The Earl Mah Aquatic Centre will be closed from July 1 - October this year. (Matthew Allen / The Northern View)

Council Briefs: Developing a more sustainable city, pool problems and new voting date

Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain presented his Sustainable 2030 draft to council on June 11

Sustainable 2030

Ken Shaw and Mayor Lee Brain presented the first draft of the Sustainable City 2030 framework to council on June 11. In 2016, Prince Rupert created a committee to research what sustainable measures the North Coast city could use.

“We don’t have to invent things from scratch,” Shaw said during the presentation, explaining that their research looked at other cities as models, such as Terrace, Smithers, Vancouver and Seattle.

The draft outlines five main areas to develop: local food, energy, transportation, waste and neighbourhoods. Current and potential projects were briefly outlined, including tidal energy generation on Butze Rapids, a hydro-electric water dam, and the mayor’s involvement in an electric vehicle charging station network in northern B.C.

“Sometimes people think it’s just about community gardens and maybe backyard hens… window-dressing type stuff. I really want to point out that these policies are really about economic development and innovation. A sustainable committee in all these categories is very innovative and economically diverse — we’re not relying on just one thing,” Shaw said.

The councillors were supportive, with Barry Cunningham saying the city should also focus on what it can do to be more sustainable now. Joy Thorkelson said, after 2010’s green task force fell apart, this report needs to be supported by community involvement.

“In terms of community buy-in, I’m going to venture a guess,” councillor Blair Mirau said after the presentation. “I think it’s obvious on a night when the sun is out and council chambers are full, I think you’ll be seeing the community engagement that you’re looking for in this process.”

READ MORE: Mapping an electric vehicle charging network across northern B.C.

Voting date changed

The date for the upcoming election is being changed. Votes for the municipal mayor and council and school board trustees elections are usually cast in the third week of November, but will now be on the third Saturday in October. This year voting will be on Oct. 20. Advance voting will be held on Oct. 10 and 17.

READ MORE: City adds three more to $100,000 club

Paying the price for the pool

Rupert Wood and Steel Construction was awarded the contract to repair the civic centre’s pool and hot tub.

“I’m very glad to see that the lowest compliant bid was a local contractor,” Mirau said.

After the Northern View reported the civic centre’s aquatic area would be closing for July until October, more than 50 people voiced their displeasure on social media.

Councillor Wade Niesh said he saw the comments.

“I don’t think people really understand what’s going on here. The hot tub has to be replaced. It’s not just putting new tile on it, it’s jack hammering the hot tub right out and maybe even doing foundation work underneath it,” he said.

“Unfortunately, we had many years of money not being spent on the civic centre due to budget constraints. Now, we’re unfortunately paying the price for it and we’re having to do projects a little bit bigger than we’d like to do. But if we don’t do them now, then we will have nothing.”

READ MORE: Prince Rupert pool extends summer closure for extensive repairs



keili.bartlett@thenorthernview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

City of Prince Rupert

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

FILE - Nathan Cullen speaks to media in Smithers, B.C., Friday, February 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
More calls come in for Cullen’s removal as NDP candidate

Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs demand Cullen’s removal. Ellis says, There’s no place in B.C. for racism

An election tussle has now erupted over the long-dismantled Skeena Cellulose pulp mill on Watson Island, shown here in a 2013 photo. (File photo The Northern View)
Wilkinson, Horgan tagged over pulp mill file and legal battle

Case dates back to attempt to re-open closed Skeena Celluose pulp mill

ANBT 2021 is still in the planning, Peter Haugan event organizer said on Oct. 13. In the 2020 ANBT, Hydaburg’s T.J. Young drives along the baseline against Prince Rupert’s Brady Johnston. Hydaburg would defeat P.R, but fell to New Aiyansh in the next round. (The Northern View file photo)
All Native Basketball Tournament 2021 still in the planning

“If we cannot run it with our fans, we cannot run the tournament” - Peter Haugan

BC Liberal Party candidate for the North Coast Roy Jones Jr. will hold virtual face-to-face meetings for North Coast communities on Oct. 18. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)
BC Liberal Candidate Roy Jones Jr, will meet constituents virtually

Face to face conversations will be held on Oct. 18 for North Coast communities

Steven Helin and Kayla Robinson lost everything they owned in a fire in Prince Rupert downtown core on Oct. 5 affecting three businesses and more than 10 rental units. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)
Aftermath of building fire

Flames of ruined hope

With local MLA Adam Olsen looking on, BC Greens leader Sonia Furstenau said a Green government would convert BC Ferries into a Crown corporation Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Green leader Sonia Furstenau promises to convert BC Ferries back into Crown corporation

Promise comes Monday afternoon with five days left in campaign

A passer-by walks past a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Canada ‘yet to see’ deaths due to recent COVID surge as cases hit 200,000

Much of the increase in case numbers can be attributed to Ontario and Quebec

Police confirm human remains were found in a recycling bin in Vancouver on Oct. 18, 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Human remains found in recycling bin floating near Vancouver beach

Police asking nearby residents to see if their recycling bin has gone missing

B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson visits a North Vancouver daycare to announce his party’s election promises for child care, Oct. 9, 2020. (B.C. Liberal Party video)
B.C. parties pitch costly child care programs in pandemic

B.C. Liberals say they’ll deliver on NDP’s $10-a-day promise for lower-income families

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A B.C. man decided to create a website to help people find family doctors accepting patients. Because Victoria is considered high-demand, clinic openings can’t be posted publicly. (Unsplash)
Vancouver Island man starts website that connects B.C. residents with doctors

Nanaimo man started project to help people find family physicians accepting patients

Voting station at Tzeachten Hall in the riding of Chilliwack-Kent on the first day of advance voting in the provincial election on Oct. 15, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
B.C. VOTES 2020: 380,000 British Columbians head to polls in first 4 days of advance voting

Some of highest voter turnout so far has been seen on Vancouver Island and in Shuswap

The BC Ferries vessel the Queen of Oak Bay. (News Bulletin file photo)
‘Buy a boat,’ Horgan advises anti-maskers on BC Ferries

NDP leader John Horgan talks COVID-19 misinformation

Most Read