Port Alice Mayor unhappy with government response

Port Alice Mayor "a bit offended" by Ministry of Transportation letter.

Port Alice doesnt rate inclusion on highway road signs. That, in a nutshell, is the message that was delivered to the Village of Port Alice by the Transportation and Infrastructure Ministry – Vancouver Island District.

At the Village of Port Alice Council Meeting on Wednesday, June 8, correspondence from Tallina McRae, district operations technician & area manager, roads, was received and discussed.

The letter was in regards to the Village’s previous request to add Port Alice to the guide signs on Highway 19 from Campbell River up to Port Hardy.

McRae states in her letter that she appreciates “your wish to diversify the economy of the Village of Port Alice and am sorry to hear about the downturn due to the closure of the Neucel Specialty Pulp Mill,” and that she has “reviewed the request against our guide sign policy.”

According to McRae, the policy states that “only warranted destinations be placed on the Destination Distance,” and that “only the next destination and a major or control city are to be placed on the sign. Unfortunately, Port Alice is not on the reference map of controlled or major destinations,” adding that signs should “not be used to satisfy political desires or provide ‘advertising’ for communities.”

“I’m a bit offended by the letter,” said Port Alice Mayor Jan Allen. “What makes a place ‘warranted’ and what doesn’t?”

Allen added that she will be writing another letter to McRae and will also be making an appointment to discuss the issue with the Ministry.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

MP asks Minister of Transport for review of safe crew levels on new ferries

The new ferries were approved to run with smaller crew sizes, raising safety concerns

$8,179,919 in grant funding announced for North Island communities

This local funding is part of over $228 million in grants going to B.C. communities.

Port Hardy earns Bear Smart certification

Community committed to living safely alongside bears

Funding police would be ‘most expensive single budget item we would have’ says Port Hardy councillor

‘we’re not panicking — I can’t see our population numbers jumping up that high that quick’

Small physically distant running event with big heart held in Port Hardy

Indigenous Run/Walk program went ahead this year, with some downsizing due to COVID-19

13 new B.C. COVID-19 cases, Langley Lodge outbreak ends

Health care outbreaks down to four, 162 cases active

Two injured hikers airlifted from North Vancouver Island Park

Campbell River and Comox Search and Rescue hoist team rescued the injured from Cape Scott Provincial Park

Alberta health minister orders review into response after noose found in hospital in 2016

A piece of rope tied into a noose was found taped to the door of an operating room at the Grande Prairie Hospital in 2016

B.C.’s major rivers surge, sparking flood warnings

A persistent low pressure system over Alberta has led to several days of heavy rain

B.C.’s Indigenous rights law faces 2020 implementation deadline

Pipeline projects carry on as B.C. works on UN goals

‘Mind boggling’: B.C. man $1 million richer after winning Lotto 6/49 a second time

David O’Brien hopes to use his winnings to travel and of course keep playing the lottery

B.C. teacher loses licence after sexual relationships with two recently-graduated students

The teacher won’t be allowed to apply for a teaching certificate until 2035

Lower Mainland teacher facing child pornography charges

Elazar Reshef, 52, has worked in the Delta School District

Most Read