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A Human Peace Sign was formed in Down Town Kitimat. Photo Courtasy of Dwight Magee and the Rotary Club of Kitimat
REPORTING · 5th January 2010
Walter McFarlane
September was rather a peaceful month in Kitimat regardless of the incidents of the last month. A human peace sign appeared in Down Town Kitimat and Mayor Monaghan did her best to regain control of the council.

Sept 2nd: The Kitamaat Village Council express strong concerns about the Enbridge Pipeline to Enbridge. Their letters acknowledge the fact that their territory would suffer the greatest impact from Enbridge's operation as it is both the end of the pipeline and the beginning of the oil transport.

Sept 4th: The Kitimat Mountainview Alliance Church held their first chilli cookoff behind the library. Councillor Rob Goffinet, Mayor Joanne Monaghan and Fire Fighters Adam Taylor and Rick Thompson judged the 5 pots of chilli.

Sept 5th: Dark clouds over Kitimat erupted into a massive torrent of rain. Rain bounced off the sidewalks and puddles formed around the mall.

Sept 6th: Fish Stock Wrapped up at the upper level of the Kitimat City Centre Mall. Events included a dunk tank, fly tying, casting contest and kids zone.

Sept 6th: The fishing derby concluded and prizes were handed out. Lara Lychak caught the Biggest Jr. Coho, Merina Smith caught the Largest Halibut and Julie Wakita caught the largest Coho and the largest coho caught by a woman.

Sept 7th: The Canadian Auto Workers Union held their annual Labour Day Picnic at the Rod and Gun Club. Speakers included Mary Murphy, Gary Warren, Joanne Monaghan, Robin Austin and Nathan Cullen.

Sept 11th: Nechako Elementary School held a moment of silence for those who died on September 11th, 2001. The Flags were provided by MLA Robin Austin and MP Nathan Cullen.

Sept 11th: The mall was broken into again. This time, the target was M.O.Mís Cuisine which had been hit in a previous break in. This time, the theives were detered.

Sept 12th: Club day at Riverlodge drew in a crowd of parents and youth interested in signing up for the 2009 / 2010 season.

Sept 12th: Trees for tomorrow took place at Riverlodge. Trees were planted along the side of the recreation faciltiies. MLA Robin Austin, Linda Campbell and Mayor Joanne Monaghan come down to plant the first couple of trees.

Sept 14th: Mayor Joanne Monaghan took charge at the City Council Meeting. She read out the rules of engagement and shook hands with the councillors to signify their attempt to agree. Regardless, Councillor Richard McLaren still was given an opportunity to retort to Councillor Gerd Gottschling's accusations of lying, but at a later council meeting.

Sept 14th: Barb Campbell asked what is taking the security cameras so long to go up. The response was that the purchase order had been stalled.

Spet 14th: Mike Dray stepped up to speak about several topics related to the OCP. He requested that several documents that had been removed from the OCP be relooked at. One of his concerns was the topic of maintenance. He specifically mentioned the park benches, signage, and litter barrels along the walkways that were broken or missing.

Sept 14th: Yvonne Lee visited the Kitimat City Council Meeting to make a presentation on the progress being made at the animal shelter. Councillor Feldhoff made a motion to relocate remaining funds from the Radley Park fund to the animal shelter which was carried.

Sept 16th: The school board looked at the readjustments of schools within Kitimat, Terrace and Hazelton as a part of project 2010. There was an announcement that enrollment in secondary schools were up.

Sept 21st: At sunset, people gathered in the parking lot in front of the Kitimat Museum and Achives to form a human peace symbol. A Declaration of Peace had been signed by Mayor Monaghan earlier in the month.

Sept 25th: The M/V Petersfield ran aground while leaving Kitimat with a local pilot on the bridge.

Sept 26th: The Annual Toy Run started in Kitimat and roared off to Terrace as local bikers traversed the highway laden with toys to give to the Salvation Army for needy children.

Sept 27th: Organizations worked on their 2010 budget process as futher cutbacks affected BC. One in particular from August was the healthy communities program.

Sept 27th: The Ice Demons competed in exhibition matches against the Smithers Steelheads. They won one game and lost the other. In both games, the score was 3 to 2.

Sept 28th: Ken Billingsley, Past President of Kitimat Minor Hockey Association was in attendance at the City Council Meeting on September 28th to present AED Units to both Tamitik Arena and the Kitimat Ice Rink.

Sept 28th: There was an impromptu update on what is taking the cameras so long to install. One of the key reasons being that the equipment can no longer be stored at the RCMP detatchment, it has to be stored at the public safety building.

Sept 28th: The Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre reopened after itís check up.

Sept 30th: Concerned residents of Kitimat attended a special presentation on the Tar Sands, Enbridge Pipeline and Oil Tankers. Greg Brown took the first presentation on the Tarsands. Phil Germuth spoke about the pipeline project. Par Norman asked multiple questions that he thought people should be asking about the tanker traffic. Dieter Wagner spoke on the topic of the responsibility that Enbridge would have in the case of a disaster and followed it up with where the department of fisheries and oceans stands on this.

Commentaries:

A conciliatory Approach to Oil Transport by Merv Ritchie.

Elections in BC and Afghanistan by Doug McArthur

The NTL Powerline Fiasco or Big Picture by Merv Ritchie.

Come back tomorrow for October and the #1 event in Kitimat as sleeted by the Kitimat Daily Staff.
A lot of rain came down on Kitimat and was over in a matter of minutes during the first week of September.
A lot of rain came down on Kitimat and was over in a matter of minutes during the first week of September.
The M/V Petersfield ran aground while they were leaving Kitimat.  This event raised a lot of concern about vessels leaving the community
The M/V Petersfield ran aground while they were leaving Kitimat. This event raised a lot of concern about vessels leaving the community
The students of Nechako Elementary School lower the flags to half mast to remember the lives lost in the World Trade Centre on September 11th
The students of Nechako Elementary School lower the flags to half mast to remember the lives lost in the World Trade Centre on September 11th
Pictures taken during this years toy run in Kitimat and Terrace.
Pictures taken during this years toy run in Kitimat and Terrace.