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.

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