Tuesday, May 31, 2022
|A new partnership for CityWest, this time with the Tahltan Nation|
will see fibre optic communications come to communities
in the Tahtlan territory
A State of the art fibre optic network will soon be in place on Tahitian Territory, providing for improved internet access and offer access to a range of services from health care to business development for residents of the region.
The network is the latest venture for Prince Rupert based CityWest, which has struck a partnership with Tahtlan Communications to construct the high speed fibre optic service in the territory.
The project is through funding as part of both Federal and Provincial programs, that funding was announced close to two years ago in July of 2019.
Over the last year and half, CityWest and Tahltan officials have been working out the plan to deliver the services, with Stefan Woloszyn, the CEO of CityWEst outlining that process today.“We have been working with the Tahltan nation for the last year and a half, as we have planned and built out our partnership network and submitted plans to develop connectivity to all of their communities and strategic partners.
The anticipation of the project for the Tahltan's was outlined by Paul Gruner, the CEO for the Tahtlan Nation Development Corporation.
|British Columbia's Minister of Mental Health and Addictions|
outlined how the province will put a three year exemption related
to criminal penalties for some illicit substances for personal use to
work towards their health care programs
The British Columbia government has received a three year exemption to remove criminal penalties for people who possess a small amount of illicit substances for personal use, the shift in the provincial approach towards substance use coming with an announcement today in Vancouver.
In the information release that accompanies today's announcement, it's noted that this exemption will be in effect from Jan. 31, 2023, to Jan. 31, 2026, throughout British Columbia.
The Province will work with a broad range of partners to implement this policy change, including the federal government, health authorities, law enforcement, people with lived and living experience, Indigenous partners and community organizations to establish the public health and public safety indicators in order to monitor and evaluate the outcomes of this exemption in real time.This exemption is not legalization. These substances remain illegal, but adults who have 2.5 grams or less of the certain illicit substances for personal use will no longer be arrested, charged or have their drugs seized. Instead, police will offer information on available health and social supports and will help with referrals when requested.
That with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure outlining a few of the significant paving projects planned for the next few months across the Northwest.
One of the projects is focused on the Hazelton area, where work should wrap up in June for some infrastructure work that includes:
A section of Highway 62 from the junction of Highway 16 to Recreation Road;
The Kispiox Valley Road from the junction of Highway 62 to Kispiox Village;
Aldous Street and Omineca Avenue in South Hazelton.
Also up for repair work this summer is:
The highway 35 area near Burns Lake and Highway 37 North south of Dease Lake and Lower Post Side Roads closer to Vanderhoof work in the Culculz Lake area will also bring some travel delays for travellers
Stikine MLA Nathan Cullen who is also Municipal Affairs minister noted of the the importance of road maintenance with the release of the paving plans today.
“In northern B.C., where often there are only a few road access points into remote and rural communities, highway and road maintenance is extremely important. Safe and reliable highways and roads are essential for northerners to get to work, school and appointments.” -- Stikine MLA and Municipal Affairs Minister Nathan Cullen
The guide which is available on line here, highlights the General programs that will be available as of June 1st.
Among some of the notable entries, the Summer Camp program that will be offered by the City this year, the first of which is a Pre-School program which will start on July 4th, with the last one starting the week of August 22nd.
Also available will be summer camp opportunities for youth ranging from ages 6 to 12
Other Fitness and Activity programs for teens and adults also make for the summer planning for the Recreation Centre, as well as an outline of what's available through the Earl May Aquatic Centre which has programs available until August 22nd.
The Aquatic Centre will shut down for its annual maintenance period from August 22nd to September 11th.
For the latest notes of interest from the Recreation Centre follow the Prince Rupert Recreation Department through their Facebook page.
Working conditions and pay for Airport Security among themes for Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Taylor Bachrach during Committee discussion
|Taylor Bachrach spoke to Transportation themes as part of a|
House of Commons committee session on Monday
The chaotic nature of passing through security at some of the nation's largest airports made for some discussion in a House of Commons committee session on Transportation on Monday.
Among those participating in the session was Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Taylor Bachrach, who spoke to themes of budgeting for CATSA, the service which provides for security screening at the airports.
"We're hearing many frustrations, from the workers and from the unions that represent them, when it comes to screening officers at airports and some of the working conditions. We're hearing about, you know challenges with things like bathroom breaks, we're seeing extreme overtime and forced extensions to overtime, missed breaks, washroom access all of these things, as well as uncompetitive pay.
And I'm wondering if the working conditions faced by screening officers and other airport workers is something you're concerned about and what role it is playing in the challenges you're experiencing in hiring more screening officers for our airports" -- Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Taylor Bachrach speaking as part of the Transport Committee in Ottawa on Monday
The full committee session can be reviewed here, click on the May 30 session for the webcast.
Earlier this month the Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP raised concerns on aviation in the House, at that time, we outlined some of the current challenges facing those looking to travel by air.
Yesterday, some of those CATSA members working in Vancouver held a rally to press for their concerns with their employer.
More notes on the aviation in the Northwest can be reviewed here.
A look at the work of Mr. Bachrach in Ottawa is available here.
Northwest Transit users from Terrace east asked for feedback on Highway 16 community to community bus service
Users of a popular and vital highway connection that runs from Terrace to Burns Lake and on to Prince George are being asked to provide some feedback to BC Transit, that in order to improve the service and plan for the future.
The survey which was launched on Monday, asks those who use the four routes to outline what works well for the service and where the transit users would like to see improvements or enhancements.
The four routes include:
Route 164 -- Hazeltons-Terrace
Route 163 -- Hazeltons-Smithers
Route 162 -- Burns Lake-Smithers
Route 161 -- Burns Lake-Prince George
The four distinct routes were launched in 2017, part of a municipal led approach to the end of Greyhound Service and to add to the daily opportunity for travellers to get around the Northwest, complimenting the BC North Bus service and other private ventures.
In addition to the ten minute survey, participants are also asked to submit any ideas that they may have towards transit use between the communities, making for an ongoing consultation panel which others can join in on to comment or share their own ideas towards.
The reason that the survey stops at Terrace, is that both Prince Rupert and Port Edward chose not to participate in the BC Transit program back in 2017, the City of Prince Rupert noting of local options at the time that the Northwest wide service was being developed.
Despite occasional calls from other municipalities across the northwest, the North Coast remains off the map if you will when it comes to the service that connects municipalities.
While not part of the service, North Coast residents can still log on to share their thoughts if they wish.
The survey project also provides links to the 5 Point Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan, BC Bus North Service, as well as to offer access to each of the BC Transit options available in the participating Municipalities.
More notes on the Highway 16 corridor can be explored here.
Nasoga Lands court injunction steers all concerned towards further consultation towards dispute resolution
Monday, May 30, 2022
The City of Prince Rupert Recreation Department will be All in when it comes to the national Participaction program for June, with the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre set to host a range of free activities to get Prince Rupert moving through the month.
As part of the program, The Recreation Department is asking those who use their facilities to track their patricipaction as the community with the most active users will receive 100,000 dollars towards local facility upgrades.
The program kicks off this week with the City joining in on Go By Bike week, offering a Free Lawn to Bike session at the Arena on Saturday, June 4th from 1 to 2 PM.
The full schedule of free events is below:
For more notes on local recreation themes follow the City's Recreation Department through Facebook.
More on the National Participation program is available here.
A wider overview of community events can be reviewed through our archive page.
|The NDP Caucus is mostly holding to a team approach when|
it comes to any comments on the proposed
Royal BC Museum rebuild
North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice doesn't seem too inclined to weigh in on the growing controversy over the NDP governments plans to spend over 800 million dollars for a new Royal BC Museum, with Ms. Rice one of a number of NDP MLA's who directed the Vancouver Sun to a statement from Jagrup Brar to serve as her comment to the topic.
Over the weekend, the Vancouver Sun, polled all of the MLA's on the Government side of the Legislature, and for her contribution to the discussion, Ms. Rice offered up the following note:
She was one of many MLA's who chose to let the Caucus chair speak for them on the topic.
A few of the Cabinet members did however share some of their own themes for the topic:
Among them Premier Horgan, Minister Melanie Mark who is steering the project and Stikine MLA and Municipal Affairs Minister Nathan Cullen.
City Council to hear pitch from staff to seek recognition at UBCM for recent Civic rebranding project
|Council members will consider whether to put the |
new civiv branding up for nomination for awards
at the UBCM meeting later this summer
The issue became the significant part of the conversation follow a recent fire downtown which consumed a pair of local businesses.
Such was the tone of discussion coming out of that event, that Mayor Lee Brain spoke briefly to the topic, promising a more detailed response once a civic report was delivered.
Those additional comments from the mayor could come tonight, with Council set to receive a report from the city's Corporate Administrator which will highlight some of the challenges the City faces in taking action on the issue.
The report notes of the difference between medical and non-medical grow situations and offers up two streams for the Council members to follow towards the situation in the city.
One a recommendation of a new by-law to regulate cultivation, the other a call to continue to lobby the Federal government to bring change to their handling of the issue:Staff is recommending to Council that a bylaw be created to regulate cannabis cultivation through the use of nuisance (odor) considerations as well as imposing building code, electrical code and fire safety regulations. Any bylaw drafted will need to ensure it does not conflict with federal or provincial legislation and recognizes the supremacy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The Corporate Administrator will also look to deflect further conversation from the community on the topic towards the Federal government, offering up a destination and a form for residents to register their concerns.
The City of Prince Rupert is not in a position to take complaints or answer questions in regards to the legality of (medical) grows in Prince Rupert as the City receives no notice or has an opportunity to comment on zoning compliance.
Residents are encouraged to send their complaints directly to Health Canada at the form included in this Report to Council.
This information will also be uploaded to the City’s website.
The form that the City is directing residents to use can be accessed here.
The full report from Ms. Rosa Miller can be reviewed below:
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|The Public Hearing for the Proposed Port City Spirits|
small scale distillery and tasting room takes place tonight
The proponents of a proposed Distillery and Tasting Room for the old U Brew location on Fraser Street will gain the feedback of their neighbours tonight, with the proposed use for the location to be the topic for tonights Public Hearing on a Zoning Bylaw amendment to allow for the use.
The Hearing is set for 6 PM in Council Chambers
As we outlined previously this month, the pat to Public Hearing was charted at the May 9th session, following a report from City Staff on the proposed small scale distillery and tasting room, as part of the review, the city's planning staff observed how the proposed development fits into the city's Official Community Plan and a desire for more development in the downtown core area.
The topic will return to the attention of Council later this evening as well, scheduled as an Agenda item for the Regular Council session starting at 7PM
More notes on tonight's Council session can be reviewed here.
Our previous noted on the proposed use of the building can be explored below:
May 16 -- Prince Rupert City Council sets May 30th as date for the Port City Spirits Public hearing
May 12 -- Proposed Small Scale Distillery on its way towards public notification, public hearing
May 9 -- Proposed Distillery for downtown Prince Rupert up for Council Review tonight
More notes on past Council discussion themes is available here.
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.
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 May 30th session can be reviewed here.
While our archive of all sessions for 2022 for Council is available here.
Our archive of items from the session can be found below.
Regular Session of Council for Monday, May 30, 2022
Home page and archive of sessions can be found here.
Live Broadcast of session can be found here
Notice for Public Hearing for Property on Fraser Street (6 PM)
Agenda for the Regular Council Session for Monday, May 30, 2022 (7 PM)
Preview of the Council Session for Monday, May 30, 2022
Mayor Lee Brain -- Present
Councillor Nick Adey -- Present
Councillor Barry Cunningham -- Present
Councillor Blair Mirau -- Absent
Councillor Reid Skelton-Morven -- Present
Councillor Wade Niesh -- Present
Councillor Gurvinder Randhawa -- Present
(not available yet)
North Coast Review Items related to the Monday, May 30, 2022 Session of Council
The Archive for our weekly review can be found here.
|Real Estate Listings for the West Side of Prince Rupert|
for the week ending May 30
|Real Estate Listings for the East Side of Prince Rupert|
for the week ending May 30
Total value of the listings for our ten increased this week noted at $9,990,000
Below find our findings as of the Week ending May 30, 2021
For background on Housing issues in the Prince Rupert area see our past items here.
Sunday, May 29, 2022
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Friday, May 27, 2022
Rock Stock 2022 ... something for all as over 50 of Prince Rupert's talented performers take to the stage
|Saturday nights all right for Groovin'|
Rock Stock 2022 is set for a 7PM curtain rising
at the Lester Centre of the Arts
It's a showcase of performance that highlights the scope of what Prince Rupert has to offer, and tomorrow night over 50 of the talented students of the Ring Music Studio will show their stuff at the Lester Centre.
RockStock 2022 hits the Lester Stage at 7PM Saturday the local celebration that features solos, duets and group presentations providing for a groove that will appeal to all.
The popular event offers a chance to take the pulse of the musical community and see what has come out of Ian Lihou's laboratory of Sound. Many of his students will go on through the years as featured performers in the community and beyond, making Saturday night a chance to see the rise of yet more stars in the Rupert constellation.
This year picks up from times past, the annual showcase having been suspended in 2021 owing to COVID, making for an extra special night for those working hard on their craft over the last few years of challenging times.
Admission is by donation, and it you wish to have a ticket the Lester Centre box office is ready to accommodate you.
You can check out some of the past performances from the Ring Music Studio Facebook page.
More notes on the Arts in Prince Rupert can be explored here.