Jaidan Ward celebrates in front of the PRSS fans during the last Grad Hockey game between the two high schools.

Jaidan Ward celebrates in front of the PRSS fans during the last Grad Hockey game between the two high schools.

The year in review: April 2011

The North Coast lost one of its young residents on the morning of April 9.

Car accident claims teen’s life

The North Coast lost one of its young residents on the morning of April 9. 15-year-old Port Edward resident Mary Jessica Faith Hartling lost her life after succumbing to injuries that resulted when the car she was in left the road early Saturday morning. According to RCMP, four youths, two males and two females,  travelled to Terrace for an early morning breakfast then returned back to Prince Rupert. The 1993 two-door Mazda car left the road at Rainbow Summit along a straight stretch on Highway 16. The vehicle crashed approximately 40 feet down an embankment until its resting place. The three other teen occupants sustained minor injuries and are from Prince Rupert.

Container ship named for Prince Rupert

Politicians, members of the business community, and representatives of the Tsimshian First Nations boarded a ship called the “MV COSCO Prince Rupert” on April 8 to hold a welcoming ceremony for the brand new cargo ship on its maiden voyage to the port of Prince Rupert.

The ship’s operators, COSCO Group, say that naming the ship after the City of Prince Rupert is a significant recognition of the city as a major port in the shipping industry.

Oil slick spotted

Hartley Bay band council increased its pressure on BC Ferries to resume daily monitoring in the area where the Queen of the North sank after one member of the band saw an oil slick coming from the site on April 10.

“It ran right from where the ferry went down and wrapped all the way around into Fishermen’s Cove, and that’s the top end of Gill Island,” explained councillor Marven Robinson of what he saw.

CityWest names new CEO

Following the departure of long-time CEO Rob Brown, CityWest announced that William R. Craig would be taking over the position on April 18.

Aboriginal business conference

Hundreds of delegates packed the convention centre at Chances during the week of April 13 for the sold out Aboriginal Business Opportunities Conference. Delegates included politicians, First Nations representatives and, possibly the most important of all, private sector businesses with opportunities, ideas and jobs to offer to First Nations and their communities.

City passes tax increase

Prince Rupert City Council gave three readings to bylaws that amended its five-year financial plan and raise taxes by 2.4 percent in 2011.