CONTRIBUTION · 25th July 2010
Dear Premier Campbell,
I have received a letter from Chief Councillor Dolores Pollard in response to the invitation I sent to her and others at the Village of Kitamaat. As you can plainly see, she refers to other letters documenting an ongoing discussion about the Eurocan Closure. In these letters, it indicates that the Haisla are in discussions with Mr. Kenneth Howes, Manager of First Nations Consultation and Negotiation and Ian Sharp, Regional Manager Skeena Region, Environmental Protection Division. To engage the Haisla on the Closure of Eurocan.
My concern is where the Viability Group fits into this scenario. Surly we had a right to know that this negotiation was going on. The District of Kitimat, the Union, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Forest Ministry, the Rural Secretariat, and NDIT have all invested in a study that proves that Eurocan is a viable mill and can run with a profit by using the Poyry model. Armed with the information that the Haisla and the government are engaged to make sure Eurocan stays closed, we may not have followed the path we did, how the Provincial Government could support our endeavor and the Haisla at the same time smacks of hypocrisy. We have been fighting the shortsightedness of West Fraser, the Haisla and now it seems the indecision of government.
I relied on the good graces of government all through this, and the Viability Committee has been open and transparent throughout, yet it seems that your own Ministers are not communicating amongst themselves or are, which would prove hypocrisy. We have spent in the hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to be accountable to our community with the Province investing $20,000 dollars and a further $20,000 from NDIT.
It can only hope that there are no other back room deals struck that make it impossible for this model to go forward and create positive change in this region. What a phenomenal waste of time and money if this is the case.
Randy Halyk is a District of Kitimat sitting elected Councillor
Comment by Brian Grant on 28th July 2010
Allan, how soon you forget the fishes we Haisla's ,harvest dont actully mean anything to you industry people.
Eurocan was found guilty& Fined; of Polluting the Kitimat river, yet ..you and other Kitimat city councils & Industry CEO's, Chamber of Commerce..past & present continue to say theres nothing wrong with the tainted Kitimat River and waters..Facts are there!
In the 70's i fished for Oolichan with my Grandfather & Dad along the Kitimat River, when we found out it was polluted, we spoke out with our community and Industry fell on deaf ears. Until few years ago...Industry was found Guilty
Kemano as well.........when Industry disrupts a river or creek..Fish Species will dwindle, and cause fishing areas to be non existant. If you want proof go ask our Communities Fisheries, they have been monitoring these areas for years, along with DFO
Comment by Brian Grant on 27th July 2010
I believe Kitimat City Council, should get there facts straight before crying foul. The article about Haisla asking the Provincial Government to cease Eurocan??? Wth is this Kitimat City's councillor starting up...Randy Halyk.
It was the City of Kitimat, & Chamber of Commerce; that turned a Blindside of Environmental issues when Eurocan was found guilty, on more than few Environmental occasions, causing penalties and fines for the company to pay; few years ago of polluting the Kitimat River .
Haislas are never against Eurocan , we have our people whom were laid off at Eurocan to..; but wish the Mill would better keep up there Environmental issues of an outdated Mill!
This issues was on the Table long before Eurocan closed & Now Kitimat City Council & its Viability Group finally has something to say
Environmental issues still need to be addressed!
Haisla negotiations re: Eorocan closure...
Comment by Allan Hewitson on 27th July 2010
The Haisla have not taken oolichan from the Kitimat River fot 25 years. For several years they accepted "compensation" fro Eorocan for unsupported river water tainting og the taste of ooichan. They continue to blame industry for the reduction of numbers of oolichan in this river despite solid evidence that oolichan numers have dropped dramatically in many other rivers, including the Kemano, where Alcan gets the "blame."
Returning large numbers of oolichan to the Kitimat River is likely a doomed exercise...