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REPORTING · 18th November 2011
Walter McFarlane
The next questioner asked what they saw as Kitimat’s most significant problems.

Jim Thom said we are behind in our planning, the RCMP is behind, the Ambulance is understaffed, the extended care does not have enough room. He pointed out the hospital knows about the Baby boom and should have been ready for it. He said they needed a service corridor not just for the LNG but for these other companies who want to come to Kitimat.

Randy Halyk said Planning is the biggest issue in Kitimat. We need leadership and a strategic plan to make this community strong. We need to bring the industry here and get them to share the wealth. There are many other things which need to be done. They need to have more long term beds to free up the short term beds in the Hospital.

Joanne Monaghan said Apache, BC LNG and the other LNG plants have met with the government concerning a road. She said Apache is building a road but it keeps failing because of the terrain. She said they are working with Northern Health. They say we are a declining population but we say we are an exploding population. She said we need a wharf. 5 companies want to move their products out but do not have a wharf.