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REPORTING · 12th May 2014
Walter McFarlane
Two students from Italy are visiting Kitimat this week. Francesca Bailoni and Stefania Tonelli were picked up at the Airport by John Allsop. Their plane arrived on Thursday, May 8th and they’ve already had a warm welcome from the community. The purpose for their trip is to understanding the situation in Kitimat right now.

“We’ll be hearing both sides because that’s the way this visit was planned,” said Laura Pedrotti, one of two teachers accompanying the students on this trip.

They plan to meet with Alcan, Environmentalists, go down the Douglas Channel. Friday, they talked with residents of Kitimat with Italian ancestry over coffee about what life was like for immigrants.

“There is a strong sense of community here, which is amazing, because you have many groups, people who share the same passions, societies so people can blend and, at the same time, there are groups that by nationality meet,” said Pedrotti. “I think it’s a great thing and what I hear from the people of Kitimat is Kitimat is a great place.”

Two teachers are accompanying them, Stefano Amato, who teaches Science and Pedrotti, an English teacher.