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REPORTING · 27th September 2012
Walter McFarlane
Doctor Greg Halseth from UNBC came before Council on Monday, September 17th to talk about the research he and his team are doing in Kitimat.

“Since I was last here, we have been busy on our different projects, in and around the community. First of all, with the Social Impact Group, the Interagency Group: We put together a revised plan with them last winter and we’ve been meeting with them regularly, it’s been really successful,” said Halseth.

In the spring, they met with the Impact Management Group about industrial projects which are coming on steam. They received information about moving forwards and sharing information. It was very successful.

Halseth stated his group had a pair of longer term projects. One was about tracking social and economic changes which are going on in Kitimat right now. He has contacted Council and Staff and a follow up was scheduled to take place in the week following the meeting.

They have also been tracking the debates which have been going on in the community. In particular, housing. They will be joined in this round of questions by two staff members from BC housing.

The second project concerned the activity in the Peace River Region and how Peace River could share their experiences. The research was based on a question brought forward by the Kitimat Terrace Economic Development Society. This research was brought forward in Terrace the following Tuesday and the report would be available within the week.