‘Portbucks’ program questioned

  • Feb. 24, 2012 5:00 p.m.

A Port Clements resident is raising questions about the village’s popular “Portbucks” program. The program distributes a $25 gift certificate to every household in the village just before Christmas. The certificates can be spent at local businesses or put towards residents’ utility bills. Residents can also donate their certificates to needy families or groups like the SPCA. The money comes from the village’s Gwaii Trust Christmas grant. But Travis O’Brien told council Monday (Feb. 20) that it might be time to take a second look at the program, given that almost the only business left in Port where people can spend their certificates is Bayview Market. He asked how much the program cost to administer and what other ways there might be to spend the money. “I would like to see something with more of a broad-stroke social benefit,” he said. Mayor Wally Cheer said the village has considered several ways of spending the annual $10,000 Gwaii Trust Christmas allocation. Some of the money goes to Tlell and some goes to the seniors. Using a portion to distribute a gift certificate to every household seems like a fair way to make sure everyone benefits, he said. “It’s a lot more flexible than any system we’ve thought of,” he said. Administrator Kim Mushynsky told Mr. O’Brien that if he has other ideas, he should bring them to council because there is lots of time to consider them before Christmas comes around again.

Just Posted

Prince Rupert’s ferry issue is a North Coast issue, MLA Rice

Prince Rupert not alone in fight to save ferry to Ketchikan: Alaskan Rep. Ortiz

Brand new vessel for Massett Marine Rescue

The Tagwaal was unveiled to the public Sept. 6

First Nations given max compensation for Ottawa’s child-welfare discrimination

2016 ruling said feds didn’t give same funding for on-reserve kids as was given to off-reserve kids

Council Briefs: Village of Queen Charlotte

Child care and clean-ups on the agenda

Power restored to 120,000 customers after northern B.C. transmission failure

Lightning is suspected to be the cause of the outage, says BC Hydro

On the Wing: Small Yellow Flying Things

by Margo Hearne Distance doesn’t seem to deter migrating birds; they travel… Continue reading

Canucks sign Brock Boeser to three-year, US$17.6-million deal

Young sniper will be in Vancouver Tuesday

B.C. forest industry looks to a high-technology future

Restructuring similar to Europe 15 years ago, executive says

RCMP conclude investigation into 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire

Files have been turned over to BC Prosecution Service

B.C. wants to be part of global resolution in opioid company bankruptcy claim

Government says settlement must include Canadian claims for devastation created by overdose crisis

B.C. ends ‘birth alerts’ in child welfare cases

‘Social service workers will no longer share information about expectant parents without consent’

U.S. student, killed in Bamfield bus crash, remembered as ‘kind, intelligent, talented’

John Geerdes, 18, was one of two UVic students killed in the crash on Friday night

Free Tesla 3 offered with purchase of Surrey townhome

Century Group’s offer for Viridian development runs through Oct. 31

B.C. communities urged to improve access for disabled people

One in four B.C. residents has disability, most want to work

Most Read