|An impressive piece of art and learning for CHSS with the reveal of|
the new 360 degree Pole for the secondary school
(Photo from SD52)
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
|Prince Rupert and the North Coast are under an |
Arctic Outflow Warning
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Port's Community Investment Funding helps with development of Outdoor Classroom project at Lax Kxeen Elementary
|The new outdoor classroom at Lax Keen was designed with input from|
School staff and students
(Photo from PRPA)
The newest addition to Lax Keen school is outdoors, with a new outdoor classroom serving to add to the educational experience at the east side elementary school in Prince Rupert.
We made note of the new space earlier this month as part of our SD52 notes from October, today we get a bit of glimpse into the new facility, through some background from the Prince Rupert Port Authority.
The project was a partnership between the Port's Community Investment Fund and SD52, the sheltered space an area which encourages students and educators to take their lessons outside, where they can experience their surroundings in a unique, safe, and accessible environment, and provides a new place for local daycares and other community groups to meet for outdoor activities, rain or shine.
The outdoor classroom is directly beside the school’s accessible playground, which was built in partnership with PRPA through a previous Community Investment Fund project with the Lax Kxeen Elementary School Parent Advisory Committee.
Nestled near the school’s gymnasium entrance, this location provides additional protection from the elements and direct exterior access to washroom facilities, which community groups can also gain permission to use.
Built by local contractors, the 20’x20’ steel structure features a skylight, allowing natural light to illuminate the space. The soft rubber flooring is extended from the playground into the classroom area, making it accessible for people with varying degrees of mobility.
Former Lax Keen Principal Susan Kobza who was an really proponent for the project noting of how it will add to the experience at the school.
“Taking students outside is good for their mental health and wellbeing, and it adds a different perspective to the classroom experience by expanding their learning environment and allowing them to engage all of their senses. Using the outdoor classroom as a starting point, classes can then carry on exploring the nearby creek and green spaces that surround us, learning hands-on about our natural environment.”
|The gates open Saturday to a new season of Christmas tree shopping in Prince Rupert|
The countdown is on towards the Annual Rotary Club Christmas Tree Sale in Prince Rupert, with Prince Rupert Rotary members preparing their site at the Tennis Courts at Sixth and McBride in anticipation of Saturday's Opening.
The Trees which are cut in the Terrace area will be up for sale as of 11AM on Saturday.
The Hours of Sale for the Rotary Club fund-raising effort are as follows:
Saturday 11AM to 5PM
Sunday 2 PM to 5PM
Monday to Friday 4:30 to 6:30 PM
The pricing for Christmas 2022 is the same as it was last year.
4 to 6 foot trees $30
6 to 8 foot trees $40
8 to 10 foot trees $60
10 to 12 foot trees $80
The Rotarians and their helpers are accepting cash or cheque for all tree purchases
The Sales will continue through to December 18th or whenever the supply of trees has been exhausted.
The money Rotarians raise from their Annual Tree Sale is put towards some of their many local community initiatives.
Updates on the tree sale as it moves towards conclusion on December 18th can be found from the Prince Rupert Rotary Social Media Stream.
More Holiday notes in Prince Rupert Can be reviewed here.
Community Note themes can be explored through our archive page.
|The 2021-22 Christmas Light Display at the Court Hosue|
This years lighting ceremony comes this Saturday as part of Winterfest 2022
The Holiday season for Prince Rupert and area launches this first weekend of December with a number of community events ahead to put everyone into the holiday spirit.
We'll track some of them as they come along through this archive page.
December 3 -- Wintefest Saturday Night takes it all outdoors, with Court House Tree Lighting, Harbour Sail Past and Fireworks
December 3 -- WinterFest Craft Fair Opens at 10AM Saturday at Highliner Plaza Hotel
December 3 -- Images of Ukraine for the viewing this weekend at the Ice House Gallery
December 1-3 -- From a Pineapple under the Sea ... to the Stage of the Lester Centre: SpongeBob the Musical launches tonight
December 3 - 4 -- Santa's travels around Prince Rupert for Winterfest
December 3-18 -- Prince Rupert Rotary Christmas Tree Sale
December 2-3 -- Wheelhouse Brewing Company to host Winterfest Vinyl Party Saturday
December 2 -- MLA Rice/MP Bachrach Open House
December 2-4 -- Winter Fest 2022
December 2-4 -- Kla How Ya Skating Competition
December 1-3 -- CHSS Presents SpongeBob the Musical
November 25 -- December 25 -- 2022 Salvation Army Christmas Appeal
For any changes or additions to the lineup for Winterfest follow the Prince Rupert Special Events Social Media stream here.
Regional District Session for November highlights Transportation concerns for Board, number of Haida Gwaii initiatives
North Coast Regional District has released the Cole's Notes version of their work from November 18th, posting a synopsis of some of the key elements of their Board Discussion from the night.
Of note from the release is a pair of Transportation issues that are on the minds of the Board members, with Regional District to raise concerns over Highway 16 Maintenance and Safety issues, as well as to request a meeting to discuss The BC Ferries Commissioner's Term Review.
Also noted in the Board highlights were a number of themes related to Haida Gwaii specific initiatives from Economy Development to Solid Waste Rates, as well as to seek funding for a Erosion Study on the Islands.
Regional District Does Not live stream their monthly sessions as Prince Rupert City Council does; nor does the regional government host an archive of recorded sessions for residents to review following the conclusion of the monthly meetings.
The NCRD website does have an archive of Regular Board Meeting minutes which you can access here.
More notes on the work of Regional District can be explored through our archive page.
Return of Cram-A-Cruiser in support of the Salvation Army Christmas programs set for December 10th at Canada Safeway Parking Lot
The members of the Prince Rupert Detachment of the RCMP have announced plans for the Second Annual Cram-a-Cruiser event for Prince Rupert, with Canada Safeway once again the destination in aid for the Salvation Army's Christmas program
In partnership with Safeway, Rainbow Chrysler and the Salvation Army, the Prince Rupert RCMP will be hosting it's second edition of Cram-a-Cruiser.
All donations will be given to the Salvation Army to be distributed to people in need in the community. Non-perishable food items and toys will be collected.
They ask that donors please make sure that food donations are not expired and toys are either new or in good conditions if used.
"We had great success during our first edition last year, so we're hoping that people will be as generous or more again this year! A small contribution can make a big difference in someone else's life. A lot of people wanted to donate cash last year but we couldn't accept it, so this year, we made sure to have the Salvation Army Christmas kettle on site to collect money as well." -- Cst. Gabriel Gravell Prince Prince Rupert RCMP
The members look forward to seeing you, sun, rain or snow on Saturday, December 10th from 10 AM to 3PM at the Canada Safeway Parking Lot.
More notes on the work of Emergency Responders in the Northwest can be reviewed here.
A look at some of the other community initiatives in aid of the Salvation Army can be reviewed through our Community Notes archive.
City staff members will seemingly be digging deep into the records both electronic and on paper at City Hall. That following a recent decision by the Provincial Agency which oversees Freedom of Information requests.
The City of Prince Rupert has been denied a request to Disregard a request for Access to Information, with an Adjudicator with the Office of Information and Privacy Commissioner ruling that the city did not meet the burden of its request.
The Decision from Adjudicator Erika Syrotuck was provided November 16th, following the City's request to disregard a respondents access request, the city citing a number of sections of the Freedom and Protection of Privacy Act.
The request came from an applicant who is a part of a union and had requested all correspondences between January 1 2004 to June 13 2022. between the City and the Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers.
The City's focus for its request to disregard the request included:
That it was frivolous or vexatious
The records had been disclosed or were accessible from another source
Responding to the request unreasonably interferes with the public body's operations
In the decision, the adjudicator found that City did not meet its buden of proving for those elements.
The request appears to be related to past collective bargaining issues between the union in question and the City; with the scope of the FOI request dating back to the days of City Manager Gord Howie and moving forward to this summer.
Sections 21-26 of the Decision however also make note of a period of time related to the June State of the City Presentation at the Lester Centre of the Arts.
Of note from the Decision, some apparently contentious moments at that event between then Mayor Lee Brain and members of the Union, as part of the Question and Answer portion of that evening's presentation.
The theme as the documentation from the report suggests was related to the city's water infrastructure plans and water quality concerns at the time.
That Q and A element of the Mayor's presentation in June was not live streamed to the public.
The notes from the Office of Information and Privacy also observe as to how that exchange carried on into the parking lot at the Lester Centre.
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The full report which you can review here, offers a glimpse into how the City's request was viewed by Adjudicator Skyrotuck, with the Response to the city's list of requests from the sections it had cited noted below:
For these reasons, I am not persuaded by the City’s submissions that the request at issue is either frivolous or vexatious under s. 43(a) of FIPPA.
In summary, I find the City has not met its burden with regards to s. 43(b).
In light of such scant submissions, I am not persuaded the City has met its burden of showing that responding to the access request would unreasonably interfere with its operations. I can appreciate that the 18-year timespan of the access request is a long timeframe, but that alone does not persuade me to find in favour of the City.
The City has not provided any estimate of how long it thinks it would need to search for the records or any other information that is capable of supporting its assertion that responding to the access request would unreasonably interfere with its operations.
As a result, I find that the first part of the test is not met. I find s. 43(c) does not apply.
The Conclusion to the report noted that for those reasons, the adjudicator had denied the City's request to disregard the respondents request under section 43 of FIPPA.
As noted in the passage above from the decision, the OIPC document frequently referenced a British Columbia Labour Relations Board decision issued on May 11th of this year between the City of Prince Rupert and the CMAW and BC Regional Council of Carpenters.
That ruling which you can review here, makes for even more fascinating reading and a glimpse into the state of some of the ongoing labour issues for the city.
It also would seem to serve to open the door just s bit towards some of those issues we imagine that have made for the many past closed doors meeting hosts by City Council.
So far, the City has not made mention of the decision by the Information and Privacy Commissioner, nor the scope of the issues related to, and raised by the union through any of its public information sharing options.
This marks the second loss in just over a year for the City when it comes to its efforts to refuse an FOI request.
As we noted in the fall of 2021, the city of Prince Rupert was denied a request to provide for body camera footage related to a bylaw complaint.
More notes on past City Council themes can be explored through our archive page here.
The Prince Rupert RCMP is asking for some help from the public as they seek to locate Devin Wellington Giffin, currently wanted on a range of warrants related to a 2022 Prince Rupert file.
Among the charges awaiting Giffin upon his being located:
Charges for Theft of a motor vehicle, possession of property obtained by crime, Mischief and failing to comply with a release order.
He also has accumulated a string of warrants from across the country, among those:Wanted out of Nova Scotia for Possession of property obtained by crime and Mischief under $5,000, and out of the Yukon and Alberta for Theft of a motor vehicle, Possession of property obtained by crime, Mischief under $5,000, Flight from a Peace Officer and Failing to comply with a Release Order.
The Cold weather currently settled in over the North Coast is going to feel just a little bit colder, with Environment Canada issuing a WIND WARNING for the coastal regions, with winds gusting up to 110 km per hour through to this evening.
The same is forecast for the Central Coast of British Columbia.
The Cold Snap continues through to Saturday when temperatures begin to moderate to above Zero, but with that comes the potential for snow flurries into next week.
Further inland the Terrace/Kitimat region remains under an Arctic Outflow Warning with windchill temperatures of at least minus 20 through the day today.
More notes on past weather events can be explored from our archive page.
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
The City of Prince Rupert is looking to fill an opening with the RCMP detachment's Victim Services Program posting the position of Assistant Coordinator to their list of current civic job opportunities.
The focus of the position is by way of reporting to the Victim Services Manger.
Among the duties include providing for support services, practical assistance, information and referrals to clients who have been victims of all types of crime or serious trauma.
Services are provided with the intent to lessen the impact of crime and trauma on primary victims and assist in their recovery and to reduce the trauma of secondary victims.
The position is for 25 hours per week and is union exempt.
The full range of qualifications, Duties and responsibilities can be reviewed here.
The Deadline for applications is December 9, 2022
More notes on Civic job opportunities of the past can be explored through our archive page.
As Winter Storm Bears down on Vancouver area, Air Canada, WestJet begin to cancel flights, including some Northwest options
|Yesterday's flight track from Flight Aware of the|
Vancouver to Prince Rupert Flight.
Today's schedule has been scrapped after Air Canada
made some proactive cancellations ahead of a major
snow storm set to hit the Lower Mainland later this afternoon
In what has been described as a proactive measure, both Air Canada and WestJet have begun to cancel flights between Vancouver and Destinations across the province.
With the Daily Prince Rupert Arrival and Departure among those now on the cancelled list.
|The YVR online flight status board tells the tale for|
air travel in and out of Prince Rupert today
as Vancouver prepares for a major winter storm
Morning flights into Terrace were not impacted by the announcement, though Wednesday's early morning departure for WestJet has already been put on the Cancellation list.
The Smithers Air Canada flight today is also on the list of those now cancelled.
You can review the evolving list of the lasted cancellations from the YVR Departures board here.
The Greater Vancouver region is anticipating up to 20 cm of snow for North Vancouver and points east to Coquitlam and into the Fraser Valley.
Richmond which is the home for YVR is expected to receive ups to 15cm by Wednesday morning.
Other communities on Vancouver island are also anticipating similar amounts of snow.
More notes on Air transportation across the Northwest can be explored here.
Amid ongoing concerns over Marine Protected Area Network plans, Lax Kw'alaams host survey with results to be forwarded to DFO and other partners
|The Northern Shelf Bioregion one of a number of protected|
areas being considered as part of a DFO/Indigenous program
The Lax Kw'alaams Band is still expressing its concerns over plans towards the development of Marine Protected areas along the North Coast area, a topic that was the subject of an October gathering at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre.
The Band outlined its position on the plans through their Social Media stream last week"Lax Kw'alaams Fisheries is continuing to push back on decisions that would impact the livelihoods of our people in the marine. The Northern Shelf Bioregion Marine Protected Area Network (NSB MPA) is racing forward and our team continue to be very concerned.
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It's a Fund that has helped towards a large volume of community projects since it was created over a decade ago, the results of partnerships on view around the region, from playgrounds, to trails to benefits for the Arts Community.
A chance for community groups that may be looking to tap into that funding from the Port to learn more about the program comes up tomorrow, as staff members at the Prince Rupert Port Authority host an information session and a chance to learn more as to how the program works.
The Pitch a Project event for those groups that have pre-registered is set for November 30th at Cowpuccinos from 5 to 6:30.
We'll learn more about how successful those making their presentations were with their initiatives in 2023. Which is when the PRPA outlines its ongoing funding streams through the year ahead.
Learn more about the Community Investment Fund from thee PRPA website.
You can review some of the past initiatives that have benefitted from some funding from our archive page here.
If you're a romantic at heart and a pretty good record keeper as well, the Province of British Columbia would like to hear from you, with the Province seeking the services of a Marriage Commissioner for the Prince Rupert area.
The opportunity comes through the Vital Statistics Agency of the Ministry of Health which is currently looking for an individual to serve as a Marriage Commissioner for Prince Rupert.
The successful applicant will be tasked with performing civil marriages within the community on behalf of the Agency.
Applicants must reside in Prince Rupert to be considered for the post.The Deadline to submit your interest in the position is December 16th.
The schedule maker had given the Rampage a month away from competitive battle, but they more than stepped up on Friday when a snarly Quesnel Kangaroos squad arrived in town.
The game one notable for the parade to the penalty box as it was for the numbers on the score sheet, the long trip from the Cariboo bringing out some physicality from the Roos, which was more than answered by the hometown side.
On the Score board the Rampage were quick to the back of the net, with two Cole Atchison goals in the first five minutes, the first assisted by Tyler Ostrom, the second with helpers going to Kory Movold and Brett Arnet.
Quesnel would get one back in the middle of the first period, but the Rampage were quick to put down that rebellion, Reid Lindsay on the power play with an assist to Judd Repole and Brody Ward made it 3-1 by the sixteen minute mark.
Judd Repole would add one more before the first period would end, Cole Atchison and Reid Lindsay with the helpers making it 4-1 at periods end.
The penalty parade began early in the game with the Rampage picking up the first three infractions, with the nastiness accelerating through the first frame
Prince Rupert picked up another goal five minutes into the second, with Judd Repole gaining the marker assisted by Reid Lindsay.
Much like the first, the second was a penalty filled affair as well, the Kangaroo claiming the majority of
the penalty time on a range of infractions.
The third period saw one more Rampage goal, that going to Marcus Atchicson, with assists going to Jared Meers and Cole Atchison.
The Quesnel side claimed two back, but came up short of a comeback with Prince Rupert posting a final score of 6-4 by the end of another penalty filled period, the infractions going on until the final whistle.
In total, the Kangaroos were assessed 81 minutes of penalty time on 23 infractions, the Rampage served 49 minutes in the box on 19 infractions.
Kieran Sharpe picked up another win for thee Rupert side, turning aside 28 of 32 shots on the night.
570 fans took in the action on Friday evening.
The full Boxscore of the night is available here.
Saturday night provided just as much offence as the Friday night affair, but by comparisons, Williams Lake and Prince Rupert players were on a peace march, with things settling down significantly following a first period flurry of penalties.
The Stamps took an early two goal lead and held that advantage until the midway point of the first when Brody Hemrich picked up an unassisted power play marker, followed eight minutes later by Jared Meers, also on a power play bringing the two teams even on the scoreboard, the helper on goal number two for the Rampage going to Judd Repole.
The Second period was much the same as the first, Williams Lake added two goals in a row to take a 4-2 lead by the midpoint, which was the cue for another pushback from the home side.
Ben Northcott launched the push, scoring at 13:39 with an assist to Brody Hemrich.
Three minutes later it was Justin Brand tying the game up, with Drew Fudger and Nolan Stava providing the helpers. Three minutes after that Cole Atchison put the Rampage ahead for the first time on the night, Judd Repole setting him up for the go ahead goal.
The Rampage added to their 5-4 lead in the really moments of period three, with Tyler Matalone finding the back of the net on a helper from Brody Hemrich.
Williams Lake would make one last charge at mid period, gaining one goal back, however four minutes later Reid Lindsay restored the two goal lead, assisted by Kory Movold.
The 7-5 score making for the final decision at the games end.
The referees had a relatively easy go of things considering the night before, with Williams Lake serving 14 minutes on 7 infractions, while the Rampage visited the detention box on the east side of the rink 7 times for 25 minutes of penalty time.
Kieran Sharpe secured his place at the leagues top goaltender into December, turning aside 16 of 21 shots.
The Rampage goaltender having seen 360 minutes of play so far this season, with Goals Against Average of just 2.33.
776 fans made their way into the Jim for the warp up to the weekend play.
The Full box score for the Stamps/Rampage contest of Saturday is available here.
Being off the ice for a month has left the Rampage scorers with some ground to make up, which will come in December and January with a fairly extensive schedule ahead.
Judd Repole began the climb back to the top of the scoring listings with his weekend work and his five point over two games. The talented Rhino offensive threat now in Fifth spot in the Scoring race with fifteen points, ten behind league leading Jordan Draper from Quesnel.
The Prince Rupert side will hit the highway this weekend and the next two games will serve as bookends to the recently completed sessions.
Saturday the Rhinos are in Williams Lake, while the Kangaroos more than likely have Sunday afternoon circled on the calendar for their reunion matchup.
The weekend also brought out the generosity of the Rampage fans, with a successful Teddy Bear Toss in aid of the Salvation Army Christmas Hampers program.
You can follow Rampage on the road through their Social Media feed here.
To keep up with the Rampage scores from the road, follow our Results page here.
More notes on the CIHL can be explored through our Archive page.