The Vision Zero announcement event from Tuesday was hosted by Minster of Health Adrian Dix"Safe and equitable road access for all road users is critical to the well-being of people in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. That's why the Vision Zero in Road Safety Grant program is so important.
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
|A large number of participants were in Terrace earlier this |
month as part of a engineering competition
(photo from CMTN)
Should we ever decide to build that bridge to the Digby Island Airport, we can probably find the engineering team locally to take if from design to completion.
Students from Charles Hays Secondary School have taken top spot in the annual Popsicle Stick Bridge-Building Competition hosted by Coast Mountain College.
The event took place in mid-May with over 800 students from Grade 3 to 12 participating in the Northwest regional competition. 200 of then in person at the Terrace Coast Mountain College campus where their projects were evaluated and they could tap the knowledge of local engineers in the region.
"We would like to thank all the students and teachers who participated, the volunteers who put in many hours to make this competition happen, CMTN for their support in hosting and helping to organize the testing day, and all the local sponsors who showed their support by donating prize money and services to help keep the contest running smoothly,” -- Stuart Toop, Vice-Chair of EGBCNB and current instructor of the CMTN Engineering Certificate program.
|Putting the pressure on, one of the submissions is put the weight test|
(photo from CMTN)
As for the creative works, the Charles Hays Students have the bragging rights for the year, that after their project was named "Strongest Overall Bridge".
The CHSS team's bridge was able to hold 303 lbs before the structure dropped.
Some photos of the event can be reviewed here.
A look at the opportunities for Engineering studies at Coast Mountain College is available for review here.
More notes on Education across the Northwest can be reviewed here.
Sunday will be a rest for the staff at the Prince Rupert Library, so loading up on your summer reading will be a six day project for the weeks ahead.
The Shift to Summer hours comes this weekend with the Sunday Closure to run through to the Labour Day weekend in September.
The remaining days of the week will bring all the regular programs that have made the Prince Rupert House of Reading on Sixth Avenue West a popular destination.
As well, once the School's shut down for the summer, the Library will be a place for some summer reading and activities, so keep an eye on their Social Media stream for updates as the summer months move along.
More on what's available at the Prince Rupert Library can be reviewed here.
More community notes can be explored here.
With Wilderness Trail now reopened ... Metlakatla offers an invitation to explore and some transportation to get there
As we outlined on Friday, the extensive repair work on the 8 kilometre trail came with some assistance from both the Prince Rupert Port Authority and Northern Development Initiative trust.
A review of some of the work that went towards the reopening can be explored here.
As part of the Grand Reopening of last week, the Metlakatla Nation announced its own initiative to reintroduce their popular trail, by offering Free Transportation to the community.
Yesterday, the Metlakatla First Nation provided some additional details towards their Free twice weekly travel program for Tuesday and Saturdays to the community and back from Prince Rupert.
The two sailings are limited to the first 20 hikers.
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|The Booth Building meeting space is the venue for tonights|
information session on changes to how Student reporting will look next year
How students are assessed at Report Card time is about to change in British Columbia and tonight two officials from School District 52 will be hosting an event at the Booth Meeting Space to explain what it all means for the path forward, staring with the 2023-24 school year.
Superintendent of Schools Andrew Samoil and Director of Instruction, Sandra Pond introduce the topic at 7 pm on tonight.
For those not familiar with the Booth building you can access the meeting through the entrance at the back, second floor, behind Lax Kxeen Elementary School.
The School District has posted some background information on the changes, providing for an opportunity to attend tonight's session with some knowledge of the plans and help to form any questions you may have towards the implementation.
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|A look at the work taking place on First Avenue East as part of the city's|
infrastructure replacement efforts
With infrastructure the word of the year at City Hall, the City of Prince Rupert is on the search for an engineering technologist for the Operations Department, with just one of the responsibilities for the successful candidate that of inspection of ongoing public infrastructure construction.
The CUPE Local 105 post pays $37.57 per hour with additional premiums.
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The full Job Description, and what the City is looking for in applicants can be reviewed here.
The deadline for applicants to forward their resumes and such is June 14th.
The Engineering Technologist post is just one of a number of positions with City from a busy May hiring call, you can review some of the previous job opportunities from our archive page here.
Coast Mountain College is asking residents of the Northwest to keep an eye on their mailbox over the next few days, that as the roll out of what they hope will be an annual publication makes its way to home across the region.
Titled "CMTN Connection" the 24 page gloss paper publication takes us on a tour of what Coast Mountain College has to offer the communities that it serves.
Among some of its highlights include a Message from Coast Mountain College, President and CEO Dr. Laurie Waye.
As part of the first edition, there is a feature look at the student housing building in Terrace that is capturing attention for its design and function.
Also inside the publication is a review of the economic value for students (and parents) of attending the college with a number of campus locations across the Northwest beyond that of the main campus in Terrace.
One of those locations of course is the Prince Rupert Campus on Fifth Street and a number of the local instructors and programs are included as part of the debut edition for the new publication.
Features for this edition is the Marine Science program, Education Assistant program and the Course offerings related to the Indigenization in Business program.
Taking a look at the publication could also win you an iPad, the college is hosting a contest and all you have to do is log onto the website and enter here. You cab also use that page to learn more about some of the programs offered by Coast Mountain College.
With plans to make the CMTN Connection part of your regular reading routine, Coast Mountain College is seeking some feedback from their debut edition.
You can contact them at email@example.com to share your thoughts
So far there does not appear to be an online version of "CMTN Connection" available, so be sure to check your mail before dropping the week's worth of recyclables into your Blue Bin or making any recycling runs.
Otherwise a trip to the Coast Mountain College library may be an option to catch up on the latest themes from the College.
More notes on Post Secondary Education in the Northwest can be explored from our archive page.
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
“The new police detachment is a project that will serve our community for generations to come, and will be a real anchoring development at the entrance to downtown. We wanted to take the opportunity to showcase a local artist and also to celebrate what makes Prince Rupert unique with this opportunity.” -- Prince Rupert Mayor Herb Pond
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currently one of the installation of lower walls around the site location.
Some Hydro infrastructure replacement is going to make for some lengthy power interruptions through the rest of the week for residents of a number of communities along the North Coast.
Through their planned outages listings, BC Hydro has outlined the scope of the work ahead that will have an impact Lax Kw'alaams, Metlakatla, Dodge Cove, Crippen Cove, Kitkatla and Oona River to name a few.
Work is now underway and continuing through to Friday, June 2nd, power outages will take place between 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM
BC Hydro also includes Prince Rupert and Port Edward in their advisory but with no specific street or area mentions towards the work.
This link to the BC Hydro Page (here) will also provide updated information as the work moves along.
Both Metlakatla and Lax Kw'alaams have provided updates for their residents towards when the interruptions are to have an impact on their communities.
Follow their Social Media streams for updates as the work takes place in their communities.
More notes on Hydro themes can be reviewed through our archive page.
It was a quick and seemingly at times, an uncomfortable ten minute session for the members of the Board of Education on May 23rd, with those participating at the Booth Building gathering space and by remote means from near and afar moving the Budget Bylaw forward to adoption for 2023.
The Board members put their final approval on the Budget plan that they delivered at their last session earlier this month. Their final adoption however coming not without a few minutes of controversy towards the process that was used for this year.
Former Trustee Tina Last was in attendance on the night and made inquiries as to how the Board had reached the point of adoption on the night, observing that they had 'put the cart before the horse and how the procedures used this year had never happened before'.
"I would want somebody to check into the validity of that process... because I came here, as I'm sure as anyone could have to see what the Budget is. And the budget looks for anybody who didn't know that you did it last week just like a rubber stamp, I don't know what the budget is" -- Former SD52 Board Chair and trustee Tina Last.
Gerry Slyhkuis who has been consulting with the School District from the Fraser Valley since March, provided some guidance to the issues raised by Ms. Last.
"What's been presented and we've had a couple of meetings now presenting various aspects of the Budget and various analysis of the Budget and then at this meeting you have the actual Ministry template with the full document for the three readings.
That's actually quite normal, you would look at it in different views, different analysis. Because the Ministry template is fairly hard to understand.
And so in the previous meetings you've had the Budget presented, you've had some discussion around it, made some decisions around it and from that then Britney has prepared the Ministry template which is included in this. That's the actual Budget document in the bylaw so I hope that's helfpul'
Ms. Last added to her commentary, that the process that was used was a disappointing one for her, as there was no actual budget to review.
"This is just very different from twenty years of doing a budget and I can only speak for me but I'm pretty disappointed that I don't get to see a budget"
To follow up on some further commentary from Mr. Slykhuis, Ms. Last shared her thoughts as to how it had been done in the past.
"I'm a former trustee, I was the Chair for thirteen years and we've never done it like this. We've had it where you know you could come to the Budget meeting, where the budget's going to be passed. And you get to see your trustees look at what was presented as options, and they would debate it ,they would discuss it and you didn't have to actually partake in the previous five public budget meetings because this is where we would pass the budget. So this is just very different from the last twenty years that Prince Rupert has passed budgets"
The School Board's Budget helper from the Fraser Valley offered up some further notes on how the process of adoption of the budget works, observing on how it is accomplished in other jurisdictions.
Mr. Slykhuis then observed, how there had been opportunity for comment and input in the previous sessions used by the SD52 Board over the last few months.
"If you get it all in one meeting it's a lot to absorb and this gives everybody time to think about it and in fact a decisions' changed quite a bit over these two or three meetings in what the Board finally decided on for a budget. So I think it was a really good exercise because they did have that time to review it. Recognizing that may be different than what's been done in the past"
Ms. Last had one last thought on the process used for this year's budget planning.
"Different than what Prince Rupert would be expecting would be my view of how to phrase that"
None of the Board of Education Trustee members weighed in on the back and forth over the process during the course of the session.
Superintendent Andrew Samoil noted that the Budget document would be available for review by the public on May 24th.
The session was then adjourned.
You can review the full ten minute session from the SD52 Video Archive below
The next steps for the Board as they look to implement their financial planning will include the reassignment of staff or potential cutting of support positions. As well as the potential for layoffs for teaching staff, all of which we should be in motion before this month comes to an end.
More notes related to Education on the North Coast can be reviewed here.
A two night information sharing experience is about to start with the City of Prince Rupert hosting two sessions towards learning more about the rights and responsibilities for both landlords and tenants.
We first tipped our readers to the program back in April when the sessions were announced and Tonight the first of the two sessions arrives with the Landlord focused program to take place at City Hall at 7PM.
The City's announcement of April outlining what to expect at tonight's session.
Are you a new or existing landlord in Prince Rupert and want to understand more about your rights and responsibilities under both the Residential Tenancy Act and the City’s Rental Maintenance Standards Bylaw?
Come to this free information session to be held in Council Chambers, City Hall (424 3rd Avenue West) on Tuesday, May 30th at 7 pm. City staff along with the Prince Rupert Unemployed Action Centre Legal Advocate will be on hand to present information and answer questions.
Light refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!
Tomorrow the focus shifts to the rights of tenants and the location shifts as well, with the Wednesday night session to take place at the Prince Rupert Library.
The event hosted by the City, Library and Prince Rupert Unemployed Action Centre.
Learn more about the Wednesday session from the City's event page for the night.
The genesis towards the twin information sessions came out of the last few years of discussion related to the acute shortage of affordable housing in the community and the growing issues of renovictions.
You can dig deeper into those themes through our Housing archive pages.
|Image of camp bound cadets from RCSCC Captain Cook Cadet program|
Members of two Northwest Sea Cadet units were on the road this past weekend as members of the RCSCC Captain Cook Sea Cadets in Prince Rupert and those from RCSCC Babine in Smithers travelled to Vernon for some training on the lakes of the North Okanagan.
The training took place with the North Okanagan Sailing Association which operates at Okanagan Landing just west of Vernon.
The weekend one of a fast pace to learning the safety rules and operational themes of sailboats in a pretty nice setting.
The Northwest Cadets had previously conducted their training at a facility in Smithers, however it has not reopened since the time of COVID, with the facility facing maintenance and equipment challenges.
Global BC News featured the trip to Vernon as part of their news coverage of Monday.
|The BC Bush North departing from the Highliner in Prince Rupert|
The British Columbia Government has announced some new funding for a pair of transportation options that serve the Northwest.
On Monday, the Government outlined that 5 million dollars would be delivered to Northern Development Initiative Trust to continue the BC Bus North and Northern Community Shuttle Program until 2026-27.
“We understand how critical BC Bus North and the Northern Community Shuttle program are to meeting the needs of people in northern communities who may otherwise have limited transportation options,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Extending these northern programs will ensure people can continue to access safe, reliable and affordable travel options to connect to family and industry in larger centres.” -- Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.
The Province will also be adding 250,000 dollars towards the development of a new easy to use web based platform to be used for travel planning reservations and customer service for transportation needs in the region.
The new, booking system will include multiple service providers and allow people to book various travel options using one platform. The platform should be ready to use by fall 2023.
“Passenger transportation services in northern B.C. will benefit greatly from this investment by the Province of B.C. The $5 million to extend the Northern Passenger Transportation Service funding program will support the operations of shuttle buses between rural and remote communities, while also benefiting the BC Bus North service that travels between regional centres. This additional funding will support mobility for those who live and work in B.C.’s North, allowing them to visit family and friends and access services using reliable transportation.” -- Joel McKay, chief executive officer, Northern Development Initiative Trust.
|The Cops for Cancer Tour de North takes place|
September 15-21 travelling along Highway 16
from Prince George to Prince Rupert
The three Prince Rupert participants in the Cops for Cancer Tour de North have seen their fundraising pages debut on the Canadian Cancer Society's Tour de North page, marking the start of their journey to September's travels along the Highway 16 corridor.
As we outlined last week, the 2023 Tour de North officially launched at a Prince George event, which released the names of this years participants, including three from Prince Rupert.
Two of those on the ride are from Prince Rupert Fire Rescue, along with a member of the City's RCMP detachment.
The donation pages are now available for North Coast residents to lend support:
Taking part from the City for 2023 include:
Kasper Green -- Prince Rupert Fire Rescue
(see page/biography here)
Jordan Venditelli - Prince Rupert Fire Rescue
(see page/biography here)
Jacque Van Wyngaardt -- Prince Rupert RCMP
(see page/biography here)
Constable Van Wyngaardt has taken the early lead in fundraising, with $721 raised so far towards his goal of $3,000.
His entry into the Tour de North has been noted by the Prince Rupert RCMP Social Media stream.
Monday, May 29, 2023
Places, Places ... container ballet on the Promenade as new exhibit containers arrive for Container Marketplace
|New arrivals at the Prince Rupert Container market|
were being lined up along the promenade today
The Promenade between the Atlin Terminal and the Prince Rupert Cruise Terminal was a busy place this morning, as workers moved some newly arrived containers into place to add to the Container marketplace that has become the newest attraction for the Cow Bay waterfront area.
The break in the schedule for cruise ship visitors this week offers a few days to move things around without having to keep much of an eye on wandering locals and visitors.\
The cautious work of moving the container into place an incremental bit of pulling to line the new arrivals with those already into place.
As we noted earlier today also on site is the Exhibition space for the north Coast Ecology Society, that container showcase set to be one of the anchor location for the Container marketplace as it continues to evolve.
The expanded features will get their baptism in the first week of June as the Prince Rupert Cruise season moves into a higher gear with more frequent ship visits ahead though June, July and August.
More notes on Tourism in Prince Rupert for 2023 can be explored from our archive page.
|RCMP in Vanderhoof and BC Major Crimes Unit have|
updated the case file and investigation into the disappearance and now
discovery of the remains of Madison Scott today
A tragic announcement into the disappearance of Madison Scott was released today by British Columbia RCMP, the Mounties noting of the discovery of her remains on a property east of the community of Vanderhoof.
The discovery comes twelve years since the then 20 year old was last seen, that as part of a celebration of a friends birthday.
The update also comes one day after the RCMP in Vanderhoof had issued a reminder of their ongoing investigation into the disappearance of the Vanderhoof resident.
As part of the search for the Vanderhoof resident, Ms. Scott's family had placed billboards across the Northwest, along with a website.
The family had also offered a reward for information leading to her disappearance.
The news today, one of every parent's nightmare and heartbreaking for those who knew the young lady described as full of a zest for life.
Today's announcement through the BC RCMP Crime Unit noted of the execution of the search warrant on the rural property in East Vanderhoof.'
Police are currently executing a search warrant at a rural property on the east side of Vanderhoof. The area has been secured and additional resources are anticipated to be on scene for as long as may be required.
We can confirm that the property is associated to the discovery of Maddy who has been positively identified by BC Coroner's Service. The Scott family has been advised and they have asked for privacy at this time. Many areas of support remain in place for the family.
This has been a priority investigation for the RCMP over the past 12 years. The discovery of Maddy is a significant development, however this investigation remains an active and ongoing missing person's investigation where foul play has not been ruled out said Cpl Madonna Saunderson BC RCMP Communications.
No charges have been laid. Anyone with any information is asked to call Tipline (778) 290-5291 or (877) 543-4822
The BC Major Crimes Unit will be updating their investigation as events move forward.
Today's announcement, has generated some significant media reviews, a few of the selections can be examined below:
Remains of Madison Scott found 12 years after she went missing near Vanderhoof
BC woman Madison Scott found dead 12 years after being reported missing
Remains of Madison Scott found, police say
Remains of Madison Scott discovered at Vandherhoof property
Madison Scott identified by BC Coroner's Service east of Vanderhoof
Vanderhoof woman's remains found 12 years since going missing
Remains of BC woman missing for 12 years found on rural Vanderhoof property
Notes on Northwest Emergency Responders can be reviewed through our archive page.
|The North Coast Ecology Centre Exhibition space is now in place|
at the Promenade between the Atlin Terminal
and the Prince Rupert Cruise Terminal
There's a new addition to the Atlin Promenade Container marketplace and for the North Coast Ecology Centre it marks phase one of their plans for the community, following up on their Pop Up Ecology Centre of 2021.
This summer, they have a fixed home in a converted container down at the Prince Rupert Cruise Terminal marketplace area, the tourist season long education centre will serve to educate and inform local residents and visitors alike.
To launch their program, they are looking for volunteers and potential staff members as well, with tonight a night to learn more about their work as they host an information session to share more on their plans and to seek out those with an interest to help with their program.
Tonight's session in the Triton Building at 727 Second Avenue West (beside Naomi's Grill ) takes place at 7 PM
The Container Centre is set to open next month and should find some fast success with a large volume of cruise visitors about to arrive through June.
More notes on Tourism in Prince Rupert can be reviewed here.