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REPORTING · 17th September 2014
Walter McFarlane
Louise Avery, Curator of the Kitimat Museum and Archives came before Council on Monday, September 15th to talk about the exhibit: Kitimat Question’s Energy. It opened on August 30th and will run until October the 18th.

“It is engaging residents and visitors on discussing energy production, type and use and the issues that surround them and our energy future. Oil and gas, solar, biomass… we are looking at all of those areas. That is in our upstairs gallery,” said Avery.

She invited the community and visitors to come and take a look at what they have. She explained that as an affiliate partner of the Canada Science and Technology Museum, they were able to gain access to interactive activities which include an Energy Kiosk which is loaded with Content about Canadian Energy, as well as a thermal imaging camera and a rare earth magnet activity.

This Thursday, September 18th, they will be showing the movie Switch at 7:30 Pm in their upstairs gallery. It is a US film which looks at the United States and their concerns about their energy future. Avery said it was an interesting film.

In addition, they plan to have a presentation on Canada’s Energy Policy and Strategy. On Saturday October 4th, from 2-4:30, they have invited two experts in energy, Dr. Kathryn Harrison from UBC and Dr. Andrew Leach from U of A.

“Both are coming to discuss possibilities, with a strategy for Canada and the way forward as well as Canada’s current policy on energy,” said Avery.

The final event is with Gregroy Kalember, a film maker from the United States who does documentaries. He has done the “Rational Middle” which is 21 films. They are going to show his work at Mount Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday, October 16th. Admission is $10 and they are at the Kitimat Museum and Archives.

Avery stated it would great to come out and learn about Canada’s Energy. Kalember has done three films on Canada’s energy: “Energy’s Crossroad on Dawson Creek,” “Canada’s Way Forward, Finding a Path to the Energy Future,” and “Canada’s Energy 101.”

“Sounds like a lot of exciting things,” said Mayor Joanne Monaghan.

Councillor Mary Murphy asked if there was a problem accessing the upper level of the museum for the movie “Switch.” Avery replied there would be, but she asked anyone who would like to see it to call the museum and they will try to set it up another night in an accessible venue.