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Court to hear Enbridge case Cameron Orr West Coast Environmental Law have provided an overview of what court challenges await Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipelines project. Since the federal government approval of the Northern Gateway project in 2014, a number of First Nations and other groups have filed challenges in the court. They are the Gitga’at First Nation, Gitxaala Nation, Haida Nation, Haisla Nation, Heiltsuk Nation, Kitasoo Xai’Xais Nation, Nadleh Whut’en; Nak’azdli, Whut’en, BC Nature, ForestEthics Advocacy Association, Living Oceans Society, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and Unifor. The challenges cover a number of issues, such as wildlife: there are assertions at the Joint Review Panel contravened the Species at Risk Act in their decision. Other parts noted challenges to how the JRP assessed public interest. First Nation interests were also included. The report notes that the “Haisla argued that the JRP’s finding that construction and operation of the project would not have any significant adverse effects on the ability of First Nations to use lands, waters or resources for traditional purposes is unreasonable because it ignores the fact that construction of the marine terminal would permanently prevent Haisla members from using the lands and waters at and around that site.” West Coast Environmental Law says the entirety of the challenges to the JRP decision comprises 350 pages of documents. The arguments will be heard effectively at once, by the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver, over six days from October 1 and 2 then October 5 to 8.
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Dancing for peace Kildala Elementary School student dance for International Day of Peace during a school assembly. The Kitimat Rotary Club sponsors peace day in Kitimat, and the elementary school pitched in with their performance and a school photo on their field. See page 7 for more. Cameron Orr
LNG delays costing B.C. billions Cameron Orr A report from the Fraser Institute says delays getting B.C. liquefied natural gas projects to reality is costing the province billions of dollars. Among the information presented in the report, titled The Cost of Regulatory Delays, it says the International Energy Agency believes that no Canadian LNG project would start production by 2020, while 17 international projects are looking at starting by 2019 at the latest. “The magnitude of these lost export revenues should encourage policy makers to streamline the regulatory process so that British Columbia is able to make use of its large natural gas resources,” said a summary of the report, which was authored by Benjamin Zycher and Kenneth P. Green. The lost export revenue in 2020
could be $22.5 billion, according to the report. “The export revenues lost in 2020 would be equal to 9.5 per cent of British Columbia GDP in 2014,” the report says in its conclusion. Skeena MLA Robin Austin, who is also the Opposition Spokesperson for Northern Economic Development, told the Sentinel that delays in LNG are more a matter of political faults. “Delays do cost businesses money,” he said. “The trouble is the B.C. Liberals have been pushing this LNG not so much at the speed at which the market would decide but pushing it for political reasons.” He said the government’s efforts to get a final investment decision have been causing conflict especially in Aboriginal communities.
“The market will decide this thing because it has to make sense in terms of finding buyers at a price that is cost effective for them, to build a terminal and to build a pipeline. And prices have dramatically gone down since this whole thing started,” said Austin. As for these delays being something to think about for policy makers, as the report notes, Austin sees a different picture. “When you think of what the federal government has done to rip apart the federal environmental process to the point where people don’t have confidence in it you have to be careful. Streamlining, or as people in the government like to say ‘getting rid of red tape’ isn’t necessarily the right thing to do,” he said. “There is no economy without clean air, water and soil.”
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Vehicle files shift to high gear September 14 A complainant was unsure who would have damaged their parked utility trailer. It was reported that a tire was cut and punctured. Police are investigating this case of mischief, and do not have a motive. September 15 An off-duty police officer still operating a marked police cruiser pulled over a driver after seeing the vehicle spin its tires and drive aggressively away from a stop sign in a school zone. Investigation determined the vehicle was being operated by a prohibited driver with an outstanding warrant for another driving offence. The driver has a scheduled court date in November. September 18 A professional driver was reported to be using their cell phone while driving. In discussion police heard that the call was made in relation to a mechanical problem on the vehicle to the driver’s supervisor. September 19 Police pulled over a driver driving erratically as it left a liquor store. The driver admitted to the officer to consuming alcohol and breath samples provided ultimately lead to a vehicle impoundment and a three-day licence suspension.
Checking it out The Kitimat Fire Department was alerted to an odour of what might have been fire in the building that contains the Kitimat Community Services office and other businesses on September 24. Crews were immediately dispatched and investigated the building with a thermal camera and determined it was the building’s furnace going on for the first time of the season which likely created the odour. The furnace will be inspected. Deputy Fire Chief Pete Bizarro did want to commend everyone in the building who evacuated and waited patiently outside and ultimately made their jobs easier. Cameron Orr
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The Aluminum City Telethon will mark its 36th year on October 18 when the iconic, annual event once again broadcasts in Kitimat. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fans of the event will see the return of old favourites performing on stage and a kids play area is also planned. But what the event does need, says Telethon Chair Jean Nidd, is volunteers for the day. People wanting more information on how to get involved with helping out with the telethon can call the Child Development Centre at 250-632-3144. Last year’s telethon raised nearly $120,000, money which is used by the Kitimat Community Foundation to provide grants to community groups in Kitimat. You can read about them at www.kitimatcommunityfoundation. ca.
Police A Terrace RCMP officer seen in a video apparently hitting a youth who’s handcuffed and facedown on a downtown sidewalk is one step closer to possibly facing charges. The Independent Investigation Office (IIO), a civilian body that investigates policerelated incidents of death or serious harm to determine whether an officer may have committed an offence, has finished its investigation and has forwarded its findings to the Criminal Justice Branch of the provincial government. “We will be referring the case to the Criminal Justice Branch, which is the protocol when the Chief Civilian Director of the IIO finds that an officer may have committed an offence,” said IIO official Marten Youssef today.
Skills fair brings employers, workers together Cameron Orr The District of Kitimat brought together a number of industry stakeholders and training providers to offer the Skills Information Fair at Kitimat Valley Institute last Thursday. Kitimat’s Business and Communications Officer Tyler Noble said the idea of creating the event was the fact that the Kitimat Modernization Project was effectively wrapping up and Kitimat is in a quiet zone between that project and potential final investment decisions from the liquefied nat-
ural gas proponents. That left an opportunity to gather people under the roof of a skills information fair not to necessarily submit their resumes — even though the computer lab at KVI was offered up to prospective employees looking to punch up their application — but more for people to fully understand the skills they’ll need down the line for Kitimat’s possible industrial future. Noble said it was a way for the community to be ahead of the game, which is something employers want
Civeo had a long line at the District of Kitimat hosted Skills Information Fair, held at Kitimat Valley Institute on September 24. to be as well. In all there were 13 organizations who set up a booth or table at the event, mostly made up of employers but there was also rep-
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French enrolment on rise The Coast Mountains School District is seeing a continual rise in enrolment in French programs. A report from the Canadian Parents for French shows that French Immersion enrolment in B.C. has increased for 17 consecutive years, while for the Coast Mountains District itself it has increased by 82 students over the six past years, or a 24.19 per cent increase. By this school year the report shows there are 421 French Immersion students in the Coast Mountains School District. “We believe French programs are popular in the Coast Mountains School District because they are widely recognized by parents as providing young students with the tools and experience that
Election projection for local riding Cameron Orr A website which has tasked itself with projecting the results of the Canadian federal election shows the NDP taking the Skeena-Bulkley Valley riding with a substantial victory. ThreeHundredEight.com has posted its projections for the election nationally and by riding. It estimates that the NDP may win with an average vote accumulation of 60 per cent locally. The Conservative Party, it estimates for this riding, will take second place with 26.6 per cent of the votes, and the Liberals would finish with 7.6 per cent of the vote. The website uses an aggregation of available opinion polls and gives weight to firms which have proven historical accuracy or have experience within the specific riding. Results from past elections are also weighted to provide a result. An estimation of an NDP win isn’t quite a stretch of the imagination. The NDP have been locked-in winners for the past several years. From the 2011 election, the NDP took 55.3 per cent of the votes for their win. The Conservatives fared better than the website projection estimates for the 2015 election with 34.5 per cent of the vote. The Liberals took third in 2011 with 3.5 per cent, followed by the Green Party with 3.1, the CHP with three, and finally the Canadian Action Party with half a per cent of the vote.
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Open for business There’s some beliefs that I hold that not everyone seems to share. A recent reminder to me was an opinion poll I put on our wesbite at www.northernsentinel.com asking if people felt Kitimat was a good place to own a business. For whatever reason I appear to be more optimistic about the prospect of small business ownership in Kitimat than others. To recall the results, only 22 per cent of people who responded to the poll said it is a good place to own a business. Granted, posting a web poll to a website isn’t a scientific way of gathering results. The questions and results are more designed to be things to ponder rather than used for real research. So here I am pondering the results, and wondering why the results are the way they are. I can only guess — just based on anecdotal evidence more than anything — that people feel that customers in Kitimat will more readily rely on Terrace for their shopping needs than in town. Certainly it is a case that people will frequently spy fellow Kitimatians in Walmart on the weekend. Is that what turns people off from the idea of owning businesses in Kitimat? I still think there’s a lot of potential to be tapped in business locally even if that informal poll found otherwise. The Kitimat Economic Development Office is already on the case through their work promoting the Small Town Love program, which aims to give local, non-franchised businesses better online exposure and access to resources to help market themselves. From the sounds of it Kitimat has seen a good response to it and the Love Kitimat business fair will be held in the near future to mark the official start of the ongoing program. But what really got me thinking about this topic is what they’re doing in Smithers right now. The council there just initiated a Small Business Task Force. According to the town’s public notice in their weekly paper The Interior News, it’s “to review the [town’s] current processes and regulations affecting small business development and to recommend to Town Council changes that would improve the overall business environment and support the objectives of the Town’s Official Community Plan.” Basically, get on the task force and tell the town’s leaders what works and what doesn’t. Such a group, I can imagine, may lead to ideas being developed to grow small business not only just through local policy but through the collective brainstorming of the small business scene of Kitimat. Through creativity and contemplation we can show that opinion poll what the town is really made of. Cameron Orr
Mayor endorses natural gas pipeline As Mayor of Kitimat, I wish to clearly express the support that my Council and I have given toward TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink project, which would supply natural gas to the LNG Canada project should it reach a positive Final Investment Decision. Throughout my time as an elected official, I have consistently stated that my community is pro-industry. That doesn’t mean at any cost, but establishing new industries in Kitimat has been a top priority for the municipality ever since the closure of Methanex and Eurocan in 2006 and 2010, respectively. Kitimat has long been a desired location for global-scale industrial production, and we continue to welcome international opportunity. The Coastal GasLink pipeline project is a key piece of infrastructure needed to achieve increased economic stability not only in Kitimat, but across northern British Columbia. If the LNG Canada project proceeds, the construction and operation of both the export
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Guest Column terminal and pipeline will bring lasting benefits to the region through skills development, increased business capacity and ongoing property taxes to fund community services. Coastal GasLink received its Environmental Assessment Certificate from provincial authorities last October. Locally, Coastal GasLink has taken considerable care to find a route that will minimize disruption to businesses, residents and the natural environment. Council and District of Kitimat staff had several meetings with the project team to discuss the options, and Coastal GasLink listened carefully to what we had to say.
The resulting route enters Kitimat from the east, avoiding residential areas and the Pine Creek protected lands. Northern B.C. communities have flagged some potential concerns around pipeline construction – related, for example, to camp management and traffic. With other local governments, we are part of a process that provides us access to project plans and ongoing dialogue with Coastal GasLink. The company has been responsive in the first three years of project development, and I am confident this will continue. Coastal GasLink has said it will be ready to start construction in 2016, assuming a positive investment decision from LNG Canada. World energy markets are volatile, and nothing is certain. However, Kitimat has already benefited from the preparations for LNG development, and we can be hopeful that B.C.’s LNG initiative will pay even bigger rewards in the years to come.
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Future of LNG in BC may be going nuclear Picking up where we left off last time, just how many of the 54 Japanese nuclear power plants that were in operation preFukushima will be restarted? We can quickly write off 11 since they are either past their operational lifetime or the cost of bringing them up to the new safety standards would be prohibitive. Of the remainder, five have been approved for restart by the new regulatory authority, including the Sendai 1 reactor which fired up last month and Sendai 2 which is expected to follow suit this month. Nineteen others are still going through the exhaustive review process and the other 19 have yet to even apply. In June of this year Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) unveiled its latest long term energy mix projections for 2030. That report pegged nuclear power’s share of the country’s energy mix at 20-22 per cent, a figure that suggests they expect
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pretty well all of the 43 to be operational by then. Let’s assume for the moment that is what happens. Where does that leave LNG imports? METI forecasts they will make up 27 per cent of the mix, down sharply from the 43.3 per cent number in 2013, the last year for which figures were available when the report was prepared. The interesting thing is that while the use of coal is also expected to fall, it will not be by near as much - from 30.3 per cent to 26 percent. And that, as mentioned last time, is simply because generating electricity using LNG is 11 per cent more expensive than using coal. None of the above is good news for companies considering building new LNG export plants
such as the ones proposed in our backyard. Piling on the agony are plans by Chuba Electric Power, Tokyo Electric and Kansai Electric to install super efficient turbines in their gas-fired plants which will in turn reduce their demand for LNG. And if every Japanese utility was to convert to these turbines, by 2030 their LNG consumption would be cut by more than a third, more bad news. However that dark cloud is substantially based on those 43 nukes being restarted and frankly I have my doubts that will happen. The reason I say that is that in Japan even if the Nuclear Regulation Authority gives the green light, there is one more hurdle to clear and it is potentially a big one - the local government (prefecture) must also approve. And with polls consistently showing that about two-thirds of Japanese are opposed to the resumption of nuclear power generation it strikes me as highly un-
likely politicians will choose to ignore public sentiment and give their okay. So that’s good news, right? In terms of Japan’s future LNG demand, yes - or at least not as bad as it could be. But Japan is not the only market we need to be clamouring for our product to make BC LNG projects take wing. The predictions of a Golden Age of Gas just a couple of years ago were very heavily based on forecasts of ever increasing demand from China. But that country is making a big move toward nukes, adding 11 new reactors in the last three years with another 24 under construction - and they don’t have to worry about pesky local governments vetoing those plans. Then there is the supply side of the equation and that is where the skies become even darker. Over the next couple of years six LNG plants in Australia already under construction are going to come on line, adding tens of millions of tonnes of LNG to
the market. All those projects got the green light because they had locked up buyers for almost all of their production in long term contracts. But those deals had the LNG price tied to that of oil and the International Energy Agency says that at current oil prices most will likely not be profitable. Shell (LNG Canada) has a stake in two of those projects as does Chevron’s Kitimat LNG while its partner Woodside is involved in one. You have to ask yourself how likely it is that companies which spent billions upon billions of dollars on projects that will prove unprofitable for the forseeable future will be eager to repeat that. Make no mistake, I want the LNG projects in Kitimat to go ahead. But even wearing my rosiest glasses and given all of the above, I cannot see final investment approval coming for either LNG Canada or Kitimat LNG for several years.
Enbridge challenges hit court this month Dear Sir, An open letter to the opponents of Enbridge: For some time we have been under the threat of Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway project with all its risks of oil pollution and destruction of marine habitat on our coast. We have good reason to fear the world’s largest tankers travelling through Douglas Channel almost daily.
The Joint Review Panel held interveners to a higher standard of proof than Northern Gateway. Almost everyone who presented to the JRP was against this project. It was resoundingly rejected in a plebiscite by the citizens of Kitimat. It came as no surprise that Stephen Harper’s government gave its approval, but we can still stop Enbridge’s Northern
Gateway Project. There are 18 legal challenges that have been made by eight First Nations (on the basis of Aboriginal Rights and Title), four environmental groups (on incomplete and erroneous assessments affecting the environment), and a labour union for, among other things, “failing to consider greenhouse gas emissions and other upstream environmental impacts associated
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with oil sands”. On October 1-2 and 5-8 the legal challenges to the approval of Northern Gateway are scheduled to be heard at the Federal
Court of Appeal in Vancouver. The challengers have worked hard to get ready to be heard in court, and they represent those of us who
can’t be with them. They will soon be facing Enbridge and our own government in an effort to overthrow the fool-hardy decision.
Please encourage and support them. Sincerely, Margaret Ouwehand, Douglas Channel Watch
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Concert association in its diamond year Submitted Diamonds represent 60 years together and that is what the Kitimat Concert Association is celebrating with a stellar line up. The season starts with the incredible performance of Quartetto Gelato on Friday October 2 at the Mount Elizabeth Theatre. You might want to come a little early as the concert association is going to start selling wine and beer before the concert and at intermission but you have to buy your drink tickets before the start of the concert. Quartetto Gelato comprises of four musicians Peter DeSotto, Alexander Sevastian, Colin Maier and Greg Gallagher. Peter DeSotto is a remarkable violinist who will dazzle you with his incredible variety from classical to gypsy and if that is not enough he will astound you with his tenor voice that ranges from South American to authentic Irish folk. Alexander Sevastian has been with Quartetto Gelato since 2002. He has won many international competitions over the years. Alexander is a sensitive and accomplished performer adding lots of infectious humor to his world-class accordion-playing. Canada’s Colin Maier is a theatrical performance oboist who sees his oboe and music as part of a larger performance. Colin is a multi-talented musician who
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Ec Dev’s new digs Cameron Orr Kitimat’s Economic Development Office (EDO) has settled in well to their new digs, an arm’s reach from the main District of Kitimat offices on the City Centre Mall’s third floor. The new location, an annexation of space that was once occupied by neighbour Carlyle Shephard & Co, comes complete with two stand alone offices — one for Economic Development Officer Rose Klukas and the other for the District’s Business and Communications Officer Tyler Noble — as well as a front office desk for the department’s clerk Barb Haun (who Klukas refers to as the true glue that holds the department together), and new meeting space in a bright, glass-enclosed room. It’s the old real estate rule of thumb that location is everything. That is, before the EDO formally moved out of their original space early this year, there was a notable challenge to this branch of the municipality dedicated to being the town’s welcoming arms: they were shyly hiding away beyond the District of Kitimat’s
front desk, around the corner, just past the office of the mayor and the Chief Administrative Officer. It was perhaps a fine location if you were one of those two people, but the EDO needed to be in a place the public could be free to walk into. And now with their new offices, the EDO also has more breathing room. Klukas says now that they have their own office space that can be accessed without traversing the halls of the municipality they’ve seen a spike in walk-ins from the community, the exact reaction they were hoping for. It’s an opportune time to grow their accessibility. While on the surface Kitimat may appear to be in a cooling-off period from the economic engine that was the Rio Tinto Alcan modernization project and to an extent early works on the Kitimat LNG project, the time now gives the EDO a chance to build a foundation for further investment. In fact the department has been steadily hosting delegations and fielding information reques-
tion, and also providing community tours to possible future economic stakeholders. It’s a part of the job that hasn’t seen any drastic slowdown, said Noble. Noble points to the fact that economic development is very tied to relationship building and being available to investors is a key to building the success of Kitimat. With the EDO’s meeting space they can host some smaller-size groups, without having to fight with other municipal departments for Tyler Noble and Rose Klukas sit in the Economic Development time in the District’s main Office’s new meeting space. Cameron Orr board room. has recently been promoting more ment also held a Skills InformaMeanwhile some things don’t change. Klukas says they than just outside investment, but tion Fair to connect job seekers always encourage potential inves- building the local economy too. with companies to develop an untors to ensure a good relationship They’ll be soon launching the derstanding of what people will with the Haisla First Nation, es- localized version of a northern need to know if they want to work pecially in that this is the Haisla’ small business initiative called for one of the new companies in town. Small Town Love. traditional territory. Ultimately the EDO exists to The program, part of the Noble said First Nations relationship building is something Northern Development Initiative tell people that Kitimat is open for many companies are more aware Trust, is called Love Kitimat, and business. With their new office space of now than they were just a few will formally begin with a busithey can now show, more than ness fair in October. years ago. And just last week the depart- ever, that they are too. Kitimat’s EDO meanwhile
Government misplaces records No carbon tax increase Tom Fletcher Education ministry staff have searched in vain since this summer to locate a backup hard drive containing B.C. and Yukon student information from 1986 to 2009. The computer memory disk contains 3.4 million public school education records, including names, postal codes, grades and personal education numbers. Citizens' Services Minister Amrik Virk said Tuesday there is no evidence the information has
Jeff Nagel Municipal leaders have decided against asking the province to resume regular increases in B.C.’s carbon tax in the name of fighting climate change. Delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention narrowly defeated the motion from New Westminster last week, with 52.4 per cent voting no on Thursday. The tax has been frozen at $30 per tonne of carbon dioxide emissions since 2012 – equivalent to about seven cents a litre on gasoline. The tax also applies to natural gas, coal and other fossil fuels. The proposal called for increases of $5 per tonne each year for five years, followed by a review. It also urged the province to break from its policy of making the tax revenue-neutral and use the extra revenue to support emission-reduction projects. “It’s a sure-fire way to create a balance between the cost of renewables and the cost of carbon,” said Vancouver Coun. Adriane Carr. But Prince Rupert Coun. Barry Cunningham cautioned a major increase in carbon tax would unfairly drive up the cost of living in northern B.C.
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Piloting changes made after ship grounding last year Shaun Thomas and Cameron Orr A grounding of a ship near Prince Rupert last year has led to changes in both nautical charts and pilot training for B.C. Unfamiliarity with the route to an anchorage site outside of Prince Rupert led to the grounding the Amakusa Island last year. That was the finding of the Transportation Safety Board, which recently released its investigation report on the July 14 ship grounding. The charterer of the ship directed the master to anchor to address cargo issues prior to sailing to Japan and the Prince Rupert Port Authority directed the ship to anchorage 25. However, neither the ship's master or the pilot on board was familiar with the route to that anchorage, a route that went near a charted shoal that was too shallow for the vessel to pass. The shoal was not detected by the bridge team while planning the route or monitoring the move and pilot's portable pilotage
“Over that last decade we have re-surveyed all the routes and surrounding waters into Kitimat and released 19 New Charts covering these routes.” unit was not configured with all of the route planning and monitoring features to aid in detecting hazards. As a result of the grounding, the Canadian Hydrographic Service has updated the chart used on the route. As well, the BC Coast Pilots Ltd reached an agreement with the Pacific Pilotage Authority to require pilots to undergo mandatory assessments at least every five years and provide improved programs to monitor pilots' familiarity with the areas they serve. The Amakusa Island managers have installed an electronic chart display and information system on board the vessel and have initiated addition-
al crew training. The 228-metre bulk carrier ran aground on July 14 while shifting from berth at Ridley Terminals to its assigned anchorage. The vessel, which had 80,000 metric tonnes of coal in its hold, suffered damage to its hull and began taking on water. To prevent more from entering, the Amakusa Island's water-tight bulkheads were closed. Meanwhile, the Director of the Canadian Hydrographic Service Pacific Region David Prince says the waterways in the Douglas Channel and surround area have all
been modernized in a process that has run over the past decade. “In the mid 2000s we determined that the nature of traffic in the future may be different in the Kitimat area so we started a New Chart scheme in that area to bring all the charts to modern standards. By modern standards I mean the chart is based on the latest survey technologies,” he said in a statement through e-mail. “Over that last decade we have resurveyed all the routes and surrounding waters into Kitimat and released 19 New Charts covering these routes.”
Fayre goes well The community Fall Fayre at the Christ the King church was a successful event with a variety of goods for sale, a barbecue and car wash, all to support Syrian refugee relief through the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. Among the headliners of the event was Flopsy the Bunny, shown here with Abby Vomacka
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Infrastructure tops town list at UBCM Most of Kitimat’s council, and its Chief Administrative Officer Warren Waycheshen, were in Vancouver last week for the Union of B.C. Municipalities conference. Mayor Phil Germuth said that each councillor has a specific portfolio they were tasked with and were to be making presentations to key government ministers. Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Peter Fassbender met with Claire Rattée to discuss job training plans. Mary Murphy took on environmental issues and initiatives with the Minister of Environment Mary Polak, and also met with the Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Minister Shirley Bond. Germuth held meetings with Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad, and the Minister of Transportation Todd Stone. Rob Goffinet tackled meetings with Northern Health. “Our biggest thing...is going to be infrastructure. For example replacement of the Haisla Bridge,” said Germuth before the conference. The two other major Kitimat topics were housing concerns and the provision of medical services in the community.
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Rental aid eyed as housing cost relief tool Jeff Nagel Some of the money raised through a potentially higher property transfer tax on luxury homes could be funneled into incentives to build more rental housing, Finance Minister Mike De Jong says. De Jong said earlier this month he’s considering a third increment of the property transfer tax to collect more when high-end homes change hands, and use the proceeds to help combat unaffordably high housing costs. But he has been cautious about how to go about dispensing relief, noting that aid to entrylevel home buyers could backfire and simply push prices even higher. “If all you do is create more demand and supply remains constant you’ll have the opposite effect of what you want – you’ll drive the cost up,” de Jong said in an interview with Black Press. He said rental construction incentives could be one piece of the puzzle. “Is there a way to also encourage the construction of more and new rental housing – that’s very much a part of this conversation,”
de Jong said. He made the comments after a panel discussion at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention, where he asked mayors and councillors whether relief should be focused on first-time home buyers, and whether it should go towards the purchase of any housing, or be targeted to increase the supply of new housing. He said most community leaders seem to support the idea of reforming the property transfer tax in a way that helps young families get into the housing market. De Jong reminded municipal politicians that they control zoning and therefore have the power to increase density and the number of homes available, applying downward pressure on prices. The property transfer tax charges one per cent on the first $200,000 of the price and two per cent after that. When a $600,000 home sells, $10,000 flows to the government. De Jong noted the $200,000 threshold where the tax rises to two per cent hasn’t been changed in 30 years. Increasing that would reduce the bite of the tax at the lower end of the market.
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October 8 THE KITIMAT ART CLUB meets in Room 113 at the Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary School No supplies? We have some, and we share! For more information contact Katherine Johnsen 250-632-6888. ‘Pilfered or Plucked ’ – Still life of flowers, foliage, leaves, organic autumn objects. Bring materials of your choice; charcoal, pastel, or paint, and something to contribute to the composition. Ongoing CHRIST THE KING Parish Bereavement Ministry Committee will be sponsoring “Connecting Each Other With Hope”, a six-week grief support group for adults. Sessions run 7 to 9 p.m. Open to all, regardless of religious affiliation. To register or find out more call Lidia at 250-632-6292 or Susana at 250-632-2215. PRAYER CANADA. We meet each week on Tuesdays 12 noon to 1 p.m. For location and further information please call 250-632-4554. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org. DO YOU OR SOMEONE you know have bladder cancer? You’re not alone. It’s the 5th most common cancer in Canada. Bladder Cancer Canada is here to help... or just to talk. In Kitimat, call Glen Sevigny at 250-632-3486. Or email@example.com. HOSPICE: Do you have a couple of hours a month to make phone calls, plant flowers, share memories, play cards, etc.? Hospice can provide you with excellent training. Call us now at 250632-2278. KITIMAT LADIES AUXILIARY, Branch 250 hold regular meetings every second Thursday of the month. More information by calling Nancy at 250-632-4051, or Lyn at 250-632-2351. FRIENDS OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY To join contact Luce Gauthier at lucegauthier10@gmail. com or Virginia Charron @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-632-8985. KITIMAT QUILTERS GUILD: If you are interested in joining the Kitimat Quilters Guild please contact Aileen Ponter at 250-632-6225 or Janet Malnis at 250-632-7387 for further information. THE KITIMAT POTTERY GUILD meets every Thursday in the Riverlodge arts wing, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Interested in playing with clay? All experience levels welcome. For more information call Anne at 250-632-3318. THE KITIMAT PUBLIC LIBRARY offers the highly engaging Mother Goose StoryTime for
pre-schoolers Monday mornings from 10:30 -11:15 .am. Please register for this free program. HEALTHY BABIES drop in is held every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Kitimat Child Development Center. They welcome families throughout pregnancy and up to one year (older siblings welcome). Come meet other parents and infants over light refreshments with support from the CDC staff and a Public Health Nurse. For more information call 250-632-3144. CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE FunSpot drop-in for children aged birth to 5 years with caregivers. Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays 10 am- 12 pm. Fridays are now a combined drop-in/ multicultural playgroup. All are welcome to attend. Contact 250-632-3144 for more information. KITIMAT FIBRE ARTS GUILD: Interested in knitting, spinning, weaving, or any other fibre? For more information phone Maureen 250-6325444. KITIMAT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS - I have M.S. but M.S. does not have me. You are not alone, male or female, and the Kitimat M.S. group would like to be here for you. Total confidentiality. For more information contact Mary at 250-639-6016. AGLOW OF KITIMAT - All are welcome at our Care Group and Bible Study for men and women, singles or married, Thursday at 7:00 p.m. For information phone Brenda at 250-632-1616. DO YOU HAVE DIABETES? Individual and group counseling. For more info call 250-6328313 during operating hours - Wednesdays 8:00 a.m. to noon, Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - or leave message on our voice mail. We are located on the second floor of the Kitimat Hospital in the Home Support offices.
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through the Kildala neighbourhood on a loop back to Riverlodge. Organizing volunteer Christine Doherty said that just shy of $900 was raised by those 51 people. She said she’s already looking forward to the 2016 run, to take place September 18 next year.
The Kitimat Ice Demons were warming up their skates with a series of pre-season games and practices. The Demons have one more pre-season skate tomorrow, October 1 at 7:45 p.m. Then October 3 is the first true home game, against the Quesnel Kangaroos, followed on October 4 with another home game versus the Williams Lake Stampeders.
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