Prince Rupert rants and raves


He had been walking up and down the street for more than three hours collecting bottles for a music studio. He made about $6, he figured.

Earlier that week, a well-meaning lady looked at me like I’d lost my ever-loving mind when I suggested that her group, who was looking to raise money, do some work instead of a donation.

For years, mothers and fathers would rather have just cut a cheque instead of helping little Billy or Betty sell raffle tickets, cookies or whatever fundraising idea had been cooked up.

Inevitably, it was Ma or Pa Rupert, who paid for the hamburger for the chili or flour for the cookies for the bake sale. Inevitably, when the deadline came for the raffle tickets, Ma or Pa Rupert dug into their pocket to pay for the final five or six tickets little Billy had been unable or too distracted to sell.

And inevitably, it was Ma or Pa Rupert who toiled after a long day at work when little Billy or Betty was sleeping to do the work cooking, baking, building, cleaning up or driving. But there is a simpler and more lucrative way for charity groups to raise funds.

Whether it is a Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, band members, hockey teams, church groups, they can all do it without Ma and Pa having to do all the work... or spend or collect the money.

The Prince Rupert Northern View is currently accepting applications from charity or service groups to deliver the paper. The money is guaranteed, the experience of a little actual work is beneficial for the kids and moreover, the fundraiser is quick, painless and, for Ma and Pa Rupert, no hassles.


No sooner than the Prince Rupert Northern View hit the street last Wednesday, a few landlords decided an employed, responsible tenant with a dog may not be a bad thing. In response to my column last week, no less than six landlords called me up to offer their homes for rent. One other said he would be happy to evict his current tenants — if he could meet my dog first. Looks like I won’t be homeless after all.

Interestingly also this week, the Northern View’s Shaun Thomas took a look at the other side of the story. Thomas writes in this issue of a Pillsbury Ave. landlord’s plight after tenants trashed her rental home. Just like the great doggie doo doo debate... It’s not the pet, it’s the owner.

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