Thursday, March 12, 2009

Podunk Below the Masthead March 11, 2009

The city finds money coming into its coffers after a re-assessment of Federal properties in the city, the Green party turns to a new face in the North coast riding and the sports department suggests its time to get nasty when it comes to Minor Hockey bureaucrats.

WINDFALL PROVIDED BY FEDERAL PROPERTIES RE-ASSESSMENT-- The city of Prince Rupert finally receives a bit of welcome news when it comes to finances as a re-assessment of the various Federal properties around the city provides for a $36,800 grant in lieu of taxes a welcome change to some of the other tax properties in the city of late. The details of the arrangement between the city and the Federal Government was announced following a closed session of council and were the feature front page article in Wednesday's paper.

Also announced at that closed session of Council was the appointment of a new Corporate Administrator, Robert Grodecki was introduced as the successful applicant for the post and he will begin his duties at City Hall on April 6.

Also on page one, was a look at the new Green Party candidate for the North Coast, 19 year old Lisa Girbav who will carry the Green Party flag into electoral battle, providing she can gain the required 100 names on her nomination form before the April 14th deadline.

Page two featured the regular city hall feature how the council voted, with all councillors and Mayor in agreement with all of the motions presented for review in the Wednesday edition of the paper.

The Sports department is ready to the drop the gloves over that recent bureaucratic ruling that turned the Rupert Seawolves Bantam A victory over to the team from Smithers. Columnist Patrick Witwicki probably ensures that he'll not likely be seeking work at the Northern Sentinel any time soon, as he outlined some examples of poor sportsmanship and questions the behaviour of some coaches out Kitimat.

The decision by the hockey powers that be to award the victory to Smithers, has left a rather sour taste in Rupert for this hockey season. The Wednesday sports section outlined the commnity concerns over that decision, as well as some other sporting examples that have raised some ire this year.

On the photo patrol for Wednesday, there was but only one politician featured as the profile picture of candidate to be Girbav was part of the page one story on her candidacy.

Interestingly enough it was a Greenish bookend to the paper on Wednesday, with the Green party article on the front page and a full page ad for the environmentally conscious healthyoceans holding down the fort on page 14.

Total pages in the Wednesday edition (14)

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