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CONTRIBUTION · 11th April 2014
Ingo Oevermann
Come on, Kitimat – You know you want that oil pipeline money to pay for all the latest toys. No need to worry about your great, great grandkids. By the time they’re here, the oil and that nasty pipeline will be long gone.

To be fair and honest, you really need to look on the bright side:Your great, great grandkids won’t have to shovel snow, build snowmen with their kids, or ski on Shames Mountain – there won’t be any snow.Temperatures in Kitimat could average about 30 C. all year round, so there will be some new pastimes – like sitting in the shade and panting. At least they won’t be paying a lot for electric heat – they won’t need it.They can spend more time fishing at the river. Oops, forgot; there won’t be any salmon runs left. Maybe no fish in the Douglas Channel either. Oh well, at least they’ll be able to play golf at Christmas.

They won’t have to use any money going to Hawaii or Mexico – the primevacation resorts will be Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, but only in the winter. Fruits and vegetables will be SO much cheaper – the best gardens will be in the Peace, N.W.T. or Nunavut, unless the whole north has been fracked. Um, about that smelter – it runs on Kemano Hydro, but the Ootsa/Tahts a watershed could be just a little puddle, so the smelter might not be running. The oceans should be rising by 10 to 15 feet, so a home in Kildala might be a poor investment – most folks will be living up in Nechako or Whitesail.

Sure hope you’re excited about these many new benefits for your great, great grandkids. Please - make the right vote for a better tomorrow!

Thanks very much.

Ingo Oevermann, in beautiful, fragile Smithers.