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Goal met for new playground Cameron Orr After careful consideration of their policies and procedures, Kitimat Council were almost tripping over themselves trying to offer more money to the Kildala Parent Advisory Council. The PAC were asking for up to $20,000 towards their fundraising goal to construct a new school playground to replace their aged and small one. Council had sent the request back to town staff to reflect and comment on policy and to look for ways to offer cost saving measures. Ultimately staff recommended that the town offer a grant of just over $15,000, even though there were efforts to simply pony up the full $20,000, both to benefit the PAC and to save time in the future if they still needed a bit of extra money. The $15,457 does bring the PAC to their fundraising goal, which caps off years of fundraising efforts by the parent group. “We’re at the goal and ready to proceed to the next level which will be the installation,” said PAC President Kim Wasyleski. “We hope to have it in the ground before the next school year.” She said everyone on the PAC is “elated” that it’s all almost over. The playground was a project started by the past PAC executive, which managed to raise $4,000 before the new committee stepped in. Wasyleski said between them and the current group it’s been about two-and-a-half years to get to here. She said each person has taken on commitments of time, from selling treats in the school to organizing Subway orders to bottle sorting every weekend, all of which went towards getting the children a new playground. Continued on page 3
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Students get immunized from meningitis in clinics Janet Munro has been leading the charge over the past 10 years to have comprehensive meningitis vaccines brought to B.C.’s youth, and even as the campaign to have them incorporated in to the public health system moves on, she’s brought clinics to Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary to get the ball rolling. Munro and her husband lost their son Bradley to the Y-strain of meningitis while he was studying at Thompson Rivers University. The incident kicked off a major push by the family to raise awareness and get other youth protected. The Munros are part of a coalition of parents advocating for the vaccines, called MeningitisBC.org. The recent clinic on May 20 was the second of three taking place in Kitimat. Two are for the two doses of the B-
strain vaccine while the third is for the four-strains of meningitis. Munro says the B strain takes two doses because of the complicated nature of its make-up. “The B is the hardest of the strains to curve because there are so many different bacteria that make up the B,” she said. The four strain covers A, B, W135, and Y. Through the efforts of these schoolbased clinics, Kitimat is at the forefront of protection against the disease. “These kids here in Kitimat will be the first kids in the entire province of B.C. that’ll be vaccinated against all five common strains of meningitis,” said Munro. These meningitis strains are not covered under the public health system in B.C., although eight other provinces
have incorporated them. Their existence outside of the public system does create cost barriers for parents. A single shot of the B strain vaccine, for instance, costs $120. Certain health care providers will cover the cost of the four-strain version. This cost barrier is something MeningitisBC is looking to overcome for parents and offers some financial assistance for parents who need it. Three Kitimat students were eligible for assistance. “When the parent is not covered you’re looking at $360 to get these vaccines before they go off to university,” she said. “We’ve been trying to raise money so we can support some parents to cover the cost of these vaccines.” Continued on page 2
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Continued from page 1 Munro says she’s still working to get the clinics in to Terrace schools. Because she’s not known in that community she said it’s harder to get Northern Health endorsement to run them, even though it’s all done safely. “These clinics are dealt with with the highest, strictest regard for everybody’s public health concerns.” A Kitimat pharmacist administered the vaccines here. She’s hopeful of a large uptake in the vaccine, and hopes the clinics
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Cyclists take on Kitimat River Bike Challenge It came down to two Smithers cyclists who, among many others, battled a strong headwind to move themselves from Kitimat to Terrace for the Kitimat River Challenge. There was a strong contingent of Kitimat riders, who joined Terrace, Smithers, and Prince Rupert for the event. Smithers’ Peter Krause placed first overall by just a second against Neil Hodgson. Krause finished with 1:51:51, while Hodgson ended with 1:51:52. Prince Rupert’s Travis Bernhardt placed third by time at 1:52:17. Kitimat’s Spencer Edwards finished fourth in
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Being prepared My knowledge of meningitis was limited, if not non-existent until a few years ago when I was following the story of Kitimat’s Janet Munro who has been advocating for the province to get the five common strains of the virus included in the vaccination programs. She and her family began advocating on this issue after her son died, very suddenly, while at university. It’s a story shared in detail on MeningitisBC. org’s website, along with stories of other young people who fell to the illness. What’s the saddest, the more I learn about this, is that not only are there vaccines available for the strain that took Bradley, but that B.C. isn’t the norm as far as not offering it. Eight other provinces provide it through their public health services. Munro explained to me that due to the cost of the vaccine it’s not a matter of ordering it from your pharmacist. Pharmacies won’t order it individually because the costs are too burdensome, even for them. That’s why Munro went ahead with the clinic system running right now at Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary. When the teachers strike last year impacted schools, she tried to batch order, with parents bringing their kids in individually to pick up their dose but hardly anyone did in the end, resulting in a lot of expiring vaccine. Now with the clinic the full batch can be ordered and the kids get an organized and safe way to get the dose. She pointed me to news reports from Nova Scotia, where the Acadian University this year has dealt with an outbreak of meningitis as well, which resulted in one student dying and another becoming very ill, although recovering. As a result of that outbreak that province’s public health system was setting up free B-strain clinics for students. I never mean to put words in to people’s mouths but I can only imagine Janet Munro is thinking about the life that could have been saved if those vaccines got to students quicker. I’ve personally been convinced of the risk. Case numbers may be few, relatively, but its severity is hard to ignore. I can only think of my son and the idea that, now, I know of some new but preventable risk. There’s no fairness that the Munros had to lose their son to spark their efforts in pushing for others to get protected. But, for the greater benefit, now they realize those risks and share their knowledge to whomever asks. I’m certain that because of them and other parents like them lives will be saved. Cameron Orr
It’s not easy being green There’s a lot of pressure on people to go “green.” Not so much in the political sense, but in a personal way; reduce, reuse, recycle, oppose over-use of oil, coal and other fossil fuels, generate your own electricity, and so on. I do think most people are, to varying extents, environmentally aware. They want development to provide jobs but also to be safe, sustainable and not harmful to air or water. Mostly I’m there but I hate to be pushed and I dislike it when people step over the line and try to force me to agree with their point of view and when I don’t, well, just call me a moron or worse. Frankly, it kinda runs off my back, mostly. But there is almost always so much controversy associated with advice on “going green” that I tend to try to avoid the phrase. Eco-conscious living, reducing my carbon footprint, things like that somehow tend to irritate me when its accompanied by a lecture. The Internet is packed with what I call “do-gooder sites” or green living blogs. Browsing a few of them can promptly lead to an attack of apoplexy.
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Here’s an example: writer Andrea D. from Michigan has a site she calls “sustainable baby steps.” Baby steps for beginner hippies. I thought they all grew up at the end of the 70s. Andrea suggests “after you wash your hands at a restaurant, hospital, school, etc. and dry your hands with paper towels, DONT THROW THEM AWAY! They are clean! The water was wiped away from your clean hands! Instead take them home and use them around. I use them to clean the bathroom mirrors and any glass. For example: The bathroom mirror is dirty, so I spray some windex and wipe it with those used paper towels.” Yes I’d classify that as a baby step OK. Another of the Top 100 sites for
going green is Environmentalsciencedegree.com, which describes itself as a comprehensive resource for those interested in working in the field or advancing their education. From salary information, career paths, and updates from the field, “you’re sure to find answers to all your questions – and some you’d never think to ask”. Such as “Fifteen ways to go green on a budget.” Example one is, “use power strips around your home. You can cut off power to chargers and small appliances when you’re done with them with power strips.” Fascinated? Here’s number two, “Keeping your freezer fully stocked is key to saving time, money, and stress when putting together meals, but did you know it’s also the most eco-friendly use of the space? That’s because it takes a lot more energy to cool an empty space.” There are more but I knew about not rinsing dishes before using the dishwasher (saves 20 gallons of water a year) and sharing my magazines. Suggestion, give them to doctors’ offices. Continued on page 5
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vided, some saying the price is way too rich, others that it makes sense. Not that I think Shell much cares about what the analysts say. It clearly thinks this is a smart move and, given its long, successful track record, who am I to disagree? One interesting development in the wake of the announcement was the ringing endorsement the deal got from a surprising source, Qatar, the number one LNG exporter in the world. The state-owned Qatari Investment Authority bought 67 million shares in Shell and another 12 million in BG at a total cost of $US2.3 billion.
Now that is a vote of confidence on a grand scale. So what does this takeover mean to proposed LNG export projects in the Northwest? Obviously the proposed BG plant at Prince Rupert is dead given that Shell's LNG Canada project in Kitimat would be significantly less expensive - it would be built on an established industrial site (former Methanex methanol plant) and the length of pipeline needed to feed the plant would be considerably shorter. That said, I never thought the BG proposal was likely to come to fruition, dismissing it as another example of piling on. Does it improve the chance of a favourable final investment decision for LNG Canada in the short term? I suspect not and in fact fear it may even push back any
such decision. First, the proposed takeover has to receive regulatory approval from the countries in which both companies operate. While I don't think that will be a problem - with the possible exception of Australia - it will take time. Second, it is expected that it will take about a year to figure out the configuration of the "new" company and I cannot see Shell making any FID until this and item one are sorted out. And third, having just spent $70 billion on the takeover, are Shell going to be in a great hurry to take on more billions of capital expenditure? Like Snow White's prince, one day LNG Canada will come, but it may be a bit later than we would like.
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Baron Rothschild, an 18th century British nobleman and member of the Rothschild banking family, is credited with saying "The time to buy is when there's blood in the streets." Clearly Royal Dutch Shell is of like mind, as evidenced by its takeover offer to British company BG of US$70 billion. That translates to a premium of 52 per cent on what BG shares were trading at when the announcement was made, making it an offer BG's shareholders can hardly refuse. (This may sound like an eerie echo of Rio Tinto's successful over-the-odds takeover of Alcan, but there is one big difference: Rio Tinto did that at the top of the aluminum market while Shell is making its move at the bottom.) Predictably the all-knowing, all seeing analysts are di-
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Piping hot coffee not associated with piping oil Cameron Orr Kicking Horse Coffee Company may be kicking themselves over an innocent naming of one of their coffee blends which has some people confused. Named for the tube-shaped waves popular for surfing, the company has a line of coffee called Pacific Pipeline. On Twitter the company received some negative attention from a small handful of customers who felt the name implied the company was associating with pipeline projects in B.C. Namely the similarly named Pacific Trail Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline proposal which would supply the proposed Kitimat LNG terminal in Kitimat by Chevron and Woodside Petroleum.
to the proposed Pacific Trail Pipeline or petroleum industry,” said Elana Rosenfeld, CEO of Kicking Horse Coffee. “The blend name is derived from surf culture, and is in homage to the Pacific’s perfect tube-shaped waves.” The company said they had seen some
The company is quick to point out that their coffee product is not intended to be associated with these kinds of industrial projects. “Pacific Pipeline is a Kicking Horse Coffee blend that’s been on the market for nearly 20 years, and is in no way connected
confusion on the name over the past year. One of the more colourful Twitter responses to the blend is a photo taken by a person showing them extending the middle finger to a bag of the coffee beans. Pacific Pipeline is a medium blend, described as full bodied and smooth.
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Economic Benefits for Northern British Columbia Through April 2015, TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project team hosted public question-and-answer sessions in nine northern B.C. communities. We’d like to thank everyone who attended, and take this opportunity to respond again to some of the questions that were asked. How is Coastal GasLink providing business opportunities for northern B.C.? • Over $4 billion is estimated to be spent on pipeline construction, a third of which is estimated to be spent in B.C. • Opportunities for qualified businesses include the supply of construction materials, services and labor, and increased retail and commercial activity in the area of the proposed project. • Most direct business opportunities during construction will be provided through prime contractors or their sub-contractors. Each prime contractor will develop a local and Aboriginal participation plan to cover local contracting and employment. We will monitor and enforce the implementation of these plans and require regular progress reports. • Four categories of activity are designated as opportunities for qualified Aboriginal businesses including right-of-way clearing; camp management; security; and medical. • Coastal GasLink representatives are already working full-time to explain the qualification process to local businesses. • During project planning, since mid-2012, we have spent over $34 million on goods, services and wages in northern B.C. What about hiring and training? • Coastal GasLink estimates there will be 2,000 to 2,500 people directly employed through the main construction period. Most job opportunities will be provided through prime contractors or their sub-contractors. • There will be opportunities for welders and mechanics, equipment operators, drivers, labourers, flagpersons and more. Openings will be communicated in northern B.C. communities. We expect there will also be a need to attract qualified workers from other parts of B.C. and beyond. • Coastal GasLink and TransCanada have launched a “Pathways to Pipeline Readiness” training program with northern B.C. colleges and training institutions, with $900,000 in funding announced to date.
• Coastal GasLink has invested in community projects and services in a dozen communities, from fire/rescue equipment to restoring rivers and streams to summer programs for children. • Notable recipients of recent contributions include the Chetwynd Health Clinic and Wellness Centre, the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Skeena Salmon Program, and the Houston Search and Rescue Society. • Coastal GasLink and TransCanada are active members of 14 local Chambers of Commerce across northern B.C., and regular sponsors of community events. • During operation, Coastal GasLink will support local services far into the future. Judging from current assessment rates, the proposed pipeline will generate more than $20 million every year in property taxes across four regional districts and the municipal District of Kitimat that will support services like fire protection, schools and hospital districts.
Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. is proposing to develop an approximately 670 kilometre pipeline to safely deliver natural gas from the Groundbirch area, near Dawson Creek, B.C., to the proposed LNG Canada gas liquefaction facility at Kitimat. Coastal GasLink is committed to meeting or exceeding regulatory requirements, and to working with regulators through construction to achieve the highest standards of environmental protection. Once in operation, the proposed pipeline would be subject to ongoing regulatory monitoring by the BC Oil and Gas Commission. Coastal GasLink will provide numerous benefits to B.C. including property taxes, local contracting and business stimulus, community investments and more. For more information • Visit www.coastalgaslink.com • Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.855.633.2011 (toll-free) • Check us out on Twitter: @CoastalGasLink
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Lakelse joins others in B.C. fee increase Tom Fletcher If you hadn’t already noticed, a night of camping is a bit more expensive than last year. As of March 15, a night at Lakelse rose three dollars, from $25 to $28. Fees at 40 provincial campgrounds in the Kootenay-Okanagan, Northern, South Coast and West Coast regions increased at least $3 a night, and 141 of B.C.’s 204 provincial campgrounds saw a $2 increase. The Ministry of Environment said earlier this year that this is the first province-wide increase in fees since 2010. Rates for backcountry camping and use of sani-stations remain at $5, and fees for mooring buoys, picnic shelters and group camp-
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ing are unchanged. Parking fees for day-use lots, a failed experiment from 10 years ago, are not being reintroduced. The ministry says the varied rate increases take into account local demand and economic conditions as well as private camping availability. The province collected about $17 million from its park and recreation fees last year, while spending $22 million on direct park operating costs. Campsite use is on the rise in B.C. since the introduction of an online reservation service called Discover Camping, which opened for the season at 9 a.m. on March 15. The system handled 133,000 reservations last year, nearly a 10 per cent increase over 2013.
at the LNG Canada Community Information Centre 176 Ocelot Road Please join us. Light refreshments will be served. Membership is $5.00 for individuals / $25.00 for a society. We welcome new board members to work with us on building our Kitimat Community Foundation. The Aluminum City Telethon (ACT) is our annual fundraising event, which is held October of each year. Our goal is to build the Foundation for our future and to provide funding to eligible non-profit organizations in Kitimat. For more information please call Margaret Warcup tel. 250-632-3144 ext. 202
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Tom Fletcher Premier Christy Clark and officials of B.C.’s largest liquefied natural gas project are moving ahead with legal restrictions that the NDP says may tie the hands of future governments to change tax and royalty revenue from the industry. Petronas-led Pacific Northwest LNG and the B.C. government signed agreements to ship LNG from the port of Prince Rupert to Asia (See page 7). NDP leader John Horgan said the agreements appear to give the investors what they need, but lack job guarantees and assurances that if the natural gas price improves, B.C. taxpayers will receive an adequate share of the resources they own. “My biggest concern is that we’re tying the hands of future governments because a desperate government made commitments that they over-promised on and now they want to get a deal at any cost,” Horgan said. Pacific Northwest LNG hit a roadblock in recent weeks with a vote by the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation to reject the port site at Lelu Island, despite revenue sharing totalling more than $1 billion over 40 years of LNG shipments. Culbert said answers to the community’s questions about changes to the project to protect Flora Bank, a shallow bed used by young salmon, were presented to the Canadian Environment Assessment Agency the day before Lax Kw’alaams members began voting. Clark said there have been agreements reached with 14 of 19 aboriginal communities along the pipeline route, and she is confident that differences can be worked out with the rest, including the Lax Kw’alaams.
4 OUT OF 5 PEOPLE WITH DIABETES DIE OF HEART DISEASE.
Fentanyl leads to OD in Rupert Shaun Thomas and Cameron Orr Prince Rupert RCMP say a lethal overdose last week is being attributed to heroin laced with fentanyl. At approximately 6:13 p.m. the British Columbia Ambulance Service called police to report they were treating a man who was suspected of using Heroin mixed with Fentanyl. Due to the potency of this mixture the man succumbed to the overdose and died, prompting a warning from police. “It is with sadness that we have to advise the community of Prince Rupert about this tragic event and
our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends that have been affected. At this time we are not releasing the name of the deceased, out of respect for the family,” said Const. Matt Ericson, spokesman for the Prince Rupert RCMP Detachment Fentanly-laced products have been circulating in Kitimat in recent months, prompting similar warnings from Kitimat RCMP. Fortunately there have been no deaths in Kitimat linked to the drug however there have been a few incidences of overdoses. The most recent incident is attached to the police report on page 2.
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Tom Fletcher Too many seniors are going into residential care when they could still be accommodated in assisted living, due to rules that are “outdated and too restrictive,” B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie says in a new report. The report found a 10-per-cent vacancy rate for assisted living facilities, meaning space is usually available, at least in urban areas. It calls for a “fundamental redesign” of regulations for registered assisted living, to change spousal eligibility and reduce
the number of higher functioning seniors moving to residential care. More than 90 per cent of B.C. seniors live independently and 80 per cent are homeowners, who should be able to apply for a provincial loan against equity to pay for repairs, the report recommends. “A new roof or the need to fix a dilapidated deck may be a cost that forces a senior out of a house they have loved for decades,” Mackenzie said. “Living in a house that is worth $500,000 or even a million dollars
does not mean much if you’re living alone on $24,000 or less, which is the median income of seniors in B.C., and you can’t find the cash to pay the bills.” Health Minister Terry Lake said he supports the direction of Mackenzie’s 18 recommendations, and the ministry is working on assisted living changes. Some recommendations, such as providing private rooms with ensuite bath for residential care beds, have “wide-reaching implications for health authorities” and require more study, Lake said.
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Enterprising engineers craft popsicle stick bridges Submitted Lapointe Engineering Ltd. (LEL) hosted, in partnership with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Northern Branch (APEGBC), the fourth annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition on May 2 at the Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary School. LEL was able to design and fabricate a Bridge Breaker Machine for the Northern region, which presses up to 300 lbs of force on to the model bridges to see how they stack up to the pressure. This year marked the highest turnout in the event’s history, with a total of 119 teams participating from Hazelton, New Hazelton, Prince Rupert, Telkwa, Terrace, and Kitimat. The Most Innovative Bridge Award was presented to a Category 1 team “The Maple
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Kitimat LNG invites you to attend a Community Open House Date and time: Tuesday, June 16 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Location: Kitimat Valley Institute, 1352 Alexander Ave, Kitimat
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Again, a BIG THANK YOU to all participants, teachers, parents, sponsors and volunteers. Looking forward to seeing you all again next year!
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A group watches as the Bridge Breaker makes quick work of their popsicle bridge structure, May 2.
Anna Killen A compromise may be in the works to restore 24-hour access between the communities of Stewart, B.C. and Hyder, Alaska with Canada’s border services agency confirming it has been looking at alternative service options for the border crossing. “We have been consulting with stakeholders in and around Stewart, B.C., as well as with first responders and law enforcement partners to explore additional alternative service options,” said Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) spokesperson Robin Barcham in an email last week. Barcham said the agency didn’t have anything specific to report, but “we look forward to further engagement at the community level.” S ke e n a - B u l k l ey Valley NDP Nathan Cullen said he spoke with CBSA officials and indicated that the solution could come by way of a 24-hour access phone.
Arch” from Ecole Mountainview School in Terrace, BC. The Strongest Bridge in Category 1 went to “K & N Bridge Company” from Kildala Elementary School in Kitimat. Their bridge held 154 lbs of force. The Strongest Bridge in Category 2 and the Overall Strongest Bridge went to “Dream Iron Crossing” from Prince Rupert Middle School in Prince Rupert, BC. Their bridge withstood 264 lbs of pressure. “Team Phenomenon” from MEMSS and “Bob’s Builders” from Kitimat City High tied for Strongest Bridge in Category 3 at 141 lbs. The Strongest Bridge in Category 4 went to “Cop My Mix Tape Next Week it’s Gonna be Fire” from MEMSS, holding up to a force of 177 lbs.
2015 Everlite 30BHP Regular price: $44,995 $
Sale Price $
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Length: 26.25ft Sleeps: 6, Slide Out: 1
*Plus $469 doc fee + taxes
Highway 16, Houston, BC
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