|The Friendship House EVAW Van, the Prince Rupert organization|
has just been awarded new funding for the program for 2022
(photo from Prince Rupert Friendship House website)
Thursday, March 31, 2022
Three Northwest Basketballers ready for the Big Stage of Canadian University Championships this weekend
That with a new posting to the City's Help Wanted listings seeking the services of a Permanent Collector for the Finance team.
The synopsis of the job posting provides the scope of the job and what's expected of applicants:
This key position is responsible for all property tax, utilities and accounts receivable and requires a sound understanding of their processes, procedures, internal controls, along with accounting principles.
The position entails a large amount of customer service, responding to emails and phone calls from our residents regarding their property tax and utility accounts and bills, and making adjustments to accounts if necessary.
The Collector receives direction from their supervisor, who reviews performance regularly to ensure accuracy and conformance with established procedures. This position and department require a high level of confidentiality at all times.
As part of the application process, an interview with skill assessment will be required, as is adherence to the city's COVID 19 policies on vaccination.
The Collector position has a probationary salary of $34.14, it increases to $36.71 following that period.
Applications with cover letter and resumes are to be forwarded to Tristan Higginson, Assistant Finance Minster at City Hall, the deadline to apply for the post is April 8th
A look at some of the past civic employment opportunities can be explored here.
|A former broadcaster in Prince Rupert, Russel Bowers|
hasn't forgotten his time on the North Coast with a story
for a Newfoundland publication this week
A familiar name for Prince Rupert radio listeners has shared a familiar story for the North Coast with a news service audience in Newfoundland where he provides freelance contributions.
Russel Bowers was part of many daily routines for CBC listeners in Prince Rupert from 2003 to 2009, he stepped aside after a long run as the host of Daybreak Alberta and is now based in Newfoundland following a CBC career of 27 years.
And this week, as part of his freelance writing, he has recounted the story of Charles M Hays, his fateful date with history on the Titanic and the impact of that on Prince Rupert and how it has served as somewhat of our narrative ever since.
His story weaves what are some clear remembrances of his time on the North Coast with the historical themes of the Hays story, along with the a nod to the perseverance of the community to gain its place among the global shipping communities.
Upon his retirement from the CBC, he recounted many of his travels for the national broadcaster and clearly has fond memories of Prince Rupert, with a remembrance of the community included in his farewell of 2021.
To catch up on his work from the other side of the country his portfolio can be explored here.
More notes on media from the North Coast both current and past can be found here.
Public Hearing complete, council sends Portage Avenue land rezoning to Ministry for review and approval
|Prince Rupert City Council gave the green light Monday for a zoning|
change for this property on Portage Avenue
Members of Prince Rupert City Council hosted a Public Hearing on Monday related to a rezoning request for a property on Portage Avenue, the 6 PM session one which apparently provided for some feedback from the community.
Though to what extent that commentary may have been provided to the Council membership is not part of the record as of yet, with no video provided to the City's Video Archive for review of the hearing to provide for more clarity on what engagement was provided as part of the Public Hearing process.
|The Subject property from Monday's Public Hearing|
(from City of PR agenda package)
From what we learned from their Regular session discussion, as the Council members reviewed the request to provide third reading for the bylaw to allow for a change in property designation from Residential to Light Industrial use for a property on Portage Avenue, they often made reference to the Public hearing from previous in the evening.
As for the comment provided to Council as part of the hearing, Councillor Adey noted of the feedback given to Council from two perspectives of the request.
"Just to acknowledge that we did get some public feedback in both directions, during the public hearing stage and I acknowledge the points of view expressed there.
I guess from my point of view though, I see this zoning bringing that particular portion of that block into alignment with the rest of that block.
I'm not sure that I can see any additional adverse effects from it, it seems to make sense to me so I'm in support of it"
|Mayor Carol Leclerc led a delegation from|
Terrace to Victoria to raise community
concerns on crime and social issues
(from MLA Ross FB page)
The MLA making note of their time in the provincial capital to seek the help of the Provincial Government on a pair of issues of concern for the Northwest's largest community.
The municipal delegation has been in Victoria this week to speak to the concerns and seek the assistance of the NDP government towards social issues and an increasingly worrisome crime situation in the Skeena Valley City.
Those two topics made for a Legislature presentation from the MLA Ross later in the afternoon on Wednesday as he outlined the concerns of his constituents for Attorney General David Eby."Talking about the law being enforced, it's quite timely, quite relevant, because the people of Terrace are worried — so much so that the mayor and council have flown down here to be with us today to meet with government over the level of violence in town that's not only affecting Terrace but the constituents of Skeena, because Terrace is a hub of our region.
With All Native Basketball Tournament just days away, access to Civic Centre facility will be limited for preparations
|Data from BC CDC indicates COVID declines for most|
NW communities this week
This week's data for the period of March 20-26 indicated that most communities in the Northwest had continued to see lower case counts from previous levels.
The results for Prince Rupert provided for a drop of 8 cases from the week prior.
A number of communities reported no cases or had no data to share.
The northwest count is significantly lower than that of Northern British Columbia's largest community, with Prince George recording a case count of 71 in the period.
The full review across the region for the week of March 20-26 from the BC CDC looks as follows:
Nechako -- 12 cases
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
The project which was a joint initiative of the Prince Rupert Port Authority and the City of Prince Rupert will make for the newest recreation space for the region, located on the east side of Prince Rupert.
The site itself has been open to the public for a while now with many residents taking to the trail that loops the marsh and serves as a new centrepiece for the Seal Cove area.
The invites went out by Social Media today, with the City noting of the family-friendly fun event that will put a focus on environmental sustainability.
The event will run from Noon to 3PM on April 23.
Among some of the activities planned for next month include:On-site yoga (weather permitting)
You can take a look back at the evolution of the project from our 2030 Vision Plan Tracker archive here.
|The Vancouver Canucks will don special warm up jersey's |
tonight as part of First Nations Night celebrations at Rogers Arena
The TV audience from the Northwest for tonight's Canucks/Blues game, as the Vancouver club puts the emphasis on all things Indigenous this evening; hosting First Nations Night at Rogers Arena, an evening that should be well received across British Columbia among some of their most passionate fans.
The evening, which marks the fourth annual First Nations Night will feature a mix of cultural and musical themes, along with a number of special guests, some of theme familiar for fans of Canuck's teams of the past.
The warm up jersey was designed by Musqueam artist Chase Gray, a Musqueam and Tsimshian artist.
The logo was inspired by traditional Coast Salish art and incorporates Musqueam colours: tumuth, sunset yellow, and black.
Included as part of the jersey will be a shoulder patch to put the spotlight on the victims and survivors of Residential Schools through the words Every Child Matters.
Among some of the pre-game celebrations on the evening include:A special pre-game ceremony including a ceremonial puck drop with special guests from the Orange Shirt Society, Tk'emlúps te Secwépem (Kamloops Indian Band), and Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh Nations, plus Canucks alumni Gino Odjick and Ron Delorme
Council members, Public gain additional overview of city's Public Works Department's plans for MacCarthy GM facility
|Mayor Lee Brain an Operations Director Richard Pucci outside|
what will soon be the city's new Public Works facility
(photo from City of PR)
You can review the Operations Directors commentary from the City's Video Archive starting at the fifty three minute mark.
More notes on Monday's Council Session can be explored through our Council Timeline Feature.
A look at the past items of interest from the Operations Department is available here.
A review of past Council Discussion themes can be reviewed from our Council Discussion archive.
Council cites community feedback in decision to reject variance development request for home proposed for Atlin Avenue
|A visual concept for a home proposed for the Atlin area, the variance|
request to accommodate the build, was rejected Monday by City Council
(From City of PR Agenda package for March 28)
With surrounding residents in strong opposition, the tide shifted for the proponents of a large home proposed for the Atlin Avenue area, with the project now sidelined after the city's planning department amended their view of the proposed development to recommend rejection by Council.
Monday night Council reviewed a report (full document available as part of the City's Agenda Package) from the City's planning department that provided some background to the proposed home for the area
|click to enlarge|
It was the second look for council at the proposed housing plans, the first coming two weeks ago as part of their March 14th session which sent the process forward to public notification.
However once to that process, the main push towards rejection for the required variance came from what was a large response from those in the surrounding neighbourhood, who by the time the issue came back to council had submitted four letters in opposition and a petition signed by 12 area residents speaking against the house build as proposed.
"Therefore given these identifying negative impacts we are amending our recommendation to not supporting the variance"-- Myfannwy Pope, on the city planning staff recommendation for a property on Atlin
Councillor Nick Adey was the first to comment, he applauded the public notification process that delivered the input from the community and noted of the role it played in the decision making in this instance.
."A tip of the hat to the public notification process and why it matters, we often find ourselves kind of scrolling through these things and there's a sort of a routine around it.
And I'm never one to particularly opposed sending something as far as a public notification.
But I think t's important to recognize that, that part of the process can make a difference, as based on your changing the recommendation, this one clearly has"
|Ceilidh Marlow, the Executive Director at Tourism Prince Rupert provided |
for the public debut for new information signage for the community
The City's council members found much to like from a presentation by Tourism Prince Rupert, with those in attendance at the Monday session providing a fair bit of praise, along with a few suggestions towards the bold new look that is envisioned by the local tourism society.
The way forward for Wayfinding and community singage began with a presentation from Ceilidh Marlow, the Executive Director for Tourism Prince Rupert, who outlined the project in a fifteen minute slideshow review.
Ms. Marlow took the council members and through an extensive overview of Tourism Prince Rupert's plans for new signage for the community.
To open her presentation she provided a short introduction to the Organization and its work in the community and explained how the new signage program has been funed and what the organization hopes to realize with its program to replace outdated signage and to take advantage of the work of some of the local artistic talent in the community.
She observed how the new wayfinding and marketing plan will embrace the Rupert 2030 vision program.
|Samples of the concept signs for entrance ways to Prince Rupert|
Towards the new elements, will be two new Welcome to Prince Rupert signs at either approach to the community on Highway 16 and the BC Ferries terminal.
They will feature a bold new look with a significant contribution from artist Russel Mather, the new signs will also include a Welcome in the Sm'álgyax language.
Ms. Marlow provided 4 concepts up for consideration using the same theme but in different presentations.
The wayfinding signs will be placed in specific areas around the community to help tourists find areas of the community and its districts as identified in the 2030 Vision program. Four different artists have been assigned one of the districts to create the new visual look.
Those artists include Chris Fraser, Roddy Tasaka, Lucy Trimble, and Kristen McKay.
|Wayfinding signs for four of the city's districts|
All of the concepts are now available for comments and observations through the Tourism Prince Rupert website, with the period for commentary to come to an end on April 18th
The process will move forward to fabrication into August and installation across the city by the end of the year.
Council members followed up on her presentation with a few comments, Councillor Randhawa asked about the comment process and how the public can participate, along with a suggestion to have feedback forms available at the Library for residents who may not have internet access.
Councillor Adey expressed his enthusiasm for the project and noted of the Indigenous elements to be included, he asked if there would be any other outreach programs towards the initiative.
"It's pretty exciting to see a lot of this stuff assume some continuity which I think is important, I'm really happy to see the Indigenous element on the welcoming sign and so on as well"
The Tourism Prince Rupert official noted of their plans to shared word with the media and make use of their social media network of options and email list to get the word out about the initiative.
Councillor Cunningham observed of some areas that had not been included.
"I just noticed on your signage in town, there's a lack of it going down towards Seal Cove with the new walking park and everything and I think that might be something that people would like to ... especially the seaplanes and stuff like that down there, it's sort of an attraction and I notice that they just sort of stop"
Ms. Marlow noted that the funding was limited to the areas outlined on the night, with Seal Cove an area to be addressed as the program moves forward in phases.
"This project we only have funding really to do the downtown and Cow Bay Area, but one of the other outputs of this project is we are hopeful, are hoping to do a larger community wide strategy with future phases ... as we can raise more funds over the years we can do other areas of the community and Seal Cove I think would be on the list for sure"
In response to a follow up suggestion from Councillor Cunningham on walking trails in the city.
The Tourism Prince Rupert Executive also highlighted some of the new materials and brochures that will be made available through the Visitors Centre, one of which includes material and a map related to the trail network in the community, along with some material on local dining, as well as a self walking tour of the community.
Councillor Skelton-Morven offered his enthusiasm for the branding concepts, offering his thoughts on what he might like to see for the Welcome Signs.
Councillor Niesh also offered some input into what the new Welcome signs might look like.
"I've always found that our sign currently coming into town is very, very basic and it doesn't you know really highlight much and when you go to a lot other communities and you look at their signs, you know there's lots to look at and I feel that this is our opportunity ... this is the time do it"
Councillor Mirau noted that they had captured what the city was looking for in the 2030 vision and asked that Tourism Prince Rupert share their feedback with the city at the end of their consultation.
"From my perspective, you've captured exactly what we've been hoping to see. The alignment with Vision 2030, the integration with Will Creative and Russell Mather.
I don't really want interject too many of my comments, cause most people know where I stand on the potency of the Rainbow symbolism and metaphor and everything else.
So I am really keen, if you wouldn't mind sharing the results from your public engagement back with Council so we can get a sense of you know of the flavour of public opinion on these concepts that you've presented.
They're all definitely in alignment with where we're headed" -- Councillor Mirau with his thoughts on the new singage project for Tourism Prince Rupert.
More on the Tourism Prince Rupert program can be reviewed from our item from Tuesday.
Ms. Marlow's Presentation to Council can be viewed through the City's Video Archive, starting at the eight minute mark.
More notes on the Monday Council session can be explored through our Council Timeline Feature.
A wider overview of past Council discussions is available here.
For a review of Tourism themes in the community see our archive page here.