Hundreds made their way to Seal Cove to see flames engulf North Coast Pacific Mini-Storage on June 5.

Hundreds made their way to Seal Cove to see flames engulf North Coast Pacific Mini-Storage on June 5.

Prince Rupert year in review: June 2013

The Northern View presents Prince Rupert's year in review for June 2013.

Relay tops $66,000

Prince Rupert’s generous spirit was on display again this year as the Annual Relay for Life on June 1 brought in more than $66,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. 224 people on 25 teams took part in the relay compared to 120 people on 13 teams the previous year.

Mini storage burns down

A plume of smoke that could be seen as far away as Oliver Lake filled the sky on June 5 as North Coast Pacific Mini Storage was engulfed in flames. Firefighters spent hours battling the massive blaze, but were not able to save the structure or any of the contents of the building as the building. Among the items lost in the fire were boats, motorhomes and classic cars, but nobody was injured. The result of the fire was determined to be electrical and was not suspicious.

Rice steps down

On June 10, less than a month after being elected to the B.C. Legislature, North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice announced she would be immediately stepping down from Prince Rupert city council. Her resignation set the stage for a Nov. 15 byelection to fill the vacant seat, which was expected to cost the city between $15,000 and $25,000.

RCMP raid Smoke Shop

The Chad Smoke Shop on Third Ave. West was forced to close its doors after RCMP executed a search warrant and seized thousands of bongs, pipes and grinders, equating to approximately 80 per cent of the  store’s inventory.  The June 8 seizure came following a six-month investigation and although no other store selling the items faced seizures, RCMP did request they take pipes and bongs off the shelfs. The effort earned the detachment the Most Time Wasted trophy, which was mockingly presented by Sensible BC leader Dana Larsen later in the month.

Tourism restructured

The board of Tourism Prince Rupert announced in mid-June changes to how the organization would operate. The board terminated the contract of CEO Bruce Wishart and announced the pending departure of marketing director Monika Clifton. Tourism Prince Rupert would be operating with no staff in the community and would be vacating the office in the Museum of Northern B.C.

Fourth crane announced

Maher Terminals Canada vice-president Mark Schepp confirmed the company was expecting receipt of a fourth container crane for Fairview Terminal later in the summer. The crane marked the first expansion of Fairview since it began operations in 2013.