however the City announced that the transfer of duties to the new City Manager Dr. Robert Buchan would take place as of November 2nd.

The former City Manager is not the only former City of Prince Rupert employee to find a home with the Gitxaala Nation, one year ago David Geronazzo, the city's former Recreation Director joined the First Nation in and Employment and Training role.

The full announcement letter from today can be reviewed below:


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For more notes on the Gitxaal Nation see our archive page here.

Prince Rupert Library looks to solve a mystery ... book

If you know something about the
background to this book, the
Prince Rupert Library wants to hear from you

Normally patrons of the Prince Rupert Library drop in to pick up a good read, fiction or non fiction, maybe even a mystery novel to fill in some leisure hours of enjoyable reading.

However, the tables as they say, may be turned for an instance, as the Prince Rupert Library has a mystery of its own to solve, as they look for some help from the public on a book they have on hand, destined for their History section that they want some more information on if possible.

That as they look to learn more about the Stories of the Stikine Dancers

The Who Wrote it ... mystery is laid out for review from the Prince Rupert Library Facebook page with a call for assistance from patrons of the local house of reading.


So far they have a few leads to work with, but they welcome more, learn more about their quest for some information here.

For more notes of a community theme in Prince Rupert see our archive page.

Rampage even up their early record at 1-1 with a convincing win over Hazelton Saturday night

The Prince Rupert Rampage celebrating their first win for
2021-22 with a 5-2 victory over Hazelton

(photo from PR Rampage twitter feed)

It didn't take long for the Prince Rupert Rampage to get back on the same page when the hit the ice Saturday night, with the Rhinos a dedicated group looking to get into the win column for the first time in these early days of the 2021-22 CIHL season.

The Rampage were looking to get their first W following last weeks home opener loss to the Kitimat Ice Demons, and the Hazelton Wolverines were not going to get in the way, however the the visiting squad did make things tough for Prince Rupert through two periods of play..

The first twenty minutes provided for a sample of the intensity of the night ahead, with the Rampage taking an early lead from a Hunter Johnson goal with an assist to Jared Meers, only to see the Wolverines bite back less than a minute later to even the game up.

The second period was much of the same with the Rampage once again taking the lead back early in the middle frame on a power play marker for Jacob Santurbano, with Judd Repole and Kolton Chasse picking up the helpers.

Ten minutes later however, Hazelton was converting their own scoring opportunity to send the teams to intermission once again tied, this time at 2-2.

The Rampage regrouped with the break and came out ready to take charge for the third making for a fast paced attack scoring two goals in three and a half minutes to put some space on the scoreboard between themselves and the Wolverines.

The first coming at 1:33 with an unassisted power play goal for Kory Movold.

Two minutes later, Jacob Santurbano  was back on the score sheet, still on the power play he converted a passing play from Kolton Chasse and Nolan Stava for the 4-2 lead.

Austin Weir would seal the deal on the night in the 12 minute mark, his marker putting the Rampage ahead 5-2 with assists going to Justin Brand and Kolton Chasse who picked up his third assist of the night on the scoring play.

The Wolverines having paid a price for some rough play in the third and giving up power play opportunities to the Rampage would find no more net on the night.

On the night, Hazelton sat out twelve minutes of play on 6 infractions, the Rampage served 6 minutes of penalty time on 3 infractions.

The full scoresheet for the night can be reviewed here.

Game two was another sell out, with the limited attended provisions of COVID making for 525 fans in the stands for the Saturday night contest.

Up next for the Rampage is another game in the early season homestead, with the newest entry to the CIHL, the Nechako North Stars in town Saturday night for their first trip to the North Coast. 


Both teams sport somewhat similar trends in scoring and defending, but the night may be physical one when the North Stars come to town, with two games under their belt, the newcomers are making a mark in the penalties book, with 60 Penalty minutes served in just their first two appearances

Puck drops at 7PM at the Jim on Saturday. It will be the last home game until early December for the home side.

You can find all the Rampage results from our results page here.

More notes on the Rampage and the CIHL can be explored through our archive page here.

Pedestrian Safety the focus for Fall ICBC campaign

Third Street and Second Avenue West, one of a number of
intersections where pedestrian and motorists have met 
resulting in injuries in recent years 

With the days getting shorter, the nights longer and bad weather making for treacherous roads and limited visibility, ICBC is putting the focus on pedestrian safety this fall, with a campaign to raise awareness for both mortars and pedestrian.

Statistics from ICBC indicate that nearly half of all crashes with pedestrians (44 percent) happen between October and January, periods of poor visibility regardless of the caution that drivers show on the roads.


In British Columbia, 79 percent of crashes involving pedestrians take place at intersections.

  

Towards some tips for improved Safety, ICBC offers up the following, with many making for a familiar narrative for Prince Rupert's dynamic between Motorist and Pedestrian:




In recent years there have been some significant incidents between motorists and pedestrians, with subsequent injuries to pedestrians keeping emergency responders busy. 

The majority of those took place in the heavily travelled Second Avenue West corridor between McBride and Five Corners. A stretch of the downtown core where caution is best to be considered for both motorists and pedestrians alike.

In May of this year ICBC released some specific Prince Rupert crash data identifying the ten intersections in the city where danger lurks.

Those incidents that made for note from the RCMP can be reviewed from our archive pages here.

More on Road Safety can be explored from ICBC here.

Further items related to roads across the region can be reviewed here.

Province of British Columbia provides "roadmap' but leaves decision on vaccine mandates in hands of School Boards

The Province of British Columbia is going to leave the decision to introduce and enforce COVID vaccination mandates in the hands of local School Board officials.

The Ministry of Education provided for their roadmap for those officials with a late Friday afternoon information release that charts the path ahead for School Districts, Independent Schools and their employees when it comes COVID vaccinations.

“From the beginning of the pandemic we have worked together – to keep students safely learning in-class, to encourage all eligible British Columbians to get vaccinated and to make sure school safety plans are robust and supported. With guidelines now available, trustees can make decisions around vaccination policies that work best for their communities as we work together to continue to support a culture of vaccination in our schools.” -- Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education.

As the Minister of Education explains it:

The guidelines provide a roadmap to enable school boards to make an informed decision on a mandatory vaccination policy and help school boards to ensure that the continued delivery of safe in-person education is a top priority. 

The Ministry of Education will continue working with school boards to ensure they have the tools, resources and information they need to support this process. 

These guidelines build on the existing K-12 health and safety measures including daily health checks, hand washing, staying home when sick, masks for all students and staff and improved ventilation systems.

The guidelines for School Districts were put together from discussions with Ministry officials and a range of stakeholders and can be reviewed here.

The Ministry of Education statement can be examined here.

Premier John Horgan spoke of the topic earlier this month and at that time was adamant that the issue was one for local elected school officials to address, the follow up guidance of Friday seeming to come from his view of how the topic should be moved forward.

So far the topic has not made for any discussion in the pubic portions of the two Board meetings hosted by SD52 officials, or as part of the School District COVID plan that was announced at the start of the school year.

The topic is also one that so far has not been noted through the SD52 information page on the District website.

The PRDTU which represents teachers in the public school system in Prince Rupert addressed its concerns towards Health and Safety themes related to COVID earlier this month, though while making mention of the availability of vaccines, the union did not make mention of a call for a vaccine mandate for school employees at that time.

The Province of British Columbia put in place a vaccine mandate for public service employees in early October, those working for the BC government will have to be fully vaccinated for COVID by November 22nd.

More notes on Education across the Northwest can be explored here.

City's RCMP detachment increases its information flow with a flurry of updates on case files past and present

The Prince Rupert detachment of the RCMP has increased
the flow of case file information over the course of the last week


Prince Rupert residents now have an opportunity to gain a sense of some of the workload for the local members of the RCMP, with the Sixth Avenue West detachment sparking some new life into their online presentation, with a flurry of updates on case files delivered through their website in the last week.

Over the course of the last seven days, the local Mounties have shared some notes on file items of note, the first entries to the online portal since mid September, previous to this past week of activity, the website had seen only sporadic updates.

Among the reports of arrests and calls for assistance on previous case files is one case file currently in motion that of a search for a 21 year old male, Michael Kitchener who was last seen on Friday the call for the help of the public coming over the weekend.

The new enthusiasm for information sharing is a welcome thing and should help raise the profile of the RCMP in the community as well as to highlight some of the work that they take on as part of their day to day time on the streets of the city.


They may even want to expand on the concept, taking page from the Terrace and Kitimat Detachments which provide for a weekly update on a large range of case files that their members have to address over the course of a week, something that provides for a helpful snap shot of what they take on with each shift.



While the RCMP improve on their information sharing, still be to seen from City Council is if they have followed up on a suggestion from City Councillor Nick Adey, who back in September had requested that Council invite a representative from the detachment to come to council and provide some background on policing issues in the community.

At that same September session, Mayor Lee Brain also noted that the Detachment is in a transition period of leadership once again,  with the Detachment in the process of recruiting and bringing forward applications for the top position.

So far, Mayor and Council have not had any more to say on either of those two policing related themes, or a timeline for the proposed public information session at Council.



Also of note is what the status of plans to replace the RCMP detachment may be with few updates having been delivered since the acquisition in October 2020, of the old Jehovah Witnesses building and land at Third and McBride, that area has now been identified as the location for the new detachment, though no timeline for that project has been outlined as of yet.

For a look at the work of all Emergency Responders in the northwest, see our archive page here.

Items of interest from City Council can be explored here.

Council Preview: Monday, October 25, 2021



It's shaping up as a rather short Council Session for the final of the two October sessions tonight, with Council members only looking at three items on the Agenda for this evening's get together by Zoom.

The City continues to meet by remote measures, with the explanation towards the process outlined on the City of Prince Rupert website.

In accordance with current Provincial Orders, scheduled Regular Council Meetings have moved to a remote format for public access – available on Citywest Cable Channel 10/310, and live streaming at www.princerupert.ca/live. 

Videos of the City’s Council meetings are also posted to YouTube in the days following the meeting. In the interests of public health and safety, at this time no one will be permitted into City Hall to view in the gallery, in order to ensure we can maintain physical distancing requirements. 

Staff and Council attendance is also limited, with most calling in via conference. Thank you for your understanding.

For tonight, the three elements include a Development Variance Rupert, a letter of support and actions to observe Métis Nation week next month and a report from the City's Chief Financial officer with the August variance report.

Tonight, as the second meeting of the month, is a Committee of the Whole night, allowing for participation of the public on items that they may have to raise with Council.

Though with the COVID measures in place that too has some special instructions for residents to follow:

The Committee of the Whole is proceeding in an adjusted format abiding by Ministerial orders. Those wishing to ask a question of Council are invited to do so in the following manner: 

By email to the Corporate Administrator at rosamaria.miller@princerupert.ca, or 

By leaving a voice mail at 250-627-0963. As per regular Committee of the Whole procedures, your full name and address will be required. All comments must be received no later than 4:00 pm Monday, September 20th. Submissions will be read aloud by the Corporate Administrator to Council during the Committee of the Whole. 

Physical public attendance has been suspended due to COVID- 19 protocols. 

Alternatively, a Zoom link for the Committee of the Whole may be requested from the Corporate Administrator prior to 4pm

As for the Committee of the Whole session, Council will receive a presentation from Jessica Friesen from Station 684 in Prince Rupert, who will speak on themes of Community Paramedicience


Tonight's Public Hearing and council session can viewed by way of the Live Feed from the City website, or on Cable Television from CityWest Cable Channel 10/310.

You can review the Regular Council Agenda here.  

Council will also host a Special Council Session at 5PM,  the meeting closed to public for the reasons cited below:
 

Personal information about an identifiable individual who holds or is being considered for a positon as an officer, employee or agent of the municipality or another position appointed by the municipality

The acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the Council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interest of the municipality. 

The meeting tonight marks the nineteenth such closed discussion session hosted this year by Council

The outline of Councils work ahead can be reviewed below:


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COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE SESSION OF CITY COUNCIL

Adoption of Agenda and Past minutes -- The Mayor will review the agenda for the evening and Council will adopt the minutes of past meetings.

Presentation to Council -- from Jessica Friesen, Community Paramedicine - Prince Rupert Station 684

Question Period from the Public

Reports Questions and Inquiries from the Members of Council

Adjournment to reconvene to the Regular Council Session


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REGULAR SESSION OF CITY COUNCIL

Adoption of Agenda and Past minutes -- The Mayor will review the agenda for the evening and Council will adopt the minutes of past meetings.

Reports and Resolutions

Report from  Planning -- Development Variance Permit Request -- Council will hear from City Planner and soon to be City Manager Rob Buchan, he will be speaking towards a request for a Development Variance Permit for a property on First Avenue West, with a recommendation to forward it to the notification process  (see page 9 of the Agenda package)

Report from Corporate Administrator  Request from Metis nation  -- Council will receive a report from Corporate Administrator Rosa Miller, who will relay a request that the City of Prince Rupert join the Metis Nation in Canada in honouring the Métis Indigenous People in the province of British Columbia and Prince Rupert. The Society is also asking Council to proclaim November 14-20 as Métis Awareness Week and to raise the Métis Infinity Flag at Prince Rupert City Hall. (see page 10 of the Agenda package)

Report from Chief Financial Officer Corrine Bomben, August variance Report  -- Council will receive a report on the August Financial Variances.  (see page  12 of the Agenda package)

The evening will come to an end with any Additional Items as well as Reports, Questions and Inquiries from Members of Council.

Council members can  take advantage of the period to offer up any items or concerns that they have for consideration on the night. 

The Live broadcast of the City Council session can be found here, a video archive of past sessions is available here.

Our items of note related to the October 25th session can be reviewed here

While our archive of all sessions for 2021 for Council is available here.   



City Council Session: Monday, October 25, 2021






Our archive of items from the session can be found below.

Regular Session of Council for  Monday, October 25, 2021

Home page and archive of sessions can be found here 

Live Broadcast of session can be found here

Agenda for the Committee of the Whole Session for October 25, 2021



Preview of City Council Session for Monday, October 25, 2021



Attendance

Mayor Lee Brain --
Councillor Nick Adey -- 
Councillor Barry Cunningham --
Councillor Blair Mirau -- 
Councillor Reid Skelton-Morven -- 
Councillor Wade Niesh --
Councillor Gurvinder Randhawa -- 

Minutes of Regular Session of Council,  Monday, October 25,  2021
(not available yet)


Video Recording for Monday, October 25, 2021 Council Session 
(not available yet)
 
Council Timeline for Monday, October 25, 2021 Council Session
(not available yet)







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North Coast Review Items related to the Monday, October 25, 2021 Session of Council 



Further notes, as well as any Media items from other sources for the October 25, 2021 session can be found in our Discussion Points from City Council feature.  

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.


Real Estate Tracker: Week ending October 24, 2021

There is no change to report for our list of the ten top end properties in Prince Rupert, with no movement of note once again this week  to be seen from our weekly review.  

The latest listings continue to host three properties over, or just under the one million dollar mark and have propelled the overall value of the top end chart to close to 8.5 million dollars.

The real estate review below is purely for information purposes, for further background on the properties recorded, see our links page for access to the individual real estate listings.

The Archive for our weekly review can be found here

Our list of the top ten priced homes for the week ending October 24, 2021 can be explored below:

Real Estate listings on the West Side of Prince Rupert
Week ending October 24, 2021


The total value of the list of ten now sits just under the 8.5 million dollar mark.

The lowest mark for the review of the week is at $627,000 while our top end from the last week remains marked  at the price point of  $1,499,000


Below find our findings as of the Week ending October 24, 2021

2130 Graham Avenue                  $1,499,000 --      Remax
1138 2nd Avenue West                $1,200,000 --     Remax
1320 Overlook Street                     $920,000 --     Realty Executives 
555 4th Avenue East                      $799,000 --      Remax 
1160 11th Avenue East                  $729,000  --     Remax
1827 Sloan Avenue                        $719,000 --      Realty Executives
706 Ritchie Street                          $678,000 --      Remax 
1978 7th Avenue East                    $650,000 --      Remax
340 4th Avenue East                      $638,000 --      Remax
1038 First Avenue West                 $627,000 --     Realty Executives


For more items related to Real Estate see our archive page here.  

For background on Housing issues in the region see our past items here.

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.





Sunday, October 24, 2021

Blog Watching: Week ending, October 24, 2021

Civic themes  continued to attract some attention from the listings of our last seven days, with our look at the start of the one year countdown towards the 2022 municipal election gaining the most readers on the week.

Also from City Hall our review of the Mayor's notes of caution that the completion of the Woodworth Dam may be delayed to April gained significant review; as did our look at what an expanded dedication towards communication and transparency may look like for Council.

The COVID situation in the Northwest continues to deliver high case count returns to the east, with our look at the Wednesday data release finding a large audience.

The big Prince Rupert mystery of October was solved this past week, as Juanita Parnell came forward as the winner of her share of an 11 million dollar jackpot from earlier this month, Ms. Parnell claiming closed to six million dollars for her six numbers.

And the Prince Rupert RCMP have been sharing some case file information through the week with the quest for an allied debit card thief among the most read of our relays for the last seven days.

However, the top item of the week was our look at the turning point for City Council which will see those council members thinking of re-election and any community challengers looking to enter civic politics working out their plans for the fall of 2022.

City Council enters the final year of their mandate as municipal election cycle to arrive in Fall of 2022 -- Residents of Prince Rupert will start to see the checklists of accomplishments and promises of more to come from the incumbents at City Hall, as well as the challenges of potential contenders as the run up to the October 2022 municipal election period begins to shape up.    (posted October 18 , 2021)

That article was followed by: 

BC CDC numbers show Terrace with 73 new cases taking the top spot for COVID in the Northwest for October 10 to 16 -- Terrace and Smithers switched places this week as the Ground Zero for northwest COVID cases, while Prince Rupert saw a decline from the week previous in the latest results from the bC CDC (posted  October 20, 2021) 

Mayor Brain notes of potential delay to April 2022 for City's Water Dam project -- While he still is hoping for a year end completion, Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain floated the prospect of a delay until April of next year for the infrastructure project. Also noting of plans for more communication on the changing nature of  Boil Water orders associated with the delays, as well as plans to expand on information sharing on other projects of note. Something we explored a little further, a little later in the week.    (posted October 19, 2021)
  
Prince Rupert's newest millionaire (five times over) revealed -- The identity of the near six million dollar lottery winner in Prince Rupert had been the talk of the town for much of the month, and this week the lucky winner picked up her cheque, with Juanita Parnell outlining how she learned of her fortune and some ideas as to how she plans to spend some of it.  (posted October 20, 2021)

Prince Rupert RCMP looking for public's help in tracking down male running up tab on allied stolen debit card  -- A trail of food and retail purchases have the members of the Prince Rupert RCMP trying to catch up with an alleged thief, just one of a number of files for a busy week of reporting, You can review the latest notes from the detachment and across the Northwest here(posted October 18, 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.

You can also review the full listings of the week just past, from our Blog Archive index page found on the right hand side of the page.

A note for those that previously used our email alert delivery option, Blogger has discontinued that feature, so we direct you to our CharlesMHays Twitter feed, where we post updates to the blog as we post them.

Our archive of weekly Blog Watching can be found here.   

To view the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Prince Rupert RCMP seek assistance of public on Missing Person case file


See update below:

The Prince Rupert RCMP have issued an appeal to the public for assistance in locating a missing 21 year old male, with the local members the detachment seeking the whereabouts of Michael Kitchener,  seen on Thursday originally along Third Avenue West around 5PM.

He is described as a caucasian male, 21 years old, Five foot 10 inches.

He weighs 178 pounds, has blond hair and hazel eyes.

Update to original notification:

New information has been obtained that suggested Michael was last seen on October 22, at 5:30 PM running on Highway 16 near the turn off by the SPCA. 

Michael was wearing a blue t-shirt, grey sweat pants and black vans shoes. The disappearance is out of character, and the family and friends of Michael are hoping for a safe return. 

Currently ground search and rescue, the Terrace Police Dog Service, Prince Rupert RCMP float plane, West Coast Marine and the Coast Guard have been conducting an extensive search a long Highway 16.

The Prince Rupert Detachment has included the photo below:


If you have any information in his whereabouts, you are asked to contact the RCMP at 250-627-0700 or the detachment in your community.

You can also contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

Notes on the case file can be reviewed from the RCMP here.

More notes on local emergency responders can be reviewed here.

MLA's Week: October 18-21, 2021



MLA's returned to Victoria following their two week break for Thanksgiving, the four days of sessions one's which found a mix of both fond remembrances of anniversaries and the active engagement of debate over some pending legislation that made for a busy news week for the province's journalists.

This week marks the one year anniversary for the NDP returning to office with a majority government and it made for a topic for a celebratory information release from the Premier and his party.


The week was a rather contentious one at the Legislature, the political brush fire one stoked mainly from the government's introduction of plans to change access to Freedom of Access for British Columbians.

The topic dominated much of the debate through the week and even provided for a Thursday afternoon press conference from the Premier.

Of the three Northwest MLA's, two spoke to the topic whether through time on the Legislature floor or by way of their Social media platforms, with MLA Nathan Cullen and MLA Ellis Ross very much on different sides of the debate. 

North Coast MLA Jennifer did not have any comments to make during the course of the week related to the heated discussions over FOI. 





As for more on the recent week of work from the House, the four days unfolded as follows:

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On the week, Ms Rice was  not mentioned  in the record for the week in the Legislature from October 18-21

She was active on her Social Media feed, including making note of the Great British Columbia Shake Out exercise of the past week.

The North Coast MLA is also a member of the Following committees:


Ms. Rice serves as the Government's Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness

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For our readers from the Terrace-Kitimat region, Skeena MLA Ellis Ross  was  mentioned three times in the record for the week in the Legislature from October 18-21

Reconciliation framed much of his time in the Legislature on the week.

The Skeena MLA relayed themes of economic reconciliation in the Monday morning session.


Wednesday he joined in on the debate related to clauses of the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment, making inquiries related the Crowns duty to consult and what the amendments may mean towards First Nations Rights and title.

He also shared some thoughts on Diversity and Reconciliation as part of the Thursday morning session.


Mr. Ross also had some comments on the BC Liberal leadership executive's decision not to allow for the candidacy of Aaron Gunn, with the Skeena MLA releasing a statement on Friday.


Mr. Ross  is also contesting for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party


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For our readers from the Bulkley Valley area, Stikine MLA Nathan Cullen  was mentioned once in the record for the week in the Legislature from October 18 -21 

Mr. Cullen played a key part of the NDP government's defence of its plans towards access of Freedom of Information, the Stikine MLA providing for a lengthy address on the topic as part of the Tuesday afternoon session.



Mr. Cullen serves as the Government's Minister of State for Lands and Natural Resource Operations 

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There is more background on all three Regional MLA's available from our MLA's Week Archive, as well as our constituency archives below:


MLA's return to the Legislature on Monday morning October 25th at 10AM  

MLA's also participate in a number of Committee sessions scheduled through the week.

A larger overview of provincial issues can be found on our political portal D'Arcy McGee 




Friday, October 22, 2021

Prince Rupert RCMP make arrest following Break and Enter alarm from downtown construction site

A prohibited weapon was taken from the alleged
suspect in a downtown Break and Enter incident this week

(From Prince Rupert RCMP)


The Prince Rupert RCMP have outlined the nature on an October 21st incident which saw a male arrested after an alleged break and enter in the downtown area.

From their statement of Friday afternoon, the Mounties note that changes are being recommended to the BC Prosecution Service after a man is alleged to have broken into an active construction site.

On October 21st, 2021, in the late hours of the night, Prince Rupert RCMP responded to an alarm at the old Raffles Inn on 3rd Ave West.

Upon arrival, an officer observed a man inside carrying copper pipes. Noticing the officer, the man ran away. The officer pursued the man on foot to the 900 block of 1st Ave West where he eventually surrendered. 

With the help of other back up officers, they took the man into custody and searched him incidental to the arrest: Tools, illegal drugs and a prohibited weapon were found as a result.


Mounties were quick to respond to an incident on October 21s
 in the 900 block of Third West at the Cranes Crossing
construction
 site on the old Raffles property 


Prince Rupert Media Relations Officer, Constable Brody Hemrich noted of the dynamic nature of the case file.

"We are happy that our officers responded in an appropriate and quick-thinking manner. Situations such as this are dynamic and can change in an instant. With the suspect’s access to a weapon, we are happy it ended safely for everyone"

You can review more notes on the incident from the RCMP information release.

Local Mounties remind the public that to report a crime in progress to call 9-1-1. 

For non urgent matters the non emergency number in Prince Rupert is 250-624-2136.

More notes on the work of Emergency Responders can be reviewed here.

Coast Mountain College Board of Governors session wraps up in Prince Rupert

After a full day of meetings, senior adminisrative officials and the members of the Board of Governors for Coast Mountain College, have wrapped up a stay in Prince Rupert, with the Fifth Street campus downtown playing host to this month's meeting.

Those arriving in town reviewed an Agenda that featured presentations on Registration, Health Programs at the college, an update on the work of the Coast Mountain College Foundation as well as a Vice Presidents Update.

Interim President Dr. Laurie Waye also made use of ten minutes of the session for her own update on developments at the college with campuses across the Northwest.

With the Terrace campus recently opening their new housing facility, a presentation on housing made for part of this afternoons session work, while a range of Committee reports rounded out the two hour afternoon get together.

Fourteen members make up the Board of Governors, chaired by Nicole Halbauer, two of the representatives, David Smith and Mary Denton hold the Prince Rupert positions on the board.


The next Board meeting is scheduled for January, though at which campus has yet to be listed.

So far, the Coast Mountain College communications team has not outlined any decisions or discussion points that may have come out of todays session.

For more notes on Coast Mountain College see our archive page here.

Ellis Ross provides glimpse of how he views Diversity and Reconciliation in Legislature speech Thursday

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross shared some thoughts on the twin
themes of diversity and reconciliation on Thursday at the Legislature

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross delivered an overview on Diversity and Reconciliation that captured the attention of the members of the Legislature on Thursday, which spoke of themes of cultural interaction and the need to dig deeper for understanding. 

A passage from his short overview in the morning session provides a sense of his overview.

In 1792, my ancestors were awestruck by explorer Joseph Whidbey's huge canoe and shocked at white spirits, q'wemksiwas rising out of the floorboards. They made a trade of two 70-pound salmon for a piece of steel, and diversity had officially begun for this land that we now call Canada. 

My Elders told me about the first time they met Asians, South Asians and Africans, and their stories are always the same. 

It starts out with the observations of physical and colour differences, and then it turns to wonder and curiosity on both sides. 

And then, if conditions allow, it turns to the sharing of technology and culture for mutual benefit. 

You don't hear First Nations talking much about diversity, whether it be gender, race or religion, because we evolved beside it, and for the most part, we evolved within it. 

The fear that we had to overcome was actually overcome by interaction. 

Today, the lines of division are based in that same fear and unfair narratives, but we can get over this if we dig deeper, and I include myself.


However, the presentation is best explored through the video of the morning session which you can review below:


More notes on the work of the MLA in Victoria and in his home constituency can be reviewed here.

Be sure to check back Saturday morning, for our MLA's Week Archive feature, where we review the work of all three Northwest MLA's in the Legislature from the week that just came to an end.