QC Council Briefs

QC council discussed a dual viewer at Spirit Square and a bid for a new washroom at Sandspit Airport

Double vision

All kinds of people could soon be seeing double in Spirit Square and Queen Charlotte council can’t wait.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th, Northern Savings Credit Union has offered to give the Village of Queen Charlotte two fixed binocular viewers to install in a public park.

Village staff suggested they go along the oceanside walkway between Spirit Square and the Visitor Information Centre — a spot with great views of Skidegate Inlet.

The village will now consult the Queen Charlotte Harbour Authority on the idea.

Alanah Mountifield, manager of Northern Savings’ Queen Charlotte branch, said her staff chose an attached pair of binocular viewers rather than one so friends and family can take in the view at the same time.

One of the binocular viewers is mounted on a post at adult standing height, while the second is at a lower height for children or people in wheelchairs.

Northern Savings hopes to have the viewers installed by October. Unlike many binocular viewers, they will be free to use, not coin-operated.

“No” answer

Transportation Minister Marc Garneau has turned down a request to build a washroom past the security screening area in Sandspit Airport.

In a letter addressed to Queen Charlotte Mayor Greg Martin, Minister Garneau said adding another washroom would be too costly, noting that signs already alert passengers to the fact there is no washroom past security.

Passengers are free to exit the security area and go through the checkpoint again, he added.

“While this may be an inconvenience, given the relatively small size of the airport and the amount of passengers at any given time, going through the security line is generally a quick process,” he wrote.

Mayor Martin was asked by fellow councillors to send a follow-up request, which he agreed to do, noting on the bright side that at least the Transportation Minister responded in less than two months.

“Minister Garneau is a very decisive minister, I would say,” he said.