Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Podunk Below the Masthead, Monday, April 20, 2009

A good read from PRSS, a few words of information for the public from local paramedics and some background on the proposed budget make for the highlighted items of the news in Monday's paper.

PRINCE RUPERT SECONDARY STUDENTS BRING LITTLE BEAR TO LIFE-- Monday's headline, front page story provided some background on a project being put together by Prince Rupert Secondary School students, a children's book that will bring the Khutzymateen to life for children everywhere.

The project which has been organized by Tasha Parker, will be showcased in three languages, English, French and Sm'algyax. Readers will follow the adventures of a little Bear in the Khutzymateen.

The finished product comes with or without an accompanying CD, copies are available at PRSS with the book alone selling for 15 dollars, while the CD version sells for 20 dollars.

Elsewhere in Monday's paper, local paramedics took their fight with the provincial government to the streets on Saturday. Describing their stroll as an informational session, their wandering ways took them down third avenue which took them past the campaign office of Herb Pond.

Some local Liberals seemed to take offence at their arrival at the local office of their candidate, but one wonders if they realize that he would be fair game for any political questions on the issue of contract negotiations. If the candidate is going to run for the party of the current government, then he most likely should be able to offer up his opinion on the state of negotiations and how he feels about the paramedics side of the debate.

Page three of Monday's paper finally caught up to the information flow of last weeks information session at city hall about potential budget decisions. While the Northern View posted their items to their website following the Thursday meeting at City Hall, the Daily News coverage of that session didn't make it to press until Monday.
In their review of the meeting, they outlined many of the same observations that the Northern View detailed, including the prospect of a potential 3.8 per cent increase on taxes this year, in addition to some cutbacks to a number of services, but with no layoffs anticipated due to the financial decisions to be made by May 15th.

On the sports pages Soccer ruled the pages, with a review of the weekend soccer tournament at Charles Hays.

Total pages in the Monday edition (12)

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