Well, it’s been two years…nearly. Yet it feels like ten years. Words from a ex-Prince Rupert tax-payer (residential & commercial) now living the life in Victoria I should have heeded:
“Don’t move back to Rupert…You’re making a big mistake.”
Almost half the professionals (non-Rupertities) I work with have left town in less than one year (nearly 20). More are looking for a way out. They aren’t being replaced.
Rupert municipal gov’t is…need I say more? I fear the truth might be confused with defamation and a libel suit. I’m still pissed by the missing $5 million. Any other city’s citizens would have shaken City Hall to the foundations. What’s $5 million Rupert dollars in Vancouver money?
The local paper is the most biased, cowardly, propaganda rag I’ve read. I’ll never forget the article about July 1st overpriced boiled hotdogs and Rupert being the best place on earth. If it wasn’t so tragic, it would be comedy.
Rupert has no infrastructure.
Local house prices and rents are totally inflated and out of sync with the north’s reality.
Our community celebrates the opening of another dollar store. What does this say about the economic condition of our people?
And the weather…regardless of the port’s success, the potash, Skeena re-opening, the salmon coming back with good prices, a new dollar store, or whatever…the weather here is frustrating, unhealthy, and extreme. It isn’t normal to get rained on everyday. The reason why Rupert will always be 2nd world is the weather. If the weather was better, people in Rupert wouldn’t have to hope. These grand dreams would be a reality. It’s always going to rain and rot here.
The only thing Rupert has going for it are the people.
Besides the people, there’s nothing keeping my family here.
People isn’t enough.
My child needs opportunity and the sun. So do I.
Come spring, we are leaving this “big mistake” for better climate, infrastructure, opportunity, lifestyle, culture, food, and so on…
Good-bye and farewell.