Plus, we answer your questions

Council cutbacks

The District of Kitimat approved a motion at Monday’s council meeting to draft a bylaw that will pave the way for the implementation of a number of measures to ensure “more efficient meetings”. Some of the measures that may be implemented in the bylaw include starting meetings at 7 p.m. and getting the council meeting agenda package earlier. Additional measures that don’t require inclusion in a bylaw that were discussed included working with delegations to submit information to be included in the agenda earlier and no longer including the Statement of Accounts on the agenda. The Statement of Accounts session provides councillors with an opportunity to ask questions about transactions completed by the District of Kitimat.

Helmet rule

From September 1 this year it will be compulsory to wear a helmet for all on-ice public skating and public shinney hockey sessions. Kitimat Leisure Services says that with information coming out of concussion and other brain injury research, wearing protective helmets during activities associated with concussion and brain injury such as skating and hockey, just makes good sense. Brain injuries can have a lasting effect on an individual even from a very young age. Helmets must be Canadian Standards Association (CSA) approved and not out of date.


Cllr. Lani Gibson submitted a motion that the District of Kitimat request that the Ministry of Environment, Kitimat Terrace Clean Air Coalition, and Rio Tinto each send a delegation to a COW (Committee of the Whole) meeting to present and answer questions on the topic of the pros and cons for scrubbers at the Rio Tinto smelter. Gibson said residents had complained to council about the lack of scrubbers at the smelter and the increased sulphur dioxide emissions. Gibson’s motion reads: “It is in the best interest of the community to have a panel discussion in order to narrow the issues and ensure that accurate information is circulating in the public domain.” Gibson said the discussion should take place later this year to coincide with Rio Tinto BC Work’s submission of its Environmental Effects Monitoring program review to the Ministry of Environment.

Community questions

Parking problems

Responding to questions from the public about parking in the designated taxi parking bays in the lower City Centre District of Kitimat spokesperson Mike Dewar said while taxi services in Kitimat sharply reduced with the closure of Haisla Taxi, there are still taxis operating in the community and the designated taxi parking bays remain reserved for taxi services. He said the DoK is currently working with taxi service providers and the Passenger Transportation Board to facilitate a return to normal service levels for the community and thanked the community for their patience.

Crosswalk question

A reader asked why the design of the crosswalk markings changed this year when the road markings were applied throughout Kitimat. District of Kitimat director of engineering Alex Ramos said the different design of the crosswalk markings resulted from advice from the ICBC that Kitimat’s markings needed to match crosswalk markings used throughout Canada.

If you have a question you’ve been wanting to ask either councils, email it through to We will endeavour to get it answered!

Email the newsroom

Visit our Facebook page

Typos? Email the editor!

Just Posted

CN train derailment cleared between Terrace and Prince Rupert

The CN mainline is now open, following a train derailment mid-way between… Continue reading

Kitimat’s BC Hydro substation receives a massive upgrade

It will cost $82 million to ensure that LNG Canada has enough… Continue reading

Comment requested for Kitimat LNG’s expansion plans

Company says radical redesign means additional export is possible

Haisla Nation Council appoints Stewart, Renwick

Two recently elected Haisla Nation councillors, Kevin Stewart and Arthur Renwick, have… Continue reading

Relief in sight from open burn pollution

New regulations should cut down on air pollution

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

UPDATE: West Kelowna fawn euthanized, not claimed by sanctuary

Gilbert the deer has been euthanized after a suitable home was not found in time

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

B.C. man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

Trudeau says Ottawa open to proposals for B.C. refinery as gas prices soar

Prime minister says he knows B.C. residents are struggling and the federal government is open to ideas

Clock’s ticking to share how you feel about Daylight Saving Time in B.C.

Provincial public survey ends at 4 p.m. on Friday

Most Read