Monday, April 06, 2009

Podunk Below the Masthead Monday, April 6, 2009

A pair of Rupertites prepare take part in a ride to conquer cancer, the downtown area looks to get re branded and Dr. Greeff finally gets his due locally, among some of the items in the Monday edition of the Daily News.

PRINCE RUPERTITES JOIN A 191 KM RIDE FOR CANCER-- Two local residents, survivors of cancer are making their preparations to take part in a Ride to Conquer cancer, a bike trip between Seattle and Vancouver planned for June 20 and 21. Monday's headline, front page story outlined the quest ahead for Francis Wolfe and Gordie Simonds, as they take part in the 191 trip to raise funds for cancer awareness.

Elsewhere in the Monday edition, the latest plans to revitalise the downtown area, this time focusing on the state of Third Avenue and seeking to re brand the shopping district. Following on the heels of the successful image projected by Cow Bay, the city is hoping that the initiative will be a citizen driven one, with a gentle nudge that the city would like to see our multi cultural aspects and the city's Mariner history reflected in any suggestions.

Two urban planners were also brought into the process, with Frank Ducote and Joaquin Karakas both having begun the process of redevelopment last fall, they will be presenting a draft plan towards the end of April, then the city will take things to the people again for some input.

And from the better late than never department, Dr. Herman Greeff, finally was acknowledged locally for his recent award from the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC), as we outlined last week here on the blog, he was one of 62 BC Doctors honoured for their work on behalf of their patients and their dedication to improving primary health care in the province. The Daily News outlined his achievement in a page three article which provided a bit of background on his local work and his thoughts on how to improve the system for Prince Rupert patients.

The grand opening of the new Kitimat Aquatic centre was featured in the sports section, a story which also included a front page colour photo of the ribbon cutting, the sports page also outlined the results of the weekend half marathon in Prince Rupert.

Total pages in Monday's paper (12)

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