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Cold weather response set Cameron Orr Donations are welcome for Kitimat’s Emergency Cold Weather Shelter which is planned to go into operation soon, but the District of Kitimat doesn’t know quite yet what they’ll need. Boxes recently arrived at the Public Safety Building on Haisla Boulevard — where the fire hall is — and, contained in those packages from BC Housing were temporary beds, blankets and pillows. The idea is to provide a place for people without a home to go when weather dips into the sub-zero range, and after a technical issue with a prior plan to use an ATCO trailer, the former council chambers came up as a suitable alternative. If people have questions about making donations they can contact the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Warren Waycheshen at the District of Kitimat. Mayor Joanne Monaghan had sought for an ATCO trailer to be set up in the downtown area near the Northwest Community College however the unit they secured turned out not to meet building codes for Kitimat’s snow loads. Meanwhile the shelter at the Public Safety Building isn’t officially quite ready to be opened but Monaghan said she wouldn’t allow anyone to be without shelter with this week’s cold winds. “I would absolutely not allow anyone in my community to sleep out in cold weather with the wind chill the way it is now,” she said. Pets will also be taken care of and Monaghan said she has the assurances from the humane society’s manager that dogs with people using the shelter will get flea baths and flea collars. The old council chambers is considered for the main room to house people for the nights, but the Public Safety Building does have old police cells from when it was also the town’s police station and those rooms can be retrofitted to house people as well. The Deputy Fire Chief Peter Bizarro said that he’s happy to have the space used for the emergency shelter, living up to the facility’s name as a “public safety” building. He doesn’t expect the demand for the shelter to be very high this winter, however, as he said through the fire department’s work they haven’t seen many people on the streets without a place to go. Monaghan said that there were indications over the summer that there would be a demand for this facility. “There was a huge demand apparently in the summer when they [Kitimat Housing Committee] did the study,” she said. Continued on page 2

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The Kitimat Dynamics Gymnastics Club helped their annual Christmas Display, along with their winter registration, at the Riverlodge on December 1. Shown here are some young gymnasts showing their practiced routine to a packed gymnasium.

KUTE gets their rent boost Cameron Orr Kitimat Understanding the Environment (KUTE) has received their rent supplement from the District of Kitimat. KUTE President Barb Hall had asked council at an earlier meeting for money to match the increased rent, when they would have to renew their lease with the building owner of their recycling depot. Council asked District staff for a report following the presentation and the recommendation which came back was for council to approve the increase, which means $2,251.20 more a month. “I think our staff is still looking at options in the longer term but this allows for KUTE operations to continue at its present location for a two year period, and if we find something better...we’ll entertain that in future discussions,” said Mario Feldhoff right before the decision. Hall issued a statement following the decision by council, saying that they are thankful that the funding had been approved to cover their new rent. “KUTE has been at our current location since May 1994 and has enjoyed a

good relationship with the landlord,” she said. “They have been very generous to us by keeping the rent down for many years.” She said they understand that costs have risen, “and the reality of supply and demand for space in Kitimat.” She confirmed that they and the District of Kitimat have looked for other locations but have come up empty. Doug Hughan, a KUTE board member, explained that previous ideas such as moving the depot to the landfill isn’t ideal given the services they need for a workplace but suggested places like Forest Avenue, another of council’s thoughts, could be better. Even so, the current depot is well suited to their needs, he said. Staff’s report to council also included a review of considerations of Kitimat’s former animal shelter location, on Enterprise Avenue, as a possible new recycling location, but it was found that location would be entirely too small. The size is 40 per cent of the current KUTE depot, and only has a single ga-

rage area, with no capacity for efficient loading by forklift, the report continued. KUTE’s new lease term is for twoyears, and staff’s report said that time will give them options to explore whether they could eventually somehow teamup with a potential Multi-Material BC depot once that program gets underway. The MMBC program is a provincewide recycling program that aims to bring curbside recycling to communities across the province, including Kitimat. MMBC offered municipalities the option of being the provider of recycling pick-up and while many communities have signed on, Kitimat did not due to the concerns about post-collection placement of the materials and lingering questions about how much the program would actually cost. With the District saying no, the collection program will eventually go to bid for a private contractor. Hughan said MMBC could potentially move into the old animal shelter since their materials will be lighter than what KUTE handles.

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Cold weather Continued from page 1 We asked the local RCMP their thoughts and Cpl. Chris Manseau said they don’t typically see people without a place to stay. If people are without a home they usually have a place they can stay for the night, such as a friend’s home. They also rarely see people sleeping in covered areas, such as doorways to apartments. If people are in need of a nightly cold weather shelter, or if you see a person who would need it, they are encouraged to call the RCMP

(250-632-7111) or the fire department (250632-8940) to let them know. BC Housing provided $15,000 for the cold weather project, money which is being overseen by the District of Kitimat. Meanwhile the Housing Committee is seeking council’s support to finalize the Kitimat Cold Weather Response Plan. The plan was submitted to councillors at their December 2 meeting, and council moved to receive the report and to have staff move quickly to recommend the next steps to have it in place.

The plan includes the procedure for activating and de-activating the shelter. The plan also includes a job description for a shelter worker who would work in the shelter while activated, and would support the Kitimat Housing Resource Worker when the shelter is not in use. Meanwhile Monaghan said that she’s expecting as-yet un-named proposals for affordable housing projects in Kitimat to get established sometime next spring. Such projects would have to go through the town’s

zoning procedures, she noted. Affordable housing continues to be-

come more crucial to the community, as there are reports that people who live in the

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Police follow-up on 9-1-1 hang up November 25 Police could not locate the suspect vehicle in a call about erratic driving on Lahakas Boulevard, between SuperValu and the hospital. There were no plates or driver description provided. Police did track down a

apartments on Kuldo Boulevard are being evicted due to renovations. The Sentinel called the number associated with the local site office for Kiticorp, a property manage-

Police Beat abandoned 9-1-1 call, but no emergency was determined, just the result of an argument between two people. Victim

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A search and rescue operation on the Douglas Channel ended on a happy note when a missing boater was found. At around 4 p.m. on December 5 the Steel Eagle, a 28-foot vessel, was reported to Kitimat Marine Rescue with engine failure before radio contact was lost. There was a single person on the vessel, a 69-year-old. The search went through the night and morning, but just before noon the Victoria Rescue Coordination Centre’s Doug Murdoch reported that the person was found and in good health. It’s a pleasant outcome considering the outflow winds and relatively rough seas reported at the time. The 69-year-old was brought to Kitimat and was given a medical assessment.

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Comments from Rio Tinto Alcan CEO Jacynthe Côté confirms the completion of the Kitimat Modernization Project, while at the same time saying that capital spending will be rolled-back company wide on other projects. Côté made the comments during an investment seminar in Australia. The remarks were picked up by numerous media outlets following. The modernization is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

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Cameron Orr The district coordinator for the Sensible BC campaign to spark a referendum on decriminalizing marijuana possession is confident this riding made the 10 per cent threshhold for the petition. That’s a victory despite worry ahead of the December 9 deadline for the petition that on a provincial level there weren’t enough signatures to meet Elections BC requirements. Zachary Canuel stopped in to Kitimat on December 4, and spoke to the Sentinel on his way to Rio Tinto Alcan’s union hall. The Unifor 2301 union passed a motion on November 14, which supported the petition initiative. In the motion, available on the union’s website, they emphasize it’s not about drug use, but allowing the democratic process. “It is important to note that Unifor Local 2031 does not condone illegal drug use,” a message from the union stated, which was attached to the motion that the union publicly support Sensible BC’s initiative. “What the union is supporting with this motion is the right of the people of B.C. to hold a referendum on this social issue, and to determine the outcome democratically with a vote,”

the message continued. We didn’t receive a call back from the union for further comment. Meanwhile, Canuel is overall pleased with the support in the Skeena riding for the petition, which has been at times a tough go, with only about 10 canvassers actually turning out to volunteer out of 40 which signed up ahead of the start of the petition time line. Of course there is always the image of the pothead that canvassers like Canuel try to overcome when gathering support. “A lot of people think we’re just trying to get high,” he said. “But it’s really more about their tax dollars, spending everything effectively, and criminalizing cannabis and incarcerating people isn’t effective.” He said he has heard a few people remark that they’d “stop making money” if the petition was successful. It should be emphasized though that the petition doesn’t legalize marijuana, just decriminalizes possession. So effectively, possessing marijuana wouldn’t be cause to be arrested or searched. Canuel said Kitimat had been a top supporter as far as communities go for the petition. “I felt like downtown Terrace wasn’t neces-

Ottawa vows world-class safety Tom Fletcher Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver assured a Vancouver business audience last Wednesday that the federal government is committed to “world class” oil spill prevention and response on the B.C. coast. In a speech to the Vancouver Board of Trade, Oliver stopped short of specifically endorsing the 45 recommendations in a new survey of marine and land oil transport safety, but repeated a vow from last summer to make “polluter pays” the law for pipelines in Canada. “There has never been a serious tanker accident on the West Coast,” Oliver said. “Nevertheless, we are

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public hearing December 16 planning fees amendment What: A public hearing will be held on Monday, December 16 at 7:30pm at Council Chambers, 606 Mountainview Square to consider the ‘Planning Fee Amendment Bylaw No. 1835, 2013’. What is it? The proposed bylaw changes fees for a variety of planning applications. What changes? The proposed fees for applications have been set to reflect the baseline costs incurred by the District. Kitimat’s existing planning fees were last updated in 1990: costs have increased since that time. A complete list of the proposed fees is available at www.kitimat.ca. When can i speak? If you have thoughts on this issue, you may provide written comment to Mayor and Council c/o 270 City Centre, V8C 2H7; fax 250-632-4995; or e-mail to dok@kitimat.ca. To be included in the report to Mayor and Council written comment must be received by 8:30 am thursday, December 12, 2013. Written comment received up to 4:30 pm Monday, December 16 will be read before Council at the Public Hearing. You may also speak in person, or deliver written comment, to the Council Meeting on monday, December 16 at 7:30 pm, 606 mountainview square.

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sarily as supportive as Kitimat. Kitimat definitely seems more in favour, as well as the outlying areas around Terrace,” he said. Meanwhile news reports show Dana Larsen, who has headed up the Sensible BC campaign, isn’t going to give up even if the petition doesn’t succeed. “Whether or not we get all the signatures we need, this campaign will absolutely continue,” Larsen said, adding the “army” of supporters will push towards marijuana legalization on multiple fronts.

You are welcome to join us at our open house in Terrace. Co-hosting with Skeena MLA Robin Austin Monday, Dec 16, 4-7pm Terrace Constituency Office Suite 104, 4710 Lazelle Avenue, 250-615-5339 info@nathancullen.com www.nathancullen.com

neeD more info? The bylaw, Council resolution, staff report and other background material are available for review at www.kitimat.ca and at Municipal Hall, 270 City Centre. Office hours are 8:30 am to noon and 1:00 to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Who can i speak to? Daniel Martin at 250-632-8910 or dmartin@kitimat.ca.


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A different perspective One of the biggest challenges in today’s housing situation in Kitimat is to think of ways forward and not to sling stones. It’s something I see frequently in discussion about today’s housing market: it’s a direct result of ‘greed’, the same driving force behind everything that may ill our region from pipelines to marine traffic. Landlords are being greedy, people say, and its hurting low income and vulnerable people in town. That second part I don’t dispute. I’ll be speaking with a resident of a Kuldo apartment building who, like others, has received an eviction notice because of plans to renovate the building he lives in, one of the few ways a landlord can evict someone from a building. There’s no justice in having to move in a market where availability is so low. But I’d argue it’s not greed. People who own apartment buildings typically don’t do so out of a philanthropic spirit, it’s a business. But definitely there’s a crossover to be had between business and human welfare. The trouble really is that Kitimat has had to expand so quickly there’s little give in the vacancy. Those who own rental units are adapting to a new market. Kitimat benefitted so long from such affordable rates — rates which I enjoyed when I first lived here — but that was a factor of low demand and a harder economy. If we as a community had more time to anticipate these changes we may have been quicker to get new projects, new housing units, units designed for lower income families. Projects are coming now, however. It’s not an overnight process, but we’re inching closer to the housing stock we need for balance. And the cold weather shelter should be an effective stop-gap effort for those who need it over the next few months. But as for our collective problem, we can’t simply blame greed. It’s not greed, it’s really a bigger issue. Too many people, too little places, all happening too soon. It’s similar to why I was paying far more in rent when I lived in Smithers than when I did in Kitimat. Vacancy in Smithers, at the time at least, was very, very low. If there were rooms galore, I bet I would have had a deal. But no one cried ‘greed’ in Smithers. Cameron Orr

New restaurant a reminder of olden days I was intrigued to take part in the very interesting three-day live staff/ customer training process employed by Kitimat’s newest restaurant, Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse Casual before it’s public opening day last Thursday. Like most of us I watched with interest as the property developed from an empty “for rent” former ladies gym and the homey out-of-business Fork and Spoon Restaurant, transforming itself from an empty ‘70s building to a modern, stylish and attractive looking and very welcome addition to Kitimat’s limited food service industry. Training an essentially new staff of approximately 70 (mostly) young people, to be prepared in a very short time for a smooth, seamless transition from a chaotic construction site to a modern franchise restaurant which many of us have frequently visited elsewhere - thus inviting comparison - is a real challenge. Thus, I liked the way the new addition handled it. New staffers, with a leader training group from other other franchises, took the new group to Riverlodge and engaged in an intensive and thorough introduction to how the restaurant has to operate, how customer-service has to be handled, including that most important first welcoming introduction to the facility to the more mundane, but equally important, safety and service elements of the food service business. Bob and Nick Constabaris knew

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they were onto something away back in 1960 when they opened the first M. Mikes (no possessive apostrophe) restaurant on Granville St. in Vancouver. And while they say relatively little has changed since that humble beginning (other than the fact that they no longer have a salad bar) of course that’s not quite true. Virtually everything has changed as the first restaurant exploded over the years to a franchise chain. This is actually Mr. Mikes’ second coming to Kitimat - most old timers recall an earlier version of the restaurant in the locale behind the museum, now occupied by Kitimat’s Pedro’s Restaurant. The company started its Kitimat return with a job fair at Riverlodge in October and attracted a very substantial number of interested people, since they were hiring at all positions from servers, hosts, bartenders, line/prep cooks, dishwashers and so on. As with most businesses familiar with hiring young people, the social networks, Facebook and Twitter

played a role in getting the word out. Take a look. You’ll see lots of names you know. Last Tuesday, I went with a buddy to experience the staff ‘s opening orientation experience - brief but needed. We arrived at the appointed time and were warmly greeted at the door. We were offered a choice of a free shared appetizer or dessert and a free lunch entree (to be selected at random from a silver bowl, containing a number of selected meals) design to allow the cooking staff to focus each day on a shorter selection of meal offerings. From there we were escorted to our table and introduced to our trainee server, a pretty young lady from Nanaimo, who recently moved to Kitimat to be closer to her boyfriend, currently in camp at the Kitimat Works RTA modernization. Like most of her young friends in training, the opportunity afforded by Mr. Mikes was a godsend to a young person looking for work in Kitimat, despite it prospective boom. We asked her about the training process and she said she was enjoying the experience which included all aspects of food service as well as training on safety, fire exits etc., and dealing with customer needs from allergies to tastes. You know, we all do take these elements of eating out for granted. Continued on page 5

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Time is now for companies to say yes How quickly things can change when it comes to the LNG file. Just two months ago I wrote about efforts by Japan and India to lower the prices they were paying for liquefied natural gas by forming a buyers group with the goal of bringing pressure to bear on suppliers and ending what they call “the Asian premium”. Essentially they wanted to end longterm, oil-indexed contracts and take advantage of then lower spot prices or long-term contracts based on the comparatively very cheap Henry Hub futures. Today that looks like a forlorn hope. The spot price for LNG for delivery next month has hit $18.30 per million British Thermal Units (mbtu), higher than the price of those nasty oil-indexed contracts. Three weeks ago Reuters reported that as a result “buyers in Asia are increasingly leaning on long-term supplies to avoid paying high spot LNG prices.” And it is forecast those spot prices will top $20 per mtbu in short order. So much for the Indo-Japanese plan. Of course there was another strand to the buyers’ argument, that with all the new production planned to come on line in the near future, LNG prices would fall so the

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last thing they wanted was to be locked into expensive long-term contracts. A logical enough argument if - and it is a big if - all that new production comes online as proposed and, more importantly, the demand for LNG remains where it is today. On the supply side we still haven’t yet seen so much as a bucket of LNG exported from the United States, none of the B.C. projects, with the possible exception of the tiny BC LNG Co-op, will be in operation before 2017 - and that is being optimistic plus African projects are politely described as “underperforming”. That said, there is little question that supply will have jumped significantly by 2020. So what about demand? China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) alone expects to add five LNG

import terminals by 2015, doubling its current imports. And there are plans to build even more terminals to meet rising domestic demand plus the government’s policy of switching away from coal for power generation. Gas demand has surged in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina and while Mexico will likely be supplied in large part by pipeline, the other two will be looking for LNG. Overall, analysts forecast global LNG demand will climb at a rate of around seven per cent a year until 2020. As a result, Berstein Research says “we expect international gas markets to remain ‘tight’ through to 2020.” In other words no relief for Japan and India for the rest of the decade. Which suggests they might be well advised to lock into long-term contracts at the oil-indexed price for at least a good chunk of their requirements and hope they can top it up with less expensive Henry Hub based contracts - it should be noted that at this point projected US LNG production is a drop in the Japanese LNG bucket. If the Japanese recognise the above reality, it should improve the chances of the Kitimat projects getting the contracts they

A primer on Advent Jeremiah 33: 14, “Behold the days are coming declares the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.” Well, it’s that time of year again! Snow is on the way, Christmas music is on the radio and Canadian Tire is into its third month of selling Christmas decorations. Yes it is Advent. Now, I know that many people aren’t familiar with Advent. It kind of gets lost in the shuffle of consumerism and Christmas trees, so here’s a quick tutorial. Advent comes from the Latin word “Adventus” meaning, “The coming of our Savior.” It lasts four weeks and it is a season of hope. Now, the hope that we have in Christ is bigger and grander than what we traditionally think of as hope. We say things like, “I hope we don’t have six feet of snow this year,” “I hope the Canucks make it past the first round of the

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lous birth is the fulfillment of a promise; a promise of a Savior. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but receive eternal life.” Amen.

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Pastor Clint Magnus playoffs,” but the hope that we have in Christ is much bigger; in fact it represents the hope of the entire world; it is the hope of eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior. And when you think about it hope really is about the future. You don’t need hope for the past; it’s over. Hope gets us through the rough spots and turmoil of life. Hope is what tells us that one day things will get better. If you have no hope, then all is lost. That’s what the babe in the manger in Bethlehem came to give us: hope of eternal life in Heaven. And this is not just some wishful thinking kind of hope. The Bible refers to it as a sure and certain hope made possible through faith in God’s prom-

ises to us in Christ. You see, that babe in the manger (God’s Son) grew up to be a man who was without sin. And then He gave His perfect life as the substitute on the cross for you and for me so that through simple faith in Him we will receive eternal life in Heaven. Now that is a hope you can cling to. And so, when your trust in the promises of this world are dashed against the rocks yet again, trust in God’s promises to us in Christ. Only He can give you the certain hope that one day things will be much better. In Christ our future is bright indeed. Friends, our Lord keeps His promises. And as we near the celebration of Christmas, let’s remember that Christ’s miracu-

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need to get the green light. As always, we shall see what we shall see. In the meantime we wait for the provincial government to unveil its plans for an LNG export tax. That was supposed to happen this month but has now been put back to February, suggesting stiff resistance from project proponents. I hope the province is aware of how tight margins are. In Australia a proposed major onshore LNG plant was recently ditched because of ever increasing cost estimates. Instead of piping the offshore gas under water to the plant, the plan now is to use a floating LNG platform (FLNG) with neither the natural gas nor the liquefied version ever setting foot on Western Australia soil. While the FLNG method is cheaper to build, it is a bit more expensive to operate. But the reasoning behind the shift is that the margin over the lifetime of the project will be one per cent better than being onshore. Yup, just one measly per cent. Doesn’t leave a lot of room for a cureall Prosperity Fund, does it?

Olden days Continued from page 4 Anyway, it was fun and although Mr. Mikes is not new to me - I’ve eaten there in (old) Kitimat, Terrace, Prince George and Edmonton - I found everything more than satisfactory and we’ll be back before Christmas...geez which is only two weeks away! Welcome back, Mr. Mikes. I just wanted to add one story; we toured the rest of the facility

and on the way out we saw the sign, noting Mr. Mikes is sorry it no longer offers a salad bar. Both of us burst out laughing for the same reason, as we remembered another old Alcan friend, no longer in Kitimat, but still a town “urban” legend. He had the “reported” distinction of being the only man ever banned from the old Mr. Mikes all-you-can-eat salad bar, for obvious reasons. We miss Phil!

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Hotels in the works Cameron Orr Kitimat Council has been handling a number of proposals lately that’d see the construction of new hotels. Most recently an application came through to amend the C5 zoning, which would allow the construction of a proposed Microtel unit where the Aluminum City Motel currently stands. The proposal sees two new hotels being built on the land, as well as one new restaurant. The two hotels would mean a collective 149 new hotel beds to town. The main proponent to the project is MasterBUILT Hotels, while the application was made on their behalf by Rick Scheidt of R.W. Scheidt Design. To get the hotel he has requested C5 Zones to allow for ‘hotels’ (motels are an existing use in the zoning) as well the applicant is seeking

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A concept design, and not the official design, of a proposed hotel to be built at the site of the former Aluminum City Motel. gin work very soon on the project. “The intent given in the application is to start construction on the Microtel portion of the site, and possibly the restaurant as well, as soon as possible,” he said, saying the other hotel facility, a suites hotel, would likely come following that. Councillors added a referral to the traffic committee as well for this application.

The effect of the applicant’s desire to increase building height would mean that instead of a limit of three storeys, the hotel could be up to five. Because the proposal would increase the number of rooms on the property by 99, staff note that additional rooms trigger a $300 a bed contribution to the Pollution Control Centre. The servicing study which was in-

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Police beat Continued from page 1 November 27 con’t Threats were allegedly exchanged between men, stemming from frustration over children visitation rights. No arrests, but police told to call if there were more issues. November 28 RCMP were called to retrieve what a homeowner in the Kildala neighbourhood said was either a skateboard, surfboard or snowboard. As per the media report, “After an extensive anaylsis of the item, member determined the item to be a skateboard, as it was found to have wheels, thus making it unsuitable for water or snow.” It’s a black and red board, valued at around $50. Contact the RCMP if you know or are the owner. A depressed, intoxicated male was reported to police as possibly wanting to harm himself. Police attended and took him voluntarily to the hospital. Officers stayed with the man for two hours. November 29 Three youths were reported on the steps leading into an apartment building at around 3 a.m. All three appeared intoxicated. Two were returned to their parents while a third was taken to the hospital for treatment. A complainant called to report that her boyfriend was allegedly bear sprayed by a male who came to their house. Two suspects were arrested and charges are being forwarded to the Crown for assault with a weapon. Police did not disclose a motive. November 30 Police responded to an abandoned 9-1-1

call at the Kitimat Ice Arena from a payphone and determined two nearby youths were the likely callers, but was simply a result of them playing around. The mother took the boys

to the RCMP office to apologize in person later on. December 1 A person returned to retrieve their vehicle from The Ol’ Keg parking lot but found their

found with injuries to his face, and investigation later determined the complainant herself was actually the likely primary aggressor. The woman was arrested and released on prom-

rear tire was punctured with a knife. No suspects in the case. A complainant called reporting she had been allegedly assaulted by her boyfriend. The suspect was later

ise to appear to court. A caller allegedly threatened a man over the phone that he’d been pepper sprayed. Police say this was in retaliation of an earlier alleged incident

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Amber Sealy glides along the ice during the Kla How Ya skating competition, held on the November 30 weekend. The competition saw skaters from clubs all over the region attend for two full days of events. Sealy herself ranked third in the senior bronze women category, behind two other Snow Valley Skating Club members.

Counting on the birds Winter seems to have come a little early this year. A full day of sun and blue skies also means the temperatures are likely to dip below zero. It’s just enough to create a dilemma. Do I bundle up and go for a walk or do I snuggle down on the couch and watch a favourite movie? Or, do I think a little ahead and begin to plan for the annual Christmas Bird Count? The Kitimat Bird Count is now a long-held tradition. Although counts officially started over a century ago, they have taken place here for well over 30 years. It started with just two observers. Now, between 20 and 30 field or feeder watchers make up the participant list. Since we are located on the north coast, we can’t hope to tally the number of bird species documented in provincial hot-spots such as Victoria or Ladner. We do, however, have a unique combination of habitats which make this a special place. No other community in the province has a marine channel, large estuary, and substantial lowlands surrounded by forests and snow-covered mountains. The birds appear to have noticed this and many take advantage of this area to spend the winter. Minette Bay and the outer estuary are two of the best locations for Trumpeter Swans, Canada Geese, Mallards, Grebes and Loons. The Maggie Point trail, which now terminates with an excellent viewing gazebo, rarely disappoints those out counting. Another excellent area is the Kildala drainage ditch and the edge of Radley Park. Herons, Mergansers, Bufflehead ducks, and smaller songbirds find food and shelter along the watercourse. Taking part in the count is actually quite simple. Some people like to spend a few hours walking or driving to favoured locations. Others like to stock their feeders and keep a close watch on any birds visiting their backyards. Both are very helpful in determining the number and kinds of birds staying for the winter. We can always expect to see Dark-eyed Juncos, the most numerous bird that will visit a backyard feeder. They are often joined by Pine Siskens, chickadees, and sparrows. If you’re watching at just the right moment, you might witness your yard explode with fear and feathers flying if a Sharp-

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Spotting an owl on a Christmas Bird Count day is always a highlight. shinned hawk makes a sudden appearance. In the past few years, observers have almost always seen a few hawks along with plenty of Bald Eagles, Gulls, and plenty of backyard birds. The species total is now expected to exceed 50 with the actual number of birds in excess of several thousand. These numbers make Kitimat one of the higher counts in northern B.C. Christmas Bird Counts have become increasingly valuable for monitoring bird populations and trends. When industrial projects are proposed for communities such as ours, the environmental evaluation teams use Christmas Bird Count data as background information for any necessary changes or mitigation. The count this year is slated for Saturday, December 14. If you feel you would like to participate, please contact the Kitimat Museum & Archives or April MacLeod, the event organizer. She can be reached at 250-632-3977. In the meantime, enjoy the sun and keep your feeder stocked with plenty of suet and seeds.

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Professional/ Management MANAGER Technical Services Pacific Northern Gas Ltd., a subsidiary of AltaGas Ltd., owns and operates natural gas transmission and distribution systems. Reporting to the General Manager Operations, the Manager Technical Services is responsible for PNG’s compressor, corrosion, gas measurement and warehouse functions. The position is located in our Terrace, BC office. Key Responsibilities: Overall management and technical direction of the compression, corrosion, measurement, and warehouse departments -Direct supervision of departmental employees -Project management for various capital projects -Provide engineering support to field operations, as required -Responsible for the electrical and instrumentation components of operations and maintenance Duties: Integrity management of entire PNG distribution system as related to; -Compression Station maintenance Transmission Pipeline Inspection scheduling and contracting as required -Annual preparation of investigative dig schedule -Records management for inspections and investigative digs Project management - coordination and management of: -Feasibility studies for potential projects Detailed planning and engineering on approved projects Obtaining regulatory permits as required, i.e. OGC, NEB, MOTH, MOE, Municipal, etc. Coordination of department personnel and contractors as required -Development and execution of contracts for external contractors Budget: Project planning and budgeting through to project management and reporting -Develop annual departmental operations and maintenance budgets -Conduct monthly budget review and variance analysis and provide update to General Manager of Operations Coordination of “Gas Control” PNG’s vehicle fleet management Qualifications: -Professional Engineer designation (P. Eng.) with an operational background in heavy industry. -Minimum of 5 years supervisory experience. Qualified applicants are invited to email their resumes in confidence to the Human Resources Department; careers@png.ca Pacific Northern Gas offers a competitive salary and benefits package in addition to opportunities for personal and professional growth. We thank all applicants for their interest in our organization, but only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No agency referrals or telephone inquiries at this time, please.

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Winterhawks on top The semi-final saw the team take on the host Salmon Arm, which was a step behind Kitimat the whole time. Another strong second period propelled the team to a 5-1 win and a spot in the final against the undefeated Castlegar team. The first period was very even going back and forth in a 0-0 tie. The second period saw some huge hits all over the ice as both teams cranked up the physical play. Kitimat pushed the pace and gained the upper hand resulting in a 1-0 lead. The second period ended with Kitimat executing a perfect set face off and gaining a 2-0 lead. The third period saw Castlegar come out strong and Kitimat tried to keep the lead at home. A packed arena saw the lead hold to the 11 minute mark when one of Kitimat’s three defensemen was ejected for a hard hit. The final ten minutes was an all out

Submitted Recently the Kitimat Bantam Rep Winterhawks made the long journey to Salmon Arm. The team was down to just nine skaters and one goalie, but it didn’t deter them. They came out strong against Revelstoke scoring on the first two shifts and powered their way to an 11-1 win. The second game saw the team run into a hot Windermere goalie, but the battle was ultimately won by an equally hot Kitimat keeper, in a 3-0 shut out. The third game was a hard hitting battle against Prince George. Prince George tried to wear down Kitimat’s defensemen with some big hits but Kitimat responded with many of their own. Down 2-0 after the first period, Kitimat regrouped and came out guns blazing and took the game with a 5-2 victory.

frantic attack that saw Castlegar not only score on the power play, but carry on their momentum and tie the game with five minutes to go. Kitimat then caught a break when a player was hauled down on a breakaway and a penalty shot was awarded. While Kitimat would miss the penalty shot, the delay was crucial as it allowed the remaining players to rest. On the drop of the puck, Kitimat seized their opportunity and scored with three minutes to go. After some amazing goaltending, blocked shots and great defensive play the team took first place with a 3-2 win. Head coach Tim Minaker was impressed how his team was able to play with great discipline. They were the least penalized team in the tournament, while still being able to bring strong physical play when needed.

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