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COMMENTARY · 12th October 2012
Walter McFarlane
I’ve said before, as a part of my Five Year Anniversary Month, one thing I do not like to see is a good idea wasted. This one in particular, however, has a recent update.

In February, 2009, Kitimat held its first Winter Festival. Several events were being organized for the month and someone put forward a suggestion to combine them into a weeklong event.

The first event was the departure of the Canadian Rangers from Kitimat via snowmobile on a training / sovereignty exercise across northern Canada.

There was a maze built in the Kitimat City Centre Mall Parking lot, ‘sleigh’ rides (from the back of a parade float), the Maple Syrup Festival which was put on by the Associations of Francophones and Franophiles du Nord Oust (AFFNO) and the Rail Jam.

Now, the only part of the Winter Festival which remains is the Rail Jam. AFFNO has moved their offices to Prince Rupert and the Councillors who were working on the festival picked up several new priorities when Eurocan closed. However, this story might just have a happy ending.

A few weeks ago, I was discussing several of the stories which I was considering writing for my October Anniversary Articles with Elizabeth MacDonald from the food share program. During this discussion, I mentioned planning to write about 5 community initiatives which fell apart.

The first, which I wrote about last week, was the bear care bylaw. The other 3 will be brought forward next week.

I was talking to MacDonald at the Public Market on Sunday and she told me she took the concept back to Kitimat Community Services Society.

“We’re hoping to do it; Kitimat Community Services has wanted to do something on the newly created stat for family day. February 11th is that day this year and we want to do something with the Chamber of Commerce to do a Winter Festival type of event,” said MacDonald.

She also hoped it would have a literacy theme promoting the French Language in Kitimat. We would like to wish them luck with this endeavour.