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REPORTING · 1st March 2012
Walter McFarlane
Much to the chagrin of Mayor Joanne Monaghan, the Budget meeting on February 27th began with a new business item from Councillor Rob Goffinet. Councillor Corrine Scott offered to make it two with a discussion about User Fees. Her topic would come up in the budget discussions themselves.

Goffinet stated the Mayor and Council has been invited to meet with the board of Northwest Community College. He stated with the colleges discussions on the collage budget, it would be prudent for as many Councillors as possible to attend the meeting. Four Councillors raised their hand to let the Council know they would be in attendance including Goffinet, Scott and Councillor Phil Germuth.

Last month, at the January 23rd committee of the whole, Councillor Mary Murphy expressed concern about Collegeís deficit. She expressed at the time the first thing they would look at is closing collages and suggested meeting with them as Kitimatís Campus has been on the chopping block before.

Northwest Community College itself has stated in media articles they are looking at layoffs at their campusís. Read more about it on the Collage and University Press Website here.

Goffinet also announce the 35th anniversary of the Tamitik Status of Women who will be at the Mount Elizabeth Theatre on March the 8th. Monaghan said she will be speaking at the event. This means three Councillors will be in attendance.

Finally, the Community Clerk, Walter McLellan is holding a Personal Harassment Training Session. Goffinet wished to attend drawing laughter from the rest of Council.
Bullying right on Camera
Comment by LINDA HALYK on 1st March 2012
Harassment and bullying comes in many forms.
After what I just read I would suggest the whole of Council and Mayor attend this session.

Laughing at Councilor Goffinet for asking to attend a session, any session, is a perfect example of bullying. He deserves a public apology from all of you who laughed at him, and a promise from all of you that the bullying will stop.