QC mayor takes funeral fight to Victoria’s door

  • Mar. 3, 2015 5:00 a.m.

By Shaun ThomasPrince RupertQueen Charlotte Mayor Greg Martin is taking the fight to keep funeral services in the community straight to the Legislature in Victoria.During a trip to Prince Rupert for the Feb. 20 meeting of the Skeena – Queen Charlotte Regional District, Martin made overturning the recent cease-and-desist order handed to George Westwood by Consumer Protection B.C. a top priority.”I spent just over an hour with MLA Jennifer Rice today and she said Charlotte was the only community that got turned in, even though this is a common problem. We’re trying to kick this upstairs and so I sent a letter to Minister Coralee Oakes and also to Jen, who was very helpful,” he told directors at the meeting, accusing Consumer Protection B.C. of “targeting” Westwood.”Jen was puzzled. Just last week during budget discussions this government said they were going to help out real folks with getting the red tape out of their lives and cutting the red tape out. It seems they’re cutting the red tape, but it’s lengthwise and we’re choking on it. What do they expect us to do?”As well as meeting with the MLA, Martin made a trip to the funeral home in Prince Rupert where he was told the business would not travel to Queen Charlotte and that the cost of a basic funeral would be $7,000 plus another $2,300 for a plot in Fairview Cemetery.”There is some uncertainty in the community and a lot of nervousness right now. We now have people saying, ‘well I guess I just better not die then’. It’s a very serious situation,” he said, finding support for his plight from regional district chair Barry Pages of Masset.”What do they expect us to do on the island?” questioned Pages.

Just Posted

Haida Gwaii gets top spot in The World

It was already a nice Christmas present, but Keith Moore was really… Continue reading

McNeill fined again for illegal fishing

A local man with a long history of poaching has been convicted… Continue reading

Painting her way home

Janine Gibbons talks about all she learned illustrating Haida and Tlingit story books

Old Massett taps grassroots for community plan

Over coffee, kitchen tables, and community dinners, Old Massett is taking a… Continue reading

Subsea internet cable to link up Haida Gwaii

Cable to connect Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast with mainland network

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Workers shouldn’t be used as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fight: Wynne

Comments from Kathleen Wynne after demonstrators rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Canada

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Most Read