REPORTING · 14th February 2015
In 2014, the Kitimat Northern Sentential celebrated its 60th anniversary. On January 30th, 2015, an exhibit highlighting issues of the newspaper going back through Kitimat’s history were put on display.
“We put together a show of Northern Sentinel Front Pages throughout our 60 year run and gathered a few artifacts left over from the presses and highlighted the history of the paper,” said Cameron Orr, Editor of the Northern Sentinel.
He told us the paper started as a shack down near the smelter site in 1954. There were a number of former workers on the Northern Sentinel who worked on the press who were present.
Orr told us the hard part of putting the exhibit together was going through the many papers which were published over the 60 years, as there were weekly and even daily papers to go through.
“A lot of the ones I picked out were pages that have stories with relevance to today, housing developments, trying to get a ferry into town, the first pour which is coming up again with the modernization. It’s really hard to peg down what’s happening in the history. It’s continuous, the stories just keep developing,” said Orr.
We asked Orr what his favourite story in the exhibit was. Orr found one story about a condo which was supposed to built on Smith Street exciting because it had people up in arms in a similar fashion to concerns about housing today.
“I find it funny that going back 20 years you have the same story on another street happening,” said Orr.