Television cameras were rolling in Kitimat last week when Oh Boy productions was in town filming a new television show, "North of 49 - A Guide to the Rest of Your Life", which will begin to air on Victoria's CHEK TV on September 24th at 7:30 pm.
In May, producer, writer, director and host of the show, Stuart McNish, contacted Diane Hewlett. Manager of the Economic Promotion and Investor Services Department of the District of Kitimat, and put forward the idea of hosting one of the show's weekly episodes from Kitimat. Diane brought the opportunity to the Retire in Kitimat Task Force and over the next few months arrangements were made for filming to take place in Kitimat on August 19, 20 and the morning of August 21.
North of 49 is a news magazine show that examines issues related to being 49 plus. Show host, Stu McNish, takes viewers throught a myriad of topics related to aging well and living a long, healthy, productive and meaningful life into your 80's and beyond. The website www.ohboy.ca/N49
has clips of an episode that has been completed.
The episodes include five segments- Person of the Week, Travel, Lifestyle, Health and Money. In the episode filmed in Kitimat, which will air on October 15th, the "person" of the week will be Corinne and Ian Scott who came from Alberta to retire in Kitimat three years ago. The Scotts are avid boaters and fishers. Corinne has become very involved with community work in Kitimat including the Retire in Ktimat Task Force. Before retiring, Corinne worked for the Northern Alberta Development Authority. The knowledge and skills that she has brought from that experience have been extremely valuable to the task force.
During the remainder of the episode, the host will refer back to the Scotts and to what Kitimat has to offer retirees as he and experts discuss the benefits for retirees who are considering moving to a northern town such as Kitimat and what they need to look for in their prospective new community to insure a successful and happy retirement.
Oh Boy is in negotiations with a number of other independent television stations that will hopefully buy and air "North of 49" in the new year.