The Kitimat Ice Demons won the Central Interior Hockey League for the 5th year running. Both teams had a few days to rest before entering the Coy Cup.
Mar 2nd: The Kitimat Food Bank held an Open House to celebrate the move into their new building and thank their sponsors for all their help.
Mar 2nd: Landon Belmont and Ben Quaife of the Kitimat Boxing Club returned from the nationals. Belmont brought home a bronze medal.
Mar 2nd: During a Committee of the Whole meeting, the question came up, "Why is Radley Park not armoured?". Trafford Hall explained that it would be difficult to armour the park from erosion without triggering an environmental impact assessment that would be long and costly.
Mar 3rd: The Kitimat Ice Demons lost the first round of the Coy Cup to Williams Lake.
Mar 4th: The Kitimat Ice Demons tied the second round of the Coy Cup with Powell River.
Mar 5th: The Kitimat Community Services Society held their annual job fair at the High School. Booths were present from many services in the community and students had a chance to interact with employers and look at potential careers.
Mar 5th: With less than 5 seconds left on the clock, the Kitimat Ice Demons managed to create a tie against the Terrace River Kings. The game went into overtime and the Ice Demons scored their first win of the Coy Cup Tournament.Mar 9th:
A second public hearing erupted into an hour and a half discussion on rezoning when Minette Bay Lodge returned to the City Council Meeting. City Council eventually gave in to the demands of the Lodge over the advise of their own professional staff. Councillor Rob Goffinet chose not to vote in favour of the motion and was jeered for it.
Mar 9th: The Kitimat Humane Society requested a grant from council to continue operation. Having run out of funds, they had to lay off most of their staff to buy food. Council approved $20,000.Mar 9th:
Having had their sport removed from the BC Winter Games, Bill Franklin stepped up to City Council to request Council's support in his bid to have boxing put it back into the games. Councillor Feldhoff made a motion to support this movement, which was carried.
Mar 9th: Jack Oviett returned to City Council to request that a plan be put in place for Radley Park to prevent further erosion. He offered to help in any way he could, because he was worried that the park would disappear if they kept putting off the solution. He also brought forward information from Lanford which gave tax breaks for new industries.
Mar 13th: City Council met for a special meeting to apply for grant funding for 2009. Two projects that stood out were painting the bridge on Haisla Boulvard and repairing the aerators in the pollution control facilty. Council applied for both grants.
Mar 14th: The reading link challenge took place at the library. Students were challenged to read certain books and quizzed on their ability to remember what happened in the book. It was well attended by parents. This year, Saint Anthony's Elementary School won the challenge.Mar 14th:
RTA workers gathered by the Railroad tracks near RTA for a special birthday party for John Hall, Labour Relations Advisor. The party was also a chance for workers to chat with Hall without the union or RTA present, as there had been a lot of concern over recent activities at the plant.
Mid March: It was spring break and the Kitimat Museum and Archives held itís multicultural arts and crafts program. Taking advantage of the two week spring break, they put together programs about several countries and created a craft based on that country's art style or history.Mar 16th:
Barry Pankhurst attended a Committee of the Whole meeting to raise issues about school closures. It was determined by the board of trustees that there would be one school up the hill and one school down. Roy Wilcox, being the smaller of the two schools was a likely target. In addition, the high school required massive renovations. At that time, the schools would take $20,000,000 to bring up to code. He also spoke about a problem at Roy Wilcox with parents parking on a nearby street rather than using the parking lot provided for them.
Mar 16th: KUTE visited the CoW Meeting to address council about some of the problems that they were facing in the recycling industry. The cardboard ban at the Municpal City Dump had been a step in the right direction but it was expensive to transfer the cardboard from Kitimat to a recycling plant in Vancouver. Mar 18th:
The community gathered at Riverlodge for a presentation on the downsides of the Enbridge project. The presenters presented a strong case against the project using the Exxon Valdez as one of their examples. This would be the first of 3 such meetings held in the community of Kitimat.
Mar 21st: The Kitimat Multicultural society held their Annual Multicultural Potluck Dinner. The community came out to experience a night of multicultural cuisine and entertainment from around the world. In addition, the day was a day of antiracism around the world.
Mar 23rd: Kitimat Valley Disposal was at the City Council Meeting to recommend bear proof garbage cans to City Council. These bins would be easier on their workers as they were designed to be lifted with a special arm. They also suggested becoming a supplier of the bins and maintaining them as well.
Mar 23rd: Tony Brady arrived at City Council to ensure that the safety cameras would go up in timely manner after the budget process. Mayor Monaghan assured him that the report would be ready by April 9thMar 23rd:
Frank Mauro visited the Kitimat City Council to request that Municipal Manager Trafford Hall move away from the councillors and sit with the rest of the administration. Mayor Monaghan defended his position as she could communicate with him privately on matters during the council meetings.
Mar 23rd: Councillor Mario Feldhoff made a motion to make the people of Kitimat who had private septic systems exempt from paying sewer taxes. A counter argument was made by Councillor Gottschling that these taxes go to help the community as a whole. The motion was tabled.
Mar 23rd: City Council renamed the Sam Lindsay Memorial Pool to the Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre.Mar 23rd:
Dog Poop was on everyone's mind when the students of Nechako Elementary school sent letters to City Council to do something about the sight and smell of the nasty substance. The poop was an unsightly mess due to the spring melt, and the odour was due to bacterial phenomenon. Mayor Monaghan commended the students for their letters.
Mar 27th: The City Centre Mall held itís annual Spring Craft Fair. Tables of beaded items, wool craft, dolls, blankets and numerous tables of jewelery adorned the mid and lower levels of the mall.
Mar 28th: The Kitimat Boxing club held a demonstration at the Kitimat Public Library. Presentations were performed on the different aspects of the sport and some sparring was done as well.Mar 30th:
The first of the many Steve Wilson related trials began in Terrace. The initial day in court was a joke to Wilson, who refused comment. However, the Hereditary Chiefs stated that Wilson had disgraced them.Mar 31st:
The Steve Wilson Trial continued and Wilson was removed from the courtroom after fidgeting with a digital device and having his cell phone ring in the middle of the proceedings.Mar 31st:
The first court battle came to an end. Discovery hearings were called for and the Kitamaat Village Elders had to provide documents and attend.
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The day after boxing day, we will be launching into April. The pool opened to the public and sports activities were going on around the town. However, Kitimat City Council could not rest as they had to determine their 2009 budget. In addition, there was an election going on and Kitimat suffered the first of four big fires for 2009.
Kitimat Captain Gerard Baldo accepting the Rio-Tinto Alcan Cup from Tino Perreira, Sponsor RTA Manager.
Alcan workers gather to sing Happy Birthday to John Hall. It was a union free management free chance to speak to Alcan's Labour Relations Advisor
The beginning of the Steve Wilson Trial that has become infamous in the past year. Here the hereditary chiefs stand outside the courthouse
Dinner is served as the Kitimat Multicultural Society holds their annual dinner.