There was plenty of dancing and drumming at the opening of the All Native Basketball Tournament.

There was plenty of dancing and drumming at the opening of the All Native Basketball Tournament.

The year in review: February 2011

The Fraser Institute released its school performance report card on February 7.

  • Dec. 24, 2011 8:00 a.m.

Fraser Institute rankings

The Fraser Institute released its school performance report card on February 7, and the report once again painted a less than positive picture of Prince Rupert schools. Westview was the highest ranked public Prince Rupert elementary placing 695th out of 875 schools with 4.5/10, followed by Lax Kxeen in 710th with 4.4/10, Pineridge in 768th with a score of 3.9, Conrad in 857th with 2.3 and Roosevelt in 874th of 875 schools with a score of 0.0/10.

The city’s lone private school bucked the trend by scoring a 9.1/10 to sit in 49th.

Port Edward animal shelter proposed

A group of concerned animal lovers appeared before the District of Port Edward council on February 8 to ask the municipality’s help in getting a new animal shelter up and running to address concerns about feral cats in the community. The group, known as the Cannery Row Animal Shelter board, asked council to gift land in the community for the construction of a shelter that would include a small building and a large, covered outdoor pen. The idea was later changed to a long but not very tall, self contained structure for feral cats in the community, and has yet to receive the green light from council.

Five join All Native Hall of Fame

In 2011 five more people were added to the All Native Basketball Tournament Hall of Fame. The first newly added Hall of Famer was Nelson Leeson who was a Hereditary Chief and long-time President of the Nisga’a Nation before he passed away in 2009. Richard Leeson was inducted alongside his brother. Gayle Bedard was the next to be induced into the Hall of Fame and is the second woman ever to join the list. The fourth inducted Hall of Famer was Mel Bishop, who has been the coach of the Rainmakers for the past 31 years.

The last person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame was Art Sterritt, who was a past chair of the tournament when the women’s and masters division were introduced and also played.

All Native Wrap-up

The Kitamaat Haisla Ladies were crowned the Women’s division champions, defeating the North Pacific Rain 63-59 in the final. The Intermediate title went to the Kitamaat Haisla Pride, who defeated the Friendship House 76-63 to take the banner. Hydaburg Alaska continued to dominate in the Seniors division, winning the 2011 All Native Basketball Tournament banner by defeating Ahousaht 96-92. The Masters title was awarded to Bella Bella, who took home another banner with a 71-63 victory.

Rampage fall in Western Conference final

After a season that saw the team win the CIHL Western Conference, the Prince Rupert Rampage came back to the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre up one game in the Western Conference final with a shot at the league final at stake. Unfortunately the veteran Kitimat Ice Demons were able to come back to win the next two games on the road to end the Rampage’s run. The team would go on to compete in and host the Coy Cup.

Tsimshian Cultural Pavilion proposed

The lower level of the Islander Hall was packed on the afternoon of February 22 to hear the project team discuss the opportunity for a Tsimshian cultural pavilion to be built on the waterfront. The partners are looking at a possible location on the waterfront directly beside Northland Cruise Terminal.