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REPORTING · 15th November 2010
Walter McFarlane
The third question was about disabilities and seniors in Kitimat, first off, why there were no community bus stops for the bus to Terrace at the top of the hill. Second, the speaker wanted to know why there were no delivery services or discounts at the grocery stores.

Debby Rauhanen said Kitimat needed more facilities and transportation for seniors in the town.

Edwin Empinado reminded the audience Kitimat is an aging population and needed to be proactive in helping the seniors. With the lack of home support and the amount of beds in extended care, the seniors are being ejected from the community. He wanted to restore those services.

Michelle deLisser stated promoting retirement was fine, but if they do not have the facilities or people who could help people with disabilities, people will suffer. She suggested businesses make things more affordable for seniors and people with disabilities.

Linda Campbell reflected on a phone call she received in regards to parking in the community as there were not enough parking stalls for people with disabilities and people are using them whether they need them or not. She stated Kitimat needed to have the proper facilities, roads and sidewalks. She said they need to let the government know Kitimat needs help.

Corinne Scott said there was a location at the top of the hill for a bus stop. They would need to talk with Northern Health about it. As for senior shopping, she stated Shoppers Drug Mart is already doing this and the Chamber of Commerce should be able to set up a promotion. She added she would like to form a committee to push forward accessibility.

Mary Murphy said there needed to be improvement in accessibility but there has already been an improvement. She said it would have to be communicated to Council so it could be brought to budget.