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REPORTING · 6th May 2015
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council saw a presentation from Vickey Kokesch, Chair of the Kitimat Community Fair Grounds on Monday, May 4th. She was there to present to Council a Bull-O-Rama Update.

“Good news,” said Kokesch. “We’re positively moving forward with Bull-O-Rama 2015. The benefits to our community are just too big to ignore, even when Eurocan shut down, we did the Bull-O-Rama to support the community and say, we need something fun here. We need something positive. We bring businesses into Kitimat with this event and we’ve got a great reputation inside the rodeo community which is huge.”

She said this year; they were supporting the Kitimat Hospital Foundation, the Kinsmen, The Figure Skating Club, Karate, Dragonboat, SPCA and the Drama Club. Even the playground project for Kildala which was presented to Council earlier in the meeting was on their books.

“We have two weeks. Within those two weeks, we need to decide, are we going to go forward with this event anymore,” said Kokesch. “We’re losing money. Snowflake is promoting the event, we’re positive about it, but we’re losing money because of this dispute. We have some fantastic businesses in town that are supporting us and they will lose money too because the event does not go ahead.”

She told Council she has lived in Kitimat and raised a family and the facilities are awesome. Now a retired taxpayer, she finds the dispute has disadvantaged her.

“I want the facilities open. I want my grandkids to learn how to swim,” said Kokesch. “If your strategy is to starve out your workers, you’re starving out other people too. Consider that. […] Please. Get these guys back to the table, both parties. Get it resolved. Doing nothing is just not an option.”