Tanny and Hanny the goats outside the Moby Dick Inn, in Prince Rupert. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)

Council Briefs, June 10: “Goat bylaw” in review

Weed shops now in province’s hands, 2018 in review, and new members on airport board

At the June 10 council meeting, while “Team Raptors” may have been losing, “Team Goats” were winning.

Mayor Lee Brain presented a resolution to council to review the City’s livestock bylaw after much public discussion has been centred around Prince Rupert’s two newest residents, goats Tanny and Hanny.

READ MORE: Moby Dick Inn owner wants to keep goats to tame weeds

READ MORE: City allows goats to stay until end of Seafest weekend in Prince Rupert

Brain said the revision is in-line with Prince Rupert’s 2030 Sustainable City policy, which calls for more urban agriculture, decribed as “a broad range of activities, including small-scale home gardens, larger-scale urban farms, community gardens, farmers markets, aquaculture, small livestock, and more.”

Unfortunately for the goat duo, this does not mean that they get to extend their stay at the inn, due to the fact that the reports and recommendations will take some time and it is no guarantee the law will change.

Teresa Lee, the owner of the Moby Dick Inn, who owns the goats, said Tanny and Hanny had to leave by 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11. That was the only time the former owner from Hazelton could pick the goats up.

READ MORE: Farewell Hanny and Tanny

Lee said she plans to bring the goats back if the bylaw is amended at a later date.

Councillor Nick Adey said the purpose of the livestock prohibition bylaw is first and foremost meant to protect the best interest of the animals and should not be changed.

READ MORE: In Our Opinion: Baaad bylaw

Weed shops “now in the province’s hands”

The High Culture Shop Inc., which applied to open a cannabis retail store in Five Corners in January, got the final green light from council.

Two cannabis store proposals were put before council and now their applications are in the province’s hands. The first application is a private, non-governmental store to be located at 1100 Park Avenue.

READ MORE: Prince Rupert gives public notice of Cannabis Retail application

The second will be a Government Cannabis Store located at 100 Second Avenue West. It will be located next to the liquor store but will have a separate entrance.

Brain explained that this was the final approval step on the City’s end, however, the province will be getting the last say on the applications.

Letters poured in from the Prince Rupert community expressing their support for the privately owned cannabis store. One resident however wrote that they “highly opposed” the location for High Culture Shop’s store because of its proximity to Raffles Inn Shelter, the Liquor Warehouse and a newly constructed shelter nearing completion, all locations where many vulnerable communities live or hang around.

“This area is dense with the most helpless in our community. Let’s not give them another vice within walking distance to further ruin their lives,” wrote resident Stephen Tattersall.

However, Brain said based on all available feedback from the public the city does not foresee any additional concerns for the area.

Both applications were approved unanimously.

Three new appointees to the airport board

Council ratified a resolution passed at the May 27 closed session meeting in which Cody Smith, Emerald Murphy and Antonio Vera were appointed to Prince Rupert Airport Authority Board. There is one seat left on the board which they are continuing to search for candidates for.

“Turning a corner,” 2018 in review

The city moved to accept the 2018 Statement of Financial Information (SOFI) report as well as the 2018 Annual Report, presented by Robert Long, city manager.

READ MORE: Mayor and council salaries increase, while six-figure club grows by one

Brain said he is impressed with the growth of the city and they are finally turning a corner after seeing three billion in growth this year. Highlights include revamping Watson Island and the construction of the Pembina terminal, phase 2 of Water Project, and 114 business licenses issued to new business.

The city will be hearing final comments from the public on their 2018 finances and final report at the next council meeting, before it goes through its final approval. A full report of their activities in 2018 can be found on the City’s website or at City Hall. The next council meeting is scheduled for June 24.


Jenna Cocullo | Journalist
Jenna Cocullo 
Send Jenna email
Like the The Northern View on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

CityWest mistakenly overcharging customers on PST since 2013

Prince Rupert’s telecommunications company sent out notices to residents informing them of the error

Master students in Prince Rupert share their findings for a more sustainable city

Students with Ecotrust Canada’s North Coast Innovation Lab showcase their work at Lester Centre

Wind project between Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert moves forward once more

Naikun Wind Energy Group announced partnership with major offshore wind development company

Disaster in store for Prince Rupert, announces Lester Centre of the Arts

Auditions set to take place at the end of October

Exhibit travelling from Quebec to Prince Rupert

The Museum of Northern British Columbia received $9,400 in funding

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

The Northern View announces inaugural Tyee Fishing Derby in Prince Rupert

More than $7,000 up for grabs for biggest legal salmon and halibut

The Northern View 2019 Readers Choice

It’s that time of year again! Vote online or at the Prince Rupert office before noon on Aug. 30

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

Cross-examination begins for B.C. dad accused of killing young daughters

Andrew Berry is charged in the deaths of six-year-old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey in 2017

Dog attacked by river otters, Penticton owner says

Marie Fletcher says her dog was pulled underwater by four river otters in the Penticton Channel

BC SPCA overwhelmed with cats, kittens needing homes

Large number of cruelty investigations, plus normal ‘kitten season’ to blame

Most Read