Year in Review -January

CAW Local 2301 circulated a petition calling on the city...

CAW Local 2301 circulated a petition calling on the city to change the snowclearing trigger from  five inches and falling to three inches and falling.

The latter was the original standard but that was changed to five inches during the 2010 budget deliberations which saw council desperate to save money wherever it could because of the impending loss of tax revenue following the closure of Eurocan.

 

The quality of meals at the multi-level care facility (Mountainview Lodge) came under fire at the monthly meeting of the Kitimat Health Advocacy Group (KHAG).

Describing the food as “atrocious”, John Hall said residents were offered no choice and the food offered was often unsuitable for people of that age.

 

After a tough year with the closure of Eurocan, retailers reported pleasantly surprising strong Christmas sales.

And several attributed that to the fact Haisla Nation members each received an $8,000 one-time “dividend” from the $50 million KM LNG paid the Haisla to buy out its equity share in the proposed liquefied natural gas plant.

 

City crews and casuals were out around the clock when Mother Nature dumped more than 40 centimetres of powder on city streets over the January 14-16 weekend.

It was estimated the clean up cost the city around $150,000.

But the snowclearing effort came under fire from resident Doug Thompson.

Pointing out that many side streets also functioned as sidewalks, he told council they had become treacherous for drivers and pedestrians alike.

And the combination of those conditions, vehicles and pedestrians could lead to a tragedy.

 

The Kitimat Humane Society was still waiting to move into its new premises because its water was not considered drinkable and other deficiencies that the city’s building inspectors had come across.

Council approved another $10,000 to tackle the work needed.

 

Assessed values crashed by $150 million, including residential properties.

The drop varied between 17 per cent and 25 per cent depending on the neighbourhood, translating to an overall drop of more than $98 million.

 

Hawkair announced that come the spring it would be flying in and out of Vancouver’s main terminal instead of the smaller south terminal.

The company said one of the benefits would be its passengers could connect to other flights without changing terminals.

 

With the final count complete, the 2010 Christmas Hamper Appeal reported a record – $36, 825.47.

A total of 308 hampers were delivered to families in Kitimat and Kitamaat Village.

 

Isobel Simone Thomas was Kitimat General’s first baby of the year. The fourth child of Chad and Melissa Thomas, Isobel arrived January 22 and weighed in at eight pounds, eight ounces.

 

Pacific Northern Gas came back with an amended rate hike request and one that gave customers a break.

The new request was for a 6.2 per cent increase rather than the 10.2 originally sought.

The reason for the change was the BC Utilities Commission had told PNG to postpone plans to go to International Financial Reporting Standards until 2012.

 

 

 

On Friday, January 7, Northern Sentinel publisher Sandra Dugdale retired after 24 years with the paper.

 

 

 

Northwest Community College hired a new prsident.

Dr. Denise Henning had been president of the University College of the North in Manitoba.

She was due to start work here March 1.

 

 

 

Skeena MP Nathan Cullen weighed into the debate over halibut. urging the Conservative government to reconsider allocations for both the commercial and sports fisheries.

He supported an industry suggestion of a longer. less intense season for commercial fishermen combined with a longer season for the sports sector.

 

 

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