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REPORTING · 3rd December 2013
Walter McFarlane
Mayor Joanne Monaghan kicked off Council with her regular good news on Monday, December 2nd.

“In the past two weeks, I have had 25 meetings and Council is not very far behind me. Some are the tire kickers and some have some great information but we greet them all with the same hope that they will bring prosperity to your community,” said Monaghan.

Councillor Mary Murphy met with the Age friendly Committee and Councillor Corinne Scott met with the Hospital Foundation.

Monaghan gave out the awards for the Film Face. “The District had a 50th anniversary film contest,” said Monaghan. “It was for the kids at Mount Elizabeth.”

The third place winner was Eugene Chang, for his film, Our Kitimat. Monaghan expressed the Judges liked the narration, unique angles and variety of youth used. The second place went to Carrissa Woods-Robinson for her film: Changes. She took her award for the creative use of original music and imagery of Kitimat, then and now. First place went to Zachary Minaker, for his film, my Kitimat. Monaghan stated the judges were impressed with the number of activities squeezed into it and the energy of the film.

Monaghan was interviewed by the Aboriginal Ministry. West Jet had their first flight to Terrace. Alta gas had an open house. Monaghan and Poole met with Scott Baily from Environmental Assessment. Monaghan met with Susannah Perce from Shell. They met with Rene Talbert where they discussed Clio Bay. Council met with Frank Boken who is doing the Environmental Assessment for Shell. Monaghan stated if the public has any questions on major projects they should attend the open houses and ask them.

Monaghan told the public that they have had many meetings on affordable housing and hoped to have a solution soon. Council met with Minister Coralee Oakes in a conference call regarding many issues including affordable Housing, bridge, roads and a proposed clinic.

This morning, she was interview by CBC radio about the Out From the Cold Initiative. She explained how the Cold Weather shelter is going to be located in the former Council Chambers in the Public Safety Building. She stated this is a pilot project so they can see how it works and learn from their mistakes and what they have done right.

Monaghan stated the Fire Hall or the RCMP should be alerted in case of finding a homeless person. “No one should be left out in the weather like we are having right now,” said Monaghan.