Northern Linen and Uniform Supply Ltd. suffered their second devastating fire of the year, Nov. 2.
Damage from the blaze is estimated at over $1 million.
“The upper portion of the building and the offices to the ground floor are gutted,” Prince George deputy fire chief Dale Kronebusch said. “There is smoke and water damage to the rest of the building and some smoke and water damage to the adjacent buildings.”
Local MP Jay Hill said Prime Minister Paul Martin’s Liberal government needs to be held accountable for millions of taxpayer dollars which, through the Sponsorship Program, found their way illegally into Liberal riding associations in Quebec.
The City of Prince George and Ghiai Development corporation signed a letter of intent which would see the company buy a city parking lot on Second Avenue between Quebec and Dominion and develop it into a mixed retail and residential building.
The proposed project would feature 12 retail outlets including one large location for a supermarket or large store and an amphitheater entrance at ground level, and 65 student-oriented rental apartments above ground.
Construction of new maternity and pediatric facilities at Prince George Regional Hospital were underway, with work expected to be complete by December, 2006.
The $12 million project was jointly funded by the Fraser Fort George Regional Hospital District, Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation and Northern Health through capital funding by the provincial government.
“Their support is absolutely critical to the success of this,” Northern Health spokesman Mark Karjaluoto said. “This is a very significant development.”
City council candidates faced off, Nov. 16, at the last all-candidates forum prior to the municipal election on Nov. 19.
Attracting business development, improving the city’s downtown core, infrastructure investment, planning for the fallout of the mountain pine beetle, and tackling crime and social issues were the key discussion points.
Over 17,600 voters cast their ballots in the city to re-elect all six incumbent candidates for city council.
Canadians will elect a new federal government on Jan. 23, 2006.
The election was triggered by a simple non-confidence motion passed with 171 votes to 133 in the House of Commons, Nov. 28, with the support of all three opposition parties.
In accordance with long-standing tradition, Prime Minister Paul Martin went to Rideau Hall Nov. 29 and asked Governor General Michaelle Jean to dissolve Parliament.
“Today’s vote was about time,” Conservative Cariboo-Prince George MP Dick Harris said. “They needed to be put out of their misery. It was about time to put them down.”