REPORTING · 26th February 2012
Doctor Greg Halseth, a professor from UNBC stepped up to Kitimat City Council. He expressed he brings his students to Kitimat to show them the community. He is also working with the interagency group to assist them in dealing with the rebuild of the smelter and the changes in the economy.
“What I’d like to introduce tonight though is something that is coming out of one of the hats that I wear and that’s in terms of our research work. As you all know, sixty-ish years ago, a bold new experiment was attempted in the hinterland Northern regions of our province and that experiment was Kitimat, a large industrial project following through the second world war years of industrial development,” said Halseth.
He explained other communities in Canada were patterned on Kitimat because it was successful at blending community and social services. The model is being renovated, leading the way for the other communities patterned after it.
This creates an opportunity to look at the community and how it will work through the transformation. A research project is starting which will bring a research team to Kitimat three times a year over the next 6-7 years. It will talk to the community, businesses, governing groups and volunteers to see how they manage and work through the processes.
He invited members of the community to get involved by contacting him. Mayor Joanne Monaghan said it was exciting as she has lived in Kitimat for forty years and now, a new evolution of Kitimat is beginning.