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Council opts to go with an airport taxi Cameron Orr Kitimat Council decided they want an airport transportation service, and even decided how to do it, but not before an intense debate over who should really benefit from the service. Council had determined at an earlier in-camera meeting to submit Request for Proposals for a passenger transportation provider to operate from Kitimat to the Northwest Regional Airport and they received two back for a shuttle bus style program. When it came back, administration had a couple of options; either go with a shuttle bus service or subsidize individual taxi rides through a local taxi operator. Taxi rides, ultimately, won the day. Even as discussion wrapped up, however, councillor Rob Goffinet still expressed his unhappiness regarding council’s decision to not support a shuttle for the general public — he did vote in favour of the taxi proposal in the end, but rather out of defeat than actual support. “I think we had a really good chance of getting seven to 10 people onto a bus every once in awhile,” said Goffinet as debate wrapped up. “I will not vote against it but this is expensive as well. They all are.” The costs council was looking at was up to $9,000 to subsidize taxi rides up to April 15 (that is the plan which passed) or up to $18,000 to subsidize 28 total trips to the airport on a seven-passenger vehicle. There were options for 47 trips, and options for a larger, 24-passenger bus, but those more expensive options weren’t discussed by council. The debate passed back and forth, with councillors defeating a motion to move on taxi service, but then later defeating a motion to accept a bus service as well, before returning to the cab proposal. Council even entertained the idea of not even voting on the option at all, and rather tabling it to a Committee of the Whole meeting. “It’s a good idea but I think we need some more investigation,” said Phil Germuth. Most of council, however, decided they didn’t want to delay instituting any transportation plans ahead of the Christmas season and that motion was defeated. When it came to discussing what plan they wanted, Mario Feldhoff remained firmly in the camp of taxis. “I believe the taxi saver approach will offer a similar service at a more reasonable cost,” he said. Continued on page 3
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Staff of SuperValu handle a huge line-up of people waiting to support the store’s produce supervisor, who was badly hurt in a Dec. 5 car accident about 20 km outside of Kitimat. The store quickly put together a barbecue fundraiser.
Samaritans come to the rescue Cameron Orr Good samaritans pulled the driver and passenger out of a flaming vehicle last week after a horrible head-on collision near Kitimat. On Dec. 5, Kitimat RCMP were called to an accident about 22 kilometres north of Kitimat on Highway 37S at around 6 p.m. A Toyota Tundra pick-up and a Mercury Cougar were involved in the incident, and witnesses say that the car burst into flames on impact, RCMP report. There were two people in the car and one in the pick-up, all residents of Kitimat. Everyone was taken to Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace, but the 24-yearold driver of the car was air lifted to Vancouver General Hospital where he has undergone surgeries to deal with severe burns. The 22-year-old passenger remained in Terrace in stable condition.
The 56-year-old driver of the Tundra was treated at hospital but released that same night, said Cst. Lesley Smith, North District Media Relations Officer. The RCMP are commending the efforts of those involved in pulling the two men to safety, and for the medical care provided on-scene by an off-duty nurse, also from Kitimat. West Pacific Region Traffic Services is currently investigating the crash, in cooperation with the Kitimat RCMP detachment. Road conditions at the time — compact snow, ice and slush — are considered factors in the incident. The highway was closed immediately after the incident for about three hours, and had opened to single-lane traffic by 8:45 p.m. Employees at Kitimat’s Super Valu grocery store were, on Friday, fundraising for the 24-year-old victim in the crash, who is an employee of the store.
As authorities have not released the name of the victim by press deadlines the Northern Sentinel will not publish the name either, but Super Valu management describes their co-worker fondly. “Everybody likes him here,” said manager Jonathan Stelmacker. “Fun, easy going guy. Always loves to laugh.” The fundraiser ran from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. By chance Stelmacker found himself stopped on the highway due to the crash, and saw the aftermath of the collision from his own vehicle, not knowing it was his friend and co-worker. “Once I found out about that my heart just sank,” he said, saying he saw a car fully engulfed in flames, and then saw the victim loaded into an ambulance. He and other friends are doing whatever else they can here in Kitimat, including watching over the person’s house while he’s being treated.
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Resident questions emergency preparedness imat should have a locally based seismographic reader to know about how strong the quake was locally. Other ideas included small patrols of people to visually assess damages and report to a disaster centre. “It is the time for serious action and commitment,” he said. “Let us be prepared on our own.” After his presentation to council, councillors moved to have staff return to him with answers for his concerns on these issues.
nami from Japan in 2011, he also had concerns over radiation and he believes tal local authorities should have a Geiger counter to measure possible radiation in the water. As well as radiation monitoring, he’d like to see information available to the public on measurements taken of radiation contamination in the air and water in the community, “regardless how significant or insignificant readings may be,” he said. Back to earthquakes, he believes Kit-
Leon Dumstrey-Soos had questions for Kitimat Council at a recent meeting regarding preparedness for emergencies following the Oct. 27 earthquake. His concerns were plenty, starting off with the lack of community sirens. Referencing past articles quoting the Fire Chief as saying that sirens might not be effective anymore with modern soundproof windows, Dumstrey-Soos thinks that’s way off base, saying he’s sure everyone will hear it. Following the earthquake and tsu-
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An arrest has been made in relation to this incident, RCMP say, and the alleged incident is believed to be a targeted shooting, as the victim and suspect know each other. Through a news release, the local police believe drugs are a factor, and so far they have no reason to believe this is at all
Kitimat RCMP believe drugs are a factor in an incident from Dec. 4 at 1:30 a.m. where a man was found shot in the head at a home on Stikine Street. The male was treated for minor injuries on the scene after police arrived to a home after receiving a report of a person being shot.
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Airport service Continued from page 1 Corinne Scott was also in favour, saying that the District would have to pay the full amount regardless if it was a bus service, instead of just paying per-ride. “That bus would be moving back and forth whether there were people in the bus or not,” she said. “We would be subsidizing that full amount.” Goffinet, though, couldn’t see eye-to-eye with the taxi supporters, and said he would rather have a program open to all. “I think the taxi option, of $30-$40 a head, restricted possibly to people only 60 years and older, goes against a possible attempt to get a public bus going to the airport,” he said. With a bus, he said, “It’s open to every person who wishes to use it in the community.” However over-use is something Feldhoff didn’t want to see happen. “I don’t want the taxi saver program to start being used too much. I want it to serve a need...” but he doesn’t want it to serve people outside their target audience of seniors and people with special needs. “I believe that most people other than seniors and persons with disabilities will be able to find ways to...get to the airport,” he added, suggesting family members or friends. Germuth said when the motion was first
brought forward that he didn’t like the way it was limited, saying there are seniors in town who are well off. “I have trouble with taking taxpayer’s money to subsidize some that are wealthy being able to get out there when they could find other ways to get out...and then have people who are less fortunate having to subsidize something like that.” The motion was then altered to also include people who are eligible for the District of Kitimat’s Leisure Access Program, a way for lowerincome people to use public facilities. Through further discussion council also approved a taxi fare of $30, or $20 if two or more eligible riders shared the cab. The program will run to April 15 and will cost council up to $9,000.
The plan at a glance The service will be available for people over 60, or who have a disability, or who would qualify for the District of Kitimat’s Leisure Access Program. The fares will be $30, or $20 if two or more eligible people share the cab. The program will cost the District up to $9,000 (possibly less, as it’s based on a perride subsidy), up to April 15.
resenting the Kitimat Heritage Group at the December 3 council meeting publicly thanks Allsop for his work on the walkway. “You have clearly demonstrated what a dedicated citizen can do,” she said. The Heritage Group has been petitioning council over the years to maintain the walkway system and greenbelt network. She said the group agrees about the Gander walkway’s unique curved form and thinks the sidewalk should be deemed as special heritage and sparred from decommissioning.
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Kitimat,” she added, noting she submitting a motion to Kitimat Council to look at waterfront access options. Murphy didn’t make any additional remarks when it came to the election for alternate, while Germuth did take the opportunity to make a few remarks. Germuth noted that he’s already served as the alternate to the alternate director and has attended a few meetings. “The MK Bay Marina concerns we have is paramount at this time,” he said. “I am asking for my fellow councillor’s support to keep the momentum going on the MK Bay Marina issue.”
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has been accomplished over the past year. “We have accomplished a lot of administrative things within the regional district and I would really appreciate having the opportunity to finish up the issues that we’re dealing with in regards to the MK Bay Marina,” she said. Murphy said any of Kitimat’s councillors would be an asset on the board, and that she’s interested in the regional district because of issues of land use, water systems, solid waste management, among other issues. “I’m heavily concerned about with the lack of marinas in
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Kitimat Council held its election for their appointee to the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine board, where Corinne Scott and Mary Murphy made their pitch for why they were best suited to the job. Corinne Scott would win that election, while Murphy would earn the alternate director title, in an election against Phil Germuth. Murphy had also nominated Mayor Joanne Monaghan for the position of alternate however Monaghan declined the nomination, saying there were already two good candidates in the running. Scott was nominated by Germuth, and she said that a lot
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it be a prudent thing to remove a perfectly good pathway, bar a few cracked pieces?” He said that 87 per cent of the walkway is in perfectly fine shape. New deputy CAO for the District, Warren Waycheshen, said that looking back at past direction regarding this walkway, he believes there is no current directive for staff to act on decommissioning it anymore, since council asked for the on-site visit in August. So then it would come down to council to provide more direction on this matter. Erika Prett, rep-
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Cameron Orr Don’t tear up Kitimat’s heritage. That’s the request from Kitimat resident John Allsop, the man whom some may remember as the person who personally cleared the neglected Gander Crescent walkway after he moved to town this past summer. (Sentinel, Sept. 5, 2012.) Allsop returned to Kitimat Council on Dec. 3 to continue to fight for the preservation on the walkway. Administration had marked the walkway for demolition but the plan was pushed back from it’s initial 2012 schedule, and now is in limbo while council decides if they want to keep it. Following his last appearance at council, councillors had voted for staff to take a closer look at the walkway, and an on-site meeting was conducted on August 23. In Allsop’s presentation he said that, from a historical point of view, the walkway which runs behind his home on Gander Crescent is unique because it’s the only completely curved walkway in town. He also spoke to the proposed budget of $70,000 which it would cost to remove the walkway if it was decommissioned. “In times of constraint in which we’re suffering...could all
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Airported I manage to board an airplane about twice a year — one of those times being the return flight. Sure, some people are afraid of flying, but I think it’s great. What an honour that this vessel has seemingly (I know not actually) defied the laws of physics to fly me somewhere. There is still a prestige to the whole thing, even if my seat sometimes smells like a foot. But as we all know, arriving to the airport can be a process in Kitimat. Over half an hour away, we have to drive ourselves and park our vehicle, or take Skeena transit, which only stops at the airport twice in a day, or take a cab. There’s no more privately operated public service to the airport. So Kitimat Council decided that they didn’t like that. And they sought proposals to help get one going again. They could have chosen to subsidize a seven-passenger shuttle bus, or subsidize individual taxi trips. They chose to go with the cabs, much to my own dismay. Given the lack of the service from the private sector, I would be entirely happy for the town to put taxpayer money into getting a shuttle going again. A shuttle, open to the entire public, to get to and from the airport on scheduled trips. It’s a service I’d probably use only once a year, but I would gladly support it with tax money if it meant my fellow Kitimatians had a reliable way to get to the airport as well. The cab service as proposed will be open for people over 60-years-old, people on disability or low-income people. Yes, I am equally happy for them to have extra support to get to the airport, but they’re not the only people who need to get to the airport. Families on trips, business travellers from out of town, the list goes on. With this cab service, those people still need to have a vehicle or find another route to get to their flights. Kitimat is, admit it, out of the way. It’s a reality that for whatever reason we need to get out and go to places airplanes will take us. A shuttle would be reliable, have the capacity to make large trips, and been a useful service for Kitimat’s busiest days in years. And as for the cost, well, council had in the past budgeted $70,000 to remove that Gander Crescent walkway, which so far hasn’t happened. Seems a no brainer that if they still have $70,000 kicking around doing nothing, might as well send that money to the airport. Cameron Orr
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Golf club a valuable asset to town As the community of Kitimat revels in its new unofficial status of “boom town,” the reality is that the boom is a limited one at this time, and one of our community anchors, our golf club, again needs a hand just to keep operating and they are back beby Allan Hewitson fore council, baring numbers and looking for some minimal help. The diminishing number of it’s a necessity that it operates within that taxpayers in town are questioning whether status but it’s truly more of a community it’s a good idea to keep “subsidizing” the attraction, a scenic icon, and a vital element operation of our golf course. Frankly, sub- that every town needs and must continue to sidization is a mean word and I have to support. think it’s still one of the best possible uses To tell the truth, I haven’t attended of a practical ongoing grant process. With many district council meeting recently and time, it may not need it, but right now... I don’t have access to channel 10 any more Believe me, if an extra $100k might so if it’s not covered on radio or in the mehelp solve the problems at Hirsch Creek dia I may not be as aware as I should be Golf Club it is a drop in the bucket for a about the details of what goes on around town which annually spends a great deal of town. It’s not lack of interest, it’s just old tax money on support for our animal shel- age and a more acute reliance on my home ter, saving Shames Mountain (more than PC, my e-mail friends and the Internet to 100 kilometers away), MK Bay Marina, keep up with life in town. our other big time sports and recreation faHowever, today I was reading part of cilities community-wide, (many the envy a series of articles in the New York Times of other northern towns) as well as play- about the efforts of recession-hit commugrounds, wading pools included, and pro- nities across the US which have spent big grams to help encourage both industry and bucks to “diversify” their economies only individual retirees to establish themselves to find they were literally enriching opporin our city. tunists as well as some of the biggest indusThis is not a big decision for council – tries in the world, which seem to bleed any but it is important for the community to try community they go near. to ensure that good-sense business strate(Diversify — there’s a word you algies are in place at all of the publicly sup- ways hear when people are attacking any ported “businesses” it helps fund. or all of the potential industrial or other job I call the club a “business” because creation opportunities for Kitimat over the
years.) However community councils have to be very careful when they are asked to help, support, subsidize important elements of a diverse community. Thank goodness our issues are this small, not like damage by Hurricane Sandy. I say we should be glad we’re only worried about the future survival of our golf club and, honestly, finding a solution to the financial woes of this unique and valuable facility should be a cakewalk, with the assistance of some of the financially astute in our town, all of whom are accessible to our council and the golf club organizers. Nobody says its easy, but its all doable. We need to look kindly and with appreciation on our public assets such as Kiwanis Village, the Hirsch Creek Golf Club, our Chamber of Commerce, our hospital, child care facilities and all of our entrepreneurial private businesses and our remaining hard-working and often hard pressed local industries. Not to mention our telethon, service clubs, our hockey, swim, skating, boxing, baseball and other volunteer-driven operations which create and sustain the livability that we all value so much. They are all vital, vital elements in our continuing struggle to survive and grow as a community while we progress slowly through the host of speed bumps and political twists and turns placed in front of the grander future growth and job-builder projects in energy and anything else. Continued on page 6
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Airport shuttle talk went The best things in in the wrong direction life truly are free Dear Sir, An open letter to Mayor and Council Re: Airport service I watched the Council meeting on December 3 and listened carefully to the motions and discussions regarding the airport transportation service and was very disappointed in some of our Council members – in fact I have lost the respect I had for them. Attitude is everything, and what came out of the mouths of some of our elected officials was anything but positive. I am over 60 so I “qualify” under what was decided; However, I disagree with the qualifications and the whole attitude that came about at that meeting. Some of the council members were being very disrespectful towards people in their comments about who should or who should not be able to take the airport transportation. It came across to me that “yes, we want the service” but “no, we don’t want it used too much as it will cost money”. To speak to the comment about using the Connector (which doesn’t work at all for catching some of the flights coming or going) as “most people only take one bag” – you can’t take luggage with you unless you can hold it on your lap. Whether one is going for “pleasure” or for “medical”, if one is going for at least a week, that “one bag” is most likely going to be too big to sit on one’s lap. Also, if one is taking the
Northern Health bus out on Saturday or returning on Sunday one cannot take the Connector – it doesn’t run on the weekend. The comment was made that it’s the seniors and persons with disabilities who “want this service”, this is not so – they are not the only ones who want this service. There are many others in this community who also want it, but I guess they haven’t got together in “group form” to say so. A comment was made that people who are “financially
READERS WRITE well-off” can find their own way to the airport – are people to be penalized because they have a few extra dollars; yet on the other hand people are being penalized because they are on EI or Social Assistance; there are many others who fall in between “financial” and “age” to meet the criteria for taking the airport transportation – how is this fair? It was also said “if you can afford to fly…” leaving the implication that if you could afford to fly you could afford to find your own way to the airport. However, many who fly are doing so on points (that have taken a long time to save up) or on a ticket that someone has graciously donated. And if you’re flying for medical reasons, guess what,
those reasons don’t care if you have money or not – you have to figure it out and adding the stress of getting to the airport doesn’t help. It was also said that if one was going for medical they could take the Northern Health Bus instead of flying; however, there are physical restrictions that must be met to take this bus, and if you are unable to meet them then you can’t take it. Also, there are times that an appointment date and time is such that taking the bus doesn’t work. As for the form of transportation – there are only so many cabs in town, so how much notice will you have to give them to book one for the airport, making sure you get there on time. What about getting back home from the airport – do you book in advance or call when you’re at the airport, and if you book in advance, what happens if the plane is late. It was also said that if two or more “qualified riders” were in the cab, the rate would be reduced. It was said that people could enquire if there were others going to the airport and therefore go together in the cab – good idea, but how do you go about finding out such information. It looks to me like Council voted for the project, but really hopes it doesn’t work, because then at the end of four/five months you can say “we tried, but the people didn’t use it, so it isn’t necessary”. Margaret Ferns
They said it on Facebook The Northern Sentinel posed a question to its readers on its Facebook page, asking what they thought of the District of Kitimat possibly giving $100,000 to the Hirsch Creek Golf and Winter Club, which is what they’re request to council is for the upcoming budget yet. Here is a selection of the responses: It is a club. And although I know nothing about it. why should it be subsidized? Should the members not cover the shortfall? - Shawn S Donnelly If the district is able to help Shames Mountain, why not something local?
- Ligia Cabral We can’t afford to lose everything in our beautiful town just because we aren’t willing to help out a bit. 10,000 people...$10 each...no biggie. - Ken Demiris I think the ‘donation’ should only be awarded if there is a sound, financial plan in place for the club. Makes no sense in re-visiting this same issue every year. - Lynda Rocha Where does it stop who will be next ? new managent is needed to find out why there headed south or shut it down. - Harley Bell I personally don’t think
it’s a good idea to start giving out hand outs to private enterprises. If it was district owned would be different. I just don’t see the value in giving money to a business that is losing money. - Kevin Frederick Martin I personally don’t agree with the TAXPAYERS of this town having to pay more taxes to cover any business that can’t get out of the red. - Michelle Neale An audit and a business plan would be good. Perhaps a marketing survey to find out what the town really wants from the golf course. - Alacrity Fitzhugh
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Romans 3:23-24: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ.” I remember the first time the phone rang and the person on the other end said we had been picked at random for a free trip. Wow, was I ever excited! But of course you probably know how that all ended. The trip wasn’t really free; they were just trying to get us to buy a timeshare, and so now when we get one of those calls I don’t get excited any more. And so we learn that nothing comes for free; you have to work for anything worthwhile. We then teach this principle to our kids. Let’s say junior wants to go out with his friends and at some point we say, “I’m not a bank. You’ll have to go out and make your own money.” So junior goes out and gets a paper route and learns a lesson that will govern the rest of his life, “If you want something you have to earn it.” No wonder people have such a hard time understanding God’s free gift of eternal salvation. “There has to be a catch.” Well, the good news is that there is no catch, no strings attached. In the verses above the Apostle Paul tells us plainly that we cannot earn our salvation through our good works because, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
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Pastor Clint Magnus But he doesn’t leave it at that; he goes on to tell us how we might be saved. Because Jesus lived a perfect life for us, and then gave His sinless life freely on the cross, we are now “Justified (saved) freely by God’s grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ.” That’s it, it’s not what you have to do to earn salvation, but simply receiving in faith what Christ has already done for you. And so, the next time you hear someone on the phone say that you’ve won a free cruise, go ahead and be skeptical. When you teach your children that they can’t expect things in this world without working for them, go ahead and do that too, because that is how the world works. But thanks be to God that His kingdom does not work that way. When it comes to your salvation you can expect a handout from those outstretched arms of Jesus on the cross. And you can expect that the best thing (eternal life in Heaven) is indeed free on account of Christ’s atoning death on the cross. It may not fit with our ingrained understanding of how things work, but it is true nonetheless. Amen.
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A toast to the Toastmasters on their 55th year Cameron Orr Seated around a conference table in Kitimat General Hospital’s multi-purpose room on a Thursday night, about a dozen people exchange conversation before the gavel is banged, bringing the meeting to order. There’s a variety of people; those in their “prime” years, all the way to their golden years. There are some professionals looking to get ahead in the world, and there’s even someone from overseas, tackling the challenge of improving their verbal English skills. And so begins the meeting of the Nechako Toastmasters. Toastmasters is one of the staple groups of the community. The Nechako chapter is celebrating 2012 as their 55th year of molding better speakers and leaders. Their president, Reg Barnes, is a new recruit. Wrapping up his first year, he became a member after reading about the group last year in the pages of the Sentinel. Today he’s one of their best spokespersons. “There are no good leaders that haven’t got communication skills,” said Barnes. Barnes has already completed on track of the Toastmastes curriculum, that of the Competent Communicator. That means he’s already done 10 speeches over the past year. Toastmasters, as a group of people, are relatively laid back easy going. They, in short, value having a good time while they learn new skills. “You learn by doing in this program,” said Barnes. “It gives you a format to what you may not have given a format to before.” One of their current long-time members is
tice your speaking,” she said. Toastmasters was not immune to changes in the community and did see membership drop when some industries in Kitimat close down, but Anacleto sees membership on an upswing again. “I really see it picking up again,” she said, adding she’s seen the club have as many as 20 people. In addition to the Competent Communicator curriculum, Toastmasters also has a Competent Leadership program, where people can learn to be leaders through skills such as evaluation. Evaluators can critique, in a positive way of course, the speeches members make to the group.
President Reg Barnes brings a Nechako Toastmasters meeting to order. Cameron Orr photo Christine Anacleto, who has been a Toastmaster for nine years. She’s aware many people are “afraid to go to Toastmasters,” primarily due to the stress of speaking in front of people. It’s an activity that rarely tops people’s must-do lists. But Toastmasters is about breaking free of that fear. “It provides you a safe environment to prac-
Spill response plan Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been talking about the precautions, the safety measures, and the selection criteria involved in the marine elements of the Gateway project — all of them intended to prevent an oil spill on water. I’ve also mentioned, in recent weeks, how Gateway’s marine safety program was examined by an independent risk-assessment group, which determined that the chances of a major spill are once in more than 15,000 years. Although statistics and reports suggest a marine oil spill is unlikely, you want to know — what if one does occur? How will Gateway be prepared? While the chances are slim, we continue to develop a world-class marine response program.
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The Northern Gateway Project includes a spill response capacity that’s more than three times the Canadian regulation. And while the Canadian requirement for oil spill response is 72 hours plus travel time, our response time will be a fraction of that number — 6 to 12 hours in the marine channels. This is a significant increase to the response capability available to B.C.’s north coast. Additionally, for immediate response, our tug escorts will be
equipped with booms, oil skimmers, and firefighting equipment to provide enhanced initial containment, and they will be available to all marine traffic in the event of an incident. We will store equipment, such as containment and absorbent booms, skimmers, and waste storage, in multiple well-maintained, readily accessible response bases, providing a wider area of coverage in a shorter amount of time. Barges will also be located throughout the marine channels for additional storage and equipment mobilization. We are committed to having staff, contractors, and partners in place to maintain that enhanced state of readiness. The Gateway project will likely never see a major marine oil spill. But if it does, we’ll be prepared to protect our coastline.
Janet Holder Executive Vice President Western Access Enbridge Inc.
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Continued from page 4 It’s maybe time to stop some of the bleating and bitching about every question and request before council and let them do the job we elected them to do. I’ve no problem with them debating in detail and requiring some assurances that public money is put to good use. Meanwhile, we’ll all take our political positions about environmental safety and needs and
Those interested in joining the group are welcome to drop by the multi-purpose room at the hospital on every first and third Thursday of the month, at 7:15 p.m. The group gives an allowance of three free attendances before you need to become a member. But even then, it’s not just a group for members. Anacleto said that people preparing for a speech of presentation can come to a meeting and present it to the group for guidance on how to improve. “We feel very relaxed at toastmasters,” she added, saying a lot of people say after joining that they didn’t expect the group to be so fun.
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Luella Froess My how time is flying and the countdown is on for delivering Christmas Hampers to those in need in our community and Kitamaat Village. By the time you read this article all hamper requests should have been received by the Food Bank so we can begin processing them. Deliveries will be made this Saturday, December 15, beginning at 10:00 a.m. until all are delivered. Remember that an adult or responsible teen must be at home to sign for the hamper or it will not be left and will then have to be picked up the following week at the Food Bank on Tuesday or Thursday. On December 8, Gareen Ball and her “Christmas elves” were hosting her annual Santa’s Workshop in the lower City Centre Mall outside Sight & Sound. Staff at Thomas Cook Wings Travel will also accept cheques made out to the Christmas Hamper Appeal. A very important item of note is to fill out an
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12 Northern Sentinel, Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Demons fall to Rampage Submitted The Kitimat Ice Demons buckled under a fierce first period forecheck by the Prince Rupert Rampage, looking for its first home ice win of the season on Dec 1. With an 18 goal weekend just behind them, but missing their leading scorer, top d-man and inspirational leader, Jeff Mildenberger, the Ice Demons out-shot the Rampage 30-24 in the game, but at times looked unfocussed. The Rampage started quickly and got a fast goal at 1.38 of the first, as Kory Movald and Gavin Harburn combined some
nice passing that resulted ina Jared Meers tap in behind Tyson Craven and the crowd was back behind the team. Terry Whelan showed that he was rounding back into form as he finished off a power play press with a goal (Jeff Baker, Brandon Wakita). It was his ninth goal of the season as he moved into 12th spot in scoring in the league, tied with Ian Coleman, Brandon Wakita and former Demon Wade Balbirnie, now in Lac La Hache. But that was the only goal that the Ice Demons would get behind former Hazelton goaltender, Keano Wilson, while Craven was beaten twice more in
the period by Juston Fontaine and Josh Kierce on a shorthanded breakaway. The Rampage added an unanswered power-play goal in the second period, by Kory Movald (Kierce and Fournier) and the home team ran the score up to 6-1 with two in the third by Jared Meers (Kory Movald) and a third power play goal by the same line, scored by Kierce (Meers, Movald) with five minutes left to cement the win. This last goal was scored on backup goaltender Dan Pellan, who replaced Craven after five goals with 11 minutes left in the third.
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Women’s Day At Hudson Bay Mountain The Prince Rupert Rampage dropped the Kitimat Ice Demons 6-1 on Dec. 1 in Prince Rupert. Shaun Thomas photo
Give the Gift of Hudson Bay Mountain • Gift Cards • • Powder Punch Cards • Kitimat skaters practice their routine for tonight’s Christmas Skating Gala at Tamitik Arena.
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Skate club keeps busy Cameron Orr The Snow Valley Skating Club hosted 67 skaters in town recently at a special seminar. On Nov. 24 and 25 the skating region’s director of high performance skating, Steve Muff, came to town to give a boost to the local skaters and coaches. “He came up and worked with us from eight in the morning to 10 o’clock at night on Saturday,” said head coach Cynthia Medeiros. Muff was in Terrace last year for a similar seminar. Skaters came from all over to hear what Muf had to say. They came from Terrace, Hazelton and Prince Rupert. The skate zone which Muff represents goes from Kitimat to Williams Lake, and Prince George north to Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. Medeiros said skaters learned a few techniques, such as edging and stroking, as well as some on-ice and off-ice jump classes. On the Sunday he worked with skaters to improve their performances. “It was deﬁnitely a big success for us,” she said. “We get a lot of knowledge of him.” Today the Snow Valley Skating Club is holding their Christmas Skating Ice Gala at the Tamitik Arena. From 5 to 5:30 p.m. is a family skate,
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