Usually, when I’m doing the Wednesday newsletter, I write this section around 11am on Tuesday. I’ve been sick, though, so yesterday I tried to sleep in a bit. When I finally got to work, I became curious (as I often do), promptly fell into a massive pile of creditor protection documents, and spent a couple hours reading and writing. (And, it strikes me as I write this, not eating.) So, it’s 3:09pm on Tuesday, and having written a couple thousand words about those documents, I’m only now getting started on putting the newsletter together. (Grace is busy editing the story at the moment.) Which is why you’re getting an intro about today’s lack of a proper intro. News!
A stalking horse comes for Black Press
The future of dozens of community newspapers in the Fraser Valley, Washington State and Hawaii may be determined during an auction later this month.
Three weeks after Black Press filed for creditor protection and announced its sale to a US company and two investment houses, an auction process has begun to potentially sell the company again.
New documents published as part of the process also shed light on how the corporate owner of the Fraser Valley’s newspapers tried—and failed—to solve its financial plight before filing for creditor protection last month.
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A new roundabout and other road safety improvements are planned for the area surrounding Mission’s sports park. 📷 City of Mission
Mini roundabout coming to Mission neighbourhood
Roads in western Mission near the city’s busy sports park complex are slated for several upgrades, with a mini-roundabout coming for one intersection.
City staff wrote that residents of the area have been raising concerns about vehicle speeds and a lack of pedestrian infrastructure on Kenney and Israel Avenues and Oyama and Wren Streets. They say the issues will grow as the area develops.
On Monday, Mission council endorsed plans to build multi-use pathways on Wren Street and on Kenney Avenue. The first priority, though, will be the creation of a small roundabout at the intersection of Kenney and Oyama.
The work won’t come right away, though. The roundabout is set to be first up, but requires land to the north that will depend on development. Work on the path along Kenney could start as early as 2025. Staff say it’s a priority because of the key link it provides to the sports park.
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Giants vs. Wild: The Vancouver Giants host the Wenatchee Wild Feb. 10 at the Langley Events Centre. Tickets online.
Valentine’s skate: The Mission School District's Early Years Team is hosting a free Valentine’s-themed public skating event on Feb. 13 at the Mission Leisure Centre for families. Play games and activities and learn about programs available for little ones. Details online.
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