Premier Christy Clark reads The Cat in the Hat with Nevaeh Rhyno-Boulet and Jonathon Sanderson-McKay during a break at the Port Edward library during her campaign stop.

Prince Rupert year in review: May 2013

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

CUPE resolves budget dilemma

The issue of a budget shortfall facing the City of Prince Rupert was resolved following an in-camera meeting with members of council and the Canadian Union of Public Employees. The union brought forward ideas to save the city $150,000 in operation expenses, though what those are remained unknown. Those savings were coupled with a 1.5 per cent tax increase and drawing down the surplus by approximately $523,000. The meeting with the union came just days after a public forum to address the shortfall this year and the expected shortfall in the years ahead.

Quadding accident claims life

A 30-year old Prince Rupert man lost his life as a result of a quadding accident on the forest service road at Exstew. The man was camping with friends when his quad flipped while trying to cross a washed out portion of the road. Due to the suction created by a submerged culvert, the man was swept over Exstew falls after being freed.

Rice heads to Victoria

Jennifer Rice was the winner of the May 15 provincial election on the North Coast, handily defeating challengers Judy Fraser of the BC Liberals and Hondo Arendt of the BC Green Party. Rice captured 4,341 votes, which was good enough for 55 per cent of the popular vote. Judy Fraser’s 2,540 votes was good for 33.12 per cent of the popular vote and Hondo Arendt finished with just over 10 per cent of the popular vote and 787 votes total.

While many had expected the NDP to form government following the election, the BC Liberals were elected to another majority. The Liberals won 49 seats, the NDP won 34 seats, there was one independent MLA elected and the first-ever Green Party MLA was elected.

Fishermen raise red flag over regulations

Fishermen on the North Coast were calling foul on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans after new regulations were put into place that would required fishermen to purchase a $300 log book and pay for an on-board monitor during the fishery. Joy Thorkelson of the United Fishermen and Allied Worker’s Union expected the new rules to cost fishermen 13 per cent of their pre-tax income.

RTI accused of dumping coal

Allegations of coal dumping by Ridley Terminals came to light in mid-May, as on-site witnesses told of coal being pushed off the dock into the harbour, machinery dumping excess coal into the harbour, coal falling off the belts into the harbour and a lack of drainage ditches allowing coal-laden water to enter the harbour. RTI denied the allegations, outlining steps the company takes to protect the environment. Both Environment Canada and the Prince Rupert Port Authority launched an investigation of the allegations.

Just Posted

Rampage come from behind to beat Ice Demons

Prince Rupert scored five goals in the third period to secure the win on Jan. 18

City of Prince Rupert still waiting on street light upgrades

Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure said work would be complete in 2018

How sweet it is: Sugar Shack is back for ninth year

On Jan. 23 the popular Francophone festival in Prince Rupert kicks off with a social

City of Prince Rupert to explore funding for Kwinitsa airport ferry

New roll-on, roll-off berth would be called “Rupert’s Landing”

RCMP asks again for public’s assistance to find Binh Tran

Tran was last seen around the 1600 block of Park Avenue on Dec. 11

Fashion Fridays: Inspirational gym outfits

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

UPDATE: B.C. woman and boy, 6, found safe, RCMP confirm

Roseanne Supernault says both she and her six-year-old nephew are fine and she has contacted police

PHOTOS: Women’s Marches take to the streets across B.C. and beyond

Women and allies marched worldwide protesting violence against women, calling for equality

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Federal Liberals announce former B.C. MLA as new candidate in byelection

Richard Lee will face off against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

No winning ticket in $10 million Lotto Max jackpot

No win in Friday night’s draw means the next Lotto Max draw will be approximately $17 million

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

For two decades, significantly more of the whales have died in even-numbered years than in odd years

Burnaby byelection turmoil sparks debate about identity issues in politics

The Liberals still have not said whether they plan to replace Wang, who stepped aside Wednesday

Most Read