Jacob Lubberts

The ‘Who To Call When To Call’ brochures contain information for businesses and residents on when to call the RCMP’s emergency and non-emergency line, the bylaw department, the BC conservation officer service, and animal control. (Kitimat Chamber of Commerce photo)

Kitimat Chamber of Commerce spreads insight on ‘Who To Call When To Call’

The brochures give necessary phone numbers for when authority is needed

The ‘Who To Call When To Call’ brochures contain information for businesses and residents on when to call the RCMP’s emergency and non-emergency line, the bylaw department, the BC conservation officer service, and animal control. (Kitimat Chamber of Commerce photo)
The office space proposed by Jack Oviatt, owner of J. Oviatt Contracting, has been put on pause until district staff can tackle the application from a policy directive to figure out how the Strawberry Meadows area will develop in the future. (J. Oviatt Contracting photo)

Strawberry Meadows office buildings paused

The development has been denied until more community engagement is made

The office space proposed by Jack Oviatt, owner of J. Oviatt Contracting, has been put on pause until district staff can tackle the application from a policy directive to figure out how the Strawberry Meadows area will develop in the future. (J. Oviatt Contracting photo)
The Kitimat fire crew stood in front of the flags at half mast on Sept. 11 to remember and honour those firefighters who served in 9/11. Pictured are Probationary Firefighter Johnston, left, Acting Captain Bemis, Firefighter Jerrett, Deputy Chief Collier, Chief Bossence, Deputy Chief Bizarro, Firefighter Miller, Probationary Firefighter Wakita, and Firefighter Ortiz. Sept. 11, 2020. (District of Kitimat photo)

Kitimat emergency responders facing employee burnout

“For us, it’s extremely busy and it’s something we’ve never seen nor really had to deal with.”

The Kitimat fire crew stood in front of the flags at half mast on Sept. 11 to remember and honour those firefighters who served in 9/11. Pictured are Probationary Firefighter Johnston, left, Acting Captain Bemis, Firefighter Jerrett, Deputy Chief Collier, Chief Bossence, Deputy Chief Bizarro, Firefighter Miller, Probationary Firefighter Wakita, and Firefighter Ortiz. Sept. 11, 2020. (District of Kitimat photo)
An Earthquakes Canada map image shows the pink dot location of a 4.6 magnitude earthquake on the North Coast of BC felt in Prince Rupert and Kitimat on July 28. The yellow dots indicate earthquakes in the last 30 days. (image: Earthquakes Canada)

Anxious hours for Kitamaat Village residents after powerful Alaska earthquake felt in B.C.

The quake registered 125 km SW of Kitimat, 139 km SSE of Prince Rupert, and 172 km SSW of Terrace

An Earthquakes Canada map image shows the pink dot location of a 4.6 magnitude earthquake on the North Coast of BC felt in Prince Rupert and Kitimat on July 28. The yellow dots indicate earthquakes in the last 30 days. (image: Earthquakes Canada)
The partially completed permanent bridge; and the temporary bridge across the Kitimat River to the townsite, in 1955. (Sylvia Anderson Collection - Kitimat Museum and Archives)

It’s Our Heritage: Walter Thorne

Spanning the River for 67 Years

The partially completed permanent bridge; and the temporary bridge across the Kitimat River to the townsite, in 1955. (Sylvia Anderson Collection - Kitimat Museum and Archives)
Unifor Local 2301 members picketing outside of the Rio Tinto smelter in Kitimat BC. (Jacob Lubberts photo)

Unifor Local 2301 publicly states what they are fighting for in collective agreement

Unifor said Rio Tinto proposed cutting vision and dental coverage for retired employees

Unifor Local 2301 members picketing outside of the Rio Tinto smelter in Kitimat BC. (Jacob Lubberts photo)
3D rendering of the potential spray park made by Graham Pitzel and RecTec Industries. Though Pitzel offered two potential site options for the spray park, the rendering in this photo is conceptualized for the Lions Park site, in the downtown core beside the Tamitik Status of Women building. (RecTec photo/design)

District exploring idea for Kitimat water park

Pitzel believes the location of the waterpark would be ideal at Lions Park in the downtown area

3D rendering of the potential spray park made by Graham Pitzel and RecTec Industries. Though Pitzel offered two potential site options for the spray park, the rendering in this photo is conceptualized for the Lions Park site, in the downtown core beside the Tamitik Status of Women building. (RecTec photo/design)
Unifor Local 2301 members picketing outside of Rio Tinto. (Jacob Lubberts photo)

BC Labour Relations Board lay down the law during labour dispute

Contractors are being heckled by union members as they drive through the picket lines

Unifor Local 2301 members picketing outside of Rio Tinto. (Jacob Lubberts photo)
Sylvia, a long-term care resident at Mountainview Lodge in Kitimat, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination clinic on January 21. (Northern Health photo)

64% of Kitimat residents are fully vaccinated and counting

Kitimat is staying on top of its vaccines by having one of the highest vaccine rates in the province

Sylvia, a long-term care resident at Mountainview Lodge in Kitimat, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination clinic on January 21. (Northern Health photo)
Unifor Local 2301 members outside of the Rio Tinto smelter. (Jacob Lubberts photo)

Rio Tinto smelter cutting aluminum production to one-third of normal workload

Rio Tinto is gradually taking smelting pots offline so the reduction unit can be safely operated

Unifor Local 2301 members outside of the Rio Tinto smelter. (Jacob Lubberts photo)
Members of the Unifor Local 2301 union picketing outside of the Rio Tinto smelter in Kitimat BC. (photo supplied)

Rio Tinto refutes claims of reducing pensions

Rio Tinto claims that misinformation is being spread about items being discussed at the table

Members of the Unifor Local 2301 union picketing outside of the Rio Tinto smelter in Kitimat BC. (photo supplied)
John Silvestre posing at his store, Beitz Computers & Office Supplies, for the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce, ‘highlighting our members’ bio. (photo supplied)

In Our Valley: John Silvestre

Kitimat lifer turns work into a hobby

John Silvestre posing at his store, Beitz Computers & Office Supplies, for the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce, ‘highlighting our members’ bio. (photo supplied)
Unifor Local 2301 have confirmed with its members that they are absolutely on strike and will be withdrawing their services as of midnight tonight. (Rio Tinto)

Unifor Local 2301 confirms strike to commence as of midnight tonight: July 25

The union confirmed they are absolutely on strike and will be withdrawing services starting July 25

Unifor Local 2301 have confirmed with its members that they are absolutely on strike and will be withdrawing their services as of midnight tonight. (Rio Tinto)
Unifor Local 2301 extended its strike notice until midnight on July 24. If no agreement is made, picketing will begin to take place on the road leading to the smelter cafeteria gate and the main smelter gate. (Rio Tinto)

Union extends collective agreement process for another 24 hours: Unifor Local 2301

The deadline extension will give the union an opportunity to satisfy the mandate given by membership

Unifor Local 2301 extended its strike notice until midnight on July 24. If no agreement is made, picketing will begin to take place on the road leading to the smelter cafeteria gate and the main smelter gate. (Rio Tinto)
Carrie Weir is the same female who robbed the Circle K gas station in Kitimat B.C., on May 18 around 3:00 a.m. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Kitimat RCMP at (250) 632-7111 or Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 222-8477. (Kitimat RCMP photo)

Kitimat RCMP looking for wanted female

Kitimat RCMP are looking for the female who allegedly robbed the Circle K in Kitimat on May 18

Carrie Weir is the same female who robbed the Circle K gas station in Kitimat B.C., on May 18 around 3:00 a.m. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Kitimat RCMP at (250) 632-7111 or Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 222-8477. (Kitimat RCMP photo)
According to the provincial government’s policy directive, retail owners of private cannabis stores have to own the vehicle that will be delivering the goods and the vehicle has to be commercially registered with a vehicle inspection. (Pixabay photo)

Kitimat cannabis retailer irked by delivery red tape

Local private retailers are saying the provincial government isn’t making deliveries easy for them

According to the provincial government’s policy directive, retail owners of private cannabis stores have to own the vehicle that will be delivering the goods and the vehicle has to be commercially registered with a vehicle inspection. (Pixabay photo)
Emily Gunn (left) and Michaela Gunn (right) outside of the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce, posing with the eagle on the welcome to Kitimat sign for their ‘meet out summer staff’ photo. (photo supplied)

In Our Valley: Emily Gunn and Michaela Tait

Two summer student workers ready to take on the world

Emily Gunn (left) and Michaela Gunn (right) outside of the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce, posing with the eagle on the welcome to Kitimat sign for their ‘meet out summer staff’ photo. (photo supplied)
Unifor Local 2301 members have commenced a work stoppage starting July 24 at 12:01 a.m. (Rio Tinto photo)

Unifor Local 2301 set to commence strike

The union has served a 72 hours strike notice, clearing the way for a work stoppage starting July 24

Unifor Local 2301 members have commenced a work stoppage starting July 24 at 12:01 a.m. (Rio Tinto photo)
A Unifor Local 2301 poster that highlights the Rio Tinto and Kemano workers are looking for jobs, pensions, benefits, health, safety, community, and respect within their new collective agreement. (Unifor Local 2301 poster)

Kitimat smelter and Kemano power operations workers vote unanimously in favour of a strike

The union decided that a strike is the most efficient way to get their demands across to the company

A Unifor Local 2301 poster that highlights the Rio Tinto and Kemano workers are looking for jobs, pensions, benefits, health, safety, community, and respect within their new collective agreement. (Unifor Local 2301 poster)
The Nechako Centre building was a retail space built in 1955. The building is now vacant and is listed for sale for $4.4Million. Sitting on 0.72 acres, the building is currently under a redevelopment/revitalization process. (Jacob Lubberts Photo)

Kitimat council continue to work on Nechako Centre plans

Planning staff believe that creating a concept plan will help revitalize the Nechako Centre lands

The Nechako Centre building was a retail space built in 1955. The building is now vacant and is listed for sale for $4.4Million. Sitting on 0.72 acres, the building is currently under a redevelopment/revitalization process. (Jacob Lubberts Photo)
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