Thursday, March 04, 2010

Podunk Below the Masthead (Wednesday, March 3, 2010)

A review of the Chamber Awards, questions of old School District decisions and a look at the provincial budget, some of the items of note for the Wednesday news cycle.

Daily News, front page, headline story
ANNUAL CHAMBER AWARDS HONOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES--The Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce recognized achievement and dedication on Saturday night, as the Chamber presented its honours for local business operators and volunteers to the community. During the course of the evening of celebration, small business, new business and large business operators were recognized as were a number of local residents who give of their time to the community.

A look back at some School Board spending is outlined on the front page as the Daily News resurrects some of the  old questions of last year, surrounding the transition of leadership at School District 52. The Daily News revisits 2009 with some financial figures surrounding the replacement of former Superintendent Eric Mercer. It's a topic that was covered rather extensively  during the course of 2009, when the School district hired a temporary replacement to hold the position until the arrival of current Superintendent Lynn Hauptman.

Prince Rupert will be the home of a new totem pole this summer, as the  people of Lax Kw'alaams put the finishing touches on their pole destined for the City's Mariner's park. Wednesday's paper outlines the process of creation that will lead up to this summer's pole raising.

The Sports section featured a review of the 58th Ladies Bonspiel held Sunday at the Prince Rupert Curling Club, the event saw a Terrace foursome take the final match. A preview of the upcoming All Native Junior Basketball Tournament is provided as well, the tournament takes place during Spring break March 8-12 at both PRSS and CHSS as well as the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre.

(Archive for Daily News Articles for March 3, 2010 )

The Northern View
MP less than thrilled with federal Throne Speech -- NDP MP, Nathan Cullen offered up his thoughts on Tuesday's Speech from the Throne which outlined Prime Minister Harper's blueprint for the upcoming session of Parliament. (see article here)

CFTK TV 7 News
Winter Games Athletes Arrive in Terrace -- Terrace is revving up for the spirit of competition at the BC Winter Games and with Thursday the first day of events, participating athletes had begun to arrive in the city (see article here)

CBC News British Columbia, Daybreak North
Breaking down the budget-- Finance Minister Colin Hansen and NDP Finance Critic, Bruce Ralston offer up their thoughts on the provincial government's budget (Part one here ... Part two here)

Daily News, front page, headline story
Annual Chamber Awards honour local businesses
By George T. Baker
The Daily News
Wednesday, March 3, 2010

It was a massive weekend for PAC 10 Tutoring and other local businesses.

PAC 10, the first year tutoring group took home two awards during Saturday’s Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards dinner, snagging both the Rookie Business of the Year and Aboriginal Business of the Year titles.

As they were announced as the winners for Rookie Business, all six representatives for PAC 10 erupted from their table with exuberance and gladly accepted their hard earned recognition for a successful first year.

Also joining PAC 10 was City Furniture and Appliances, who took home the other two awards, being named both the Business Newsmaker of the Year and tying with Coastal Nails for Small Business of the Year – Retail.

Joined by members of his staff, City Furniture owner Sonu Sidhu was grateful for the recognition.
“We are so very proud to be a part of this great community,” said Sidhu.

Business of the Year went to Canada Safeway, who won an award for the fine service the local supermarket has provided the community throughout 2009.

It was also a night of recognition for two long-time charitable service providers. Jingle Bell Express organizer Dave Walker was recognized for his 14 years of service to the community through the Express program. During his time as organizer and his friendship with local pediatrician Dr. Jeffery Simons, Walker was able to raise more than $20,000 for the pediatric ward at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital.

“It is amazing to think that through the years of operating the Jingle Bell Express, some of the six year olds on that first ride have grown up and some now have children taking the very last ride with me,” Walker reflected on his time.

Walker announced he was stepping down from organizing the Express during his speech. Organization of the Express will be taken over by Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Manager of Communications, Barry Bartlett.

Gunther and Nancy Golinia– who was, as per usual, working the overnight shift at the shelter – were recognized for their tireless efforts at the Prince Rupert Wildlife Shelter. Clearly the award was given to a deserving member. When Golinia was announced as the Volunteer Organization of the Year, the full room stood in ovation.

West Coast Launch won the Small Business of the Year – Trades, Industry, Manufacturing and Transportation, and Cowpuccino’s Coffee House won Small Business of the Year – Hospitality, Tourism and Service.

The Community Involvement Award went to Northern Savings Credit Union, who were nominated for several awards, and snagged that award along with being a Child Friendly Business.

Eco-Management was given the Green Award for its environmentally friendly service. Rounding out the business winners was Advantage Print and Design, which won the Excellence in Customer Service Award.

In addition to the numerous awards, several local businesses and organizations were recognized as being Child Friendly. These designations were a result of the City of Prince Rupert’s classification as a ‘Child Friendly City” last October.

The following organizations received certificates recognizing them as Child Friendly Businesses:

City of Prince Rupert Recreation and Community Services, Cowpuccino’s Coffee House, Good Times Games & Electronics, Hawkair Aviation, Lighthouse Childcare, Lonnie Wishart photography, Northern Savings Credit Union, Prince Rupert Daily News, TD Canada Trust, Zellers

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