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COMMENTARY · 20th January 2011
Walter McFarlane
In the year 2001, the busses were not running in Prince George. If you want to see the effect such a service would have on people’s lives, place a University in the middle of nowhere and then suddenly offer no way to get to and from it if one did not have access to a vehicle.

It became common practice for people to offer strangers laden down with groceries a ride up the hill to the dorms. One such story that arose from this was the tale of a foreign exchange student from Asia. As they approached the university, there was moose along the side of the road. The driver slowed so the exchange student, having never seen a moose before, could get a good look and maybe a few pictures.

64 centimetres may not be a record setting weekend here in Kitimat but it is still a significant amount of snow. It physically changed the landscape over night. For all its frustrations, and don’t get me wrong I got stuck in it several times, it certainly creates a wonderland. While all this might seem commonplace for us, for others, it is a moose standing along the side of the road.

Growing up in Kitimat, I have heard stories of these great snowfalls where people were boxed into their homes and of snow mobiles parked on the roof.

I would like to highlight the beauty of the new fallen snow and its ability to change the landscape itself. Anyone with a Facebook account and a few friends from Kitimat has most likely seen one wonderful scene after another.

It is just another reminder that we live in paradise.

On the economic development side of things, I certainly hope to see some postcards or maybe a painting or two commemorating the "great snowfall of 2011."