October was a good month for opinion and why not. Early in the month, the court case between the Kitamaat Village Elders and Steve Wilson is going on. Then there was the McLaren Fiasco at Kitimat City Council. Finally, at the end of the Month, West Frasier makes they're crippling announcement. However, first of all, there was a date missed from September that needs to go up.
Sept 18th: The University of Northern British Columbia and Kitimat Valley Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding. In addition, Rio Tinto Alcan and the District of Kitimat granted the university $70,000 towards their training programs.Oct: 1st:
The trial in which Steve Wilson accused the Haisla Elders for slander began. The trail concerned alledged fraud in the BCUC process
at the Union of BC municipalities, Regional District of Kitimat Stikine Chair Harry Nyce was elected president.
Oct 3rd: Here fishy fishy wrapped up. The winner of the grand prize went to "Provider," by Brian Grant Jr. from Terrace.
Oct 4th: Kitimat’s Weekend Hockey League began. Three new teams, Alcan, Mayday Plumbing and the Kitimat All Stars joined Aurora Marine, Worley Parsons Westmar and the Outlaws.
October 4th: The Terrace Riverkings played against The Kitimat Ice Demons. The Kitimat Ice Demons came out 6-4 over the Riverkings.
Oct 5th: The Annual Appointees Dinner took place at the Hirsche Creek Golf and Winter Club. Volunteers from around Kitimat came out to be recognized and introduced to other workers. Special thanks went to Barb Campbell, David Brown and Debbie Rocha who were retiring from their committees.Oct 6th:
RCMP executed a search warrant on the offices of the Kitamaat Village Council, removing several pieces of computer related equipment. This related to a complaint that private telephone calls were being recorded and intercepted.
October 7th, 8th and 9th: Curling opened up at the Hirsch Creek Golf and Winter Club to give people a chance to try the sport out, practice and see if they were ready to curl.
Oct 8th: The Kitimat Public Library held their annual Thanksgiving Craft Day . Kids of all ages came to build a collage from materials which were provided.Oct 9th:
The Steve Wilson Trial went into a two week recess.Oct 9th:
The Kitimat Museum and Archives opened a new exhibit, the collection of Mike Avery. Dubbed “Out of the Box” the display was one of toys from the 80s, 90s and 2000. Collections included Ninja Turtles, Star Wars and Star Trek figures that he had collected, most of which were out of the box. In addition, there was an amalgamation of toy artwork created by Kitimat youth.Oct 10th:
The Kitimat Health Advocacy group meeting showed great concern for the Hospital. Topics included retention of Nurses, unions and much more. There was a great concern
in the group that Northern Health Authority was trying to pull services out of Kitimat.
Oct 12th: The Ice Demons took on Williams Lake. They tied the first game ending in a shoot out, but lost the second.Oct 13th:
Councillor Richard McLaren included a letter to council describing a tour of Rio Tinto Alcan that he took with Councillors Rob Goffinet and Randy Halyk. He included his own interpretations of what he saw.Oct 13th:
Rob Goffinet gave council a report on the activities at the UBCM: meetings with health care officials about the state of the hospital, talking with other communities about the topic of industrial taxation and Regional District Chair, Harry Nyce being elected president of the UBCM. Kitimat was well represented.Oct 14th:
The school board met to discuss how school services would be changed as a part of project 2012. For Kitimat, changes are expected to happen in 2012 with the transfer to the middle school concept.Oct 14th:
With 5085 students in the School System for the Sacred Circle, enrollment is up from June, but down from last September.Oct 14th:
The School Board announced that Ms. Wernli-Roy’s French Emerson class John Field Elementary School in Hazelton was given the honour of sending a message to space.
Oct 17th: The Ice Demons won against the Prince Rupert Rampage 7-3.
Oct 17th: It was a night of celebration for former Mayor Richard Wozney. He was given a proper retirement party for his many years of service to the community. He was granted several honours including the keys to the city, a street named in his honour and a roast where the speakers found it hard to say anything bad about him.Oct 18th:
The Annual Aluminum City Telethon hit $43,834 as it reached its close. Although this was a less than last year the Telethon itself was one hour shorter. The entertainment was terrific and host Monique Millar did an excellent job.
Mid October: Hard workers from Envision Financial assisted another local bank, the Kitimat Food Bank.
Mid October: A surviving plant from the original Kitimat General Hospital which was rescued by Mayor Joanne Monaghan was transplanted at the new hospital site.Mid October:
After the Petersfield broke it’s nose leaving Kitimat, a meeting was held between Council and the Pilotage Authority. The topic of the Petersfield left concern with the community over the tanker traffic coming here.
Oct: 21st: The Skeena Summit began in Terrace. Business leaders from across the Sacred Circle come to discuss ways that they could improve the region.
Oct 22nd: The Kitimat Public Library held their Fall Book Sale.
Oct 22nd: The Kitamaat Village opened their brand new Fire Hall. Fire Chiefs from around the Sacred Circle come out to celebrate the opening of the new hall. Alex Grant Jr, Rod Bolton, Annie Woods and Dan Paul Sr. cut the ribbon. The building was blessed by Clifford Smith.
Oct 25th: The Smithers Steelheads took on the Ice Demons but lost. The score was 5-4.Oct 26th:
Councillor Richard McLaren received his chance to explain to the people of Kitimat why he is not a liar. He blamed the Kitimat and Terrace Dailies for their reporting of the events. Gottschling wished to respond at a later council meeting. However, more important matters took precedent.
Oct 26th: The Steve Wilson Trials in Terrace reconvened.Oct 28th… 2 pm
The press release came in: an annoucement that West Fraser planned to close Eurocan on January 31st, 2010. Kitimat reeled from the news. Questions were raised about the Black Liquor Subsidy
. Nathan Cullen held a strategic planning session with hope that “Kitimat would rebound.”
He also attacked the 30 Million Black Liquor Subsidy
that the company was receiving. While the BC Government offered notihing in the way of Transistion funding
Oct 29th: Mess closed due to flu.
Oct 30th: Highway 37 flooded just beyond Hirsch Creek Park at Ling's Pond. Beavers were blamed for the incident.
Oct 30th: Both the Mall and Riverlodge held Halloween events for the kids in Kitimat. At the mall, stores handed out candy to kids in costumes. At Riverlodge, penny carnival booths were set up to allow for safe trick or treating.Oct 30th:
Rio Tinto Alcan held an Investors Seminar where they put aside 5 billlion dollars for 2010 for capital projects. They explained that they put the same amount aside for 2009.Oct 31st:
The BC Government overturned a BCUC recomendation and ordered BC Hydro to buy 60,000 Megawatt hours of hydro electricity from private power producers.
Oct 31st: It was Halloween and one house, 66(6) Partridge went all out for Christmas, decorated in the style of Krumpus, the season where bad boys and girls get punished.
Commentaries:Tanker Traffic Risk. A Letter to the District of Kitimat
by Margaret OuwehandKTIDS, Roger Harris, Wilson, Etc.
by Phil Germuth.Offering a Retraction on Previous Topic
by Walter McFarlane.Are Spill Chances Nil
and About Douglas Channel Watch
by Dieter Wagner.Kitimat Reels From Nail in Coffin
by Walter McFarlane.Eurocan - a Review of the Last Year
by Walter McFarlane.Is it Kemano Completion Time?
by Merv Ritchie.
A street fit for a king. Brian Wakita bestows Former Mayor Richard Wozney a great honour, a street in his name.
Fire fighters gather at the opening of a Firehall in the village. Deputy Fire Chief of Kitimat Fire Department Trent Bossence with Fire Chiefs: Peter Weeber (Terrace), Alex Grant (Kitamat Village),
A collection or art? Mike Avery with some of his favourites.
The rain forced water onto the highway at Ling's Pond.