CONTRIBUTION · 2nd November 2011
What is the significant reason why are you running for Council?
I have always been fully committed in serving the community for over 30 years as a councillor and the last three years as Mayor, and I would like to continue that role. Kitimat is like a sleeping giant just waiting to wake up and I want to be serving as Mayor when it awakens. I have worked with so many industries and projects which are on the cusp of starting full time or announcing their intent….KLNG, BCLNG, SHELL CANADA, PYTRADE and the mall revitalization including a hotel. WE HAVE THE POTENTIAL. Mayor and council must nurture it.
What is the issue in the community do you see as the largest hurdle for the success in Kitimat?
There are several……. We need water access. RTA owns most of the water front. Kitimat needs a wharf so the industries which want to locate here can ship their product from here.
The West side road development is a must so industries locating there have access and along with that an industrial corridor.
We Must have a united council, one that can look at an issue, have pros and cons and make a rational decision.
What is your stance on Enbridge, in favour of, opposed to or neutral? Why?
I remain neutral as by council motion. The Mayor is obligated to take the stand the council dictates. I can see benefits from the jobs, however if a spill occurs it would be negative. I look forward to the environmental review. However, will we even have a choice if the government wants it to go ahead.?????
When we started this election, there were 13 candidates for Alderman. This number has dropped to twelve. Is thirteen a lucky number for Kitimat or is Twelve? Why?
I am glad to see so many interested in the future of Kitimat and allowing their name to stand to make a difference.
In my 3 year term as Mayor I have established 3 Task Forces.
1. THE HOUSING TASK FORCE. We were successful in obtaining grant money to determine what type of housing we need in Kitimat now and in the future for Seniors, individuals with disabilities, and assisted living. The feasibility study is under way.
2. FERRY TASK FORCE . .Funds for the Feasibility study have been secured through Apache and NDI, The study will look at Klemtu, Bella Bella, and Hartley Bay to determine their needs for service, medical care, education, and jobs. Also tourism will be looked at. These interests have been put to the front.
3 UNSIGHTLY PREMISES. The Task Force has asked the Council to have a motion asking the Administration to put teeth into our “unsightly premises” bylaws. This has been successful. To date we have one demolition permit and an on site inspection by the firemen and myself later on this month at Nechako Centre.
I have been working with a film crew to film Monkey Beach, a book by Eden Robinson from Kitamaat Village. She was given the Lt.Gov. award for being the author. It would be a world class film and we hope that it can be filmed in 2011 or 2012.
A much needed wharf is being pursued to ship commodities from several industries waiting for this service from our community. The first site visit has been completed. It was very positive and the company will be meeting with Premiere Christy Clark when she is in China this month.
We must be vigilant and work for the hospital expansion in extended care and more hospital beds. We must create room for the services needed as we have an aging community and also an expanding community.
Snow clearing is an issue that we must look at as last winter the citizens did not find it adequate.
If you have any questions, please call me at 250 632 7512.
Comment by MR.Ocean on 2nd November 2011
The institute reports that Enbridge was responsible for 610 spills that released more than 5.5 million gallons of oil between 1999 and 2008. The total is about half of what spilled from the Exxon Valdez after it ran aground in the Prince William Sound in Alaska in 1989.
Nows not the time to be neutral !