Sunday, October 31, 2021

Blog Watching: Week ending October 31, 2021

Civic themes  made for much of the focus for this week once again, with the City losing out on a quest to reject a Freedom of Information request, and now the subject of a ruling to release body camera video from 2019 that comes out of a hearing from the Information and Privacy Commissioner's office.

Also of note from City Hall this week, word that former City of Prince Rupert City Manager has taken on interim duties with the Gitxaala First Nation, while in the Monday Council session the issue of the city's roads once again made for a topic of note for the council membership.

The COVID count in the Northwest continues to rise in a number of communities, with Prince Rupert riding a bit of a spike from last weeks results, both Terrace and the Nass Valley also saw large increases this past week.

And the new Federal Vaccine card, a requirement for anyone with any travel plans, is now available through the BC Government Health Gateway and other online and office locations.

However, the top item of the week was our look at the findings of the Office of Information and Privacy on a case involving the City of Prince Rupert.

Office of Information and Privacy Commissioner denies City of Prince Rupert's quest to Not Release Body camera footage of August 2019 dog incident -- An attempt by the City of Prince Rupert to reject a freedom of Information request for body cam footage to a 2019 incident in the Seal Cove area has been addressed by the Information and Privacy Commissioners office. With an order to release the video to an applicant journalist by mid November issued earlier this month following a hearing.    (posted October 29, 2021)

That article was followed by: 

Prince Rupert area spikes in COVID Count from CDC Figures to October 23 -- The weekly release of information by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control shows a growing number of cases in the Prince Rupert area. While over in the Nass Valley, a significant surge in cases has resulted in some additional measures from the Nisga'a Lisims Government and Health authorities. (posted  October 27, 2021) 

Road marking concerns raised once again at City Council Session --  Monday's City Council session found the topic of the city's roads of note, with Councillor Randhawa raising concerns he has heard over road markings, or the lack of them in the community. You can review the full scope of the Monday council session here.  (posted October 26, 2021)
Former Prince Rupert City Manager to take on interim duties with Gitxalla Nation -- The City's former City Manager won't be stepping out of the spotlight just yet, with Dr. Robert Long taking up new duties with the Gitxaala First Nation.  (posted October 25, 2021)

Federal vaccine card now available through BC vaccination portals  -- If you have plans for air, train or sea travels you will need to have a Federal Vaccine Card on your phone or in your possession, with the Federal option now available through British Columbia sources, BC residents won't want to delete their provincial vaccine card, it remains in place as the form of information for a range of activities in the province  (posted October 29, 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.

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