Ex-Sentinel reporter settles back in as editor

Cameron Orr returns to the Kitimat Northern Sentinel, this time as the paper's editor.

I trust you’ll remember the day.

It was September 2, 2009, when I printed my farewell column on this page.

It ended with the words “I’ll be back.”

What I had meant was this town wouldn’t be forgotten on my new adventure. I was setting off not too far down the road to Smithers where I was the editor of that paper since, well, September 2, 2009.

There I met some great new people and learned what life was like in another small, northern B.C. town. It was a challenging but rewarding job.

I never forgot about Kitimat, or even ever stopped missing it. My wife’s family, close and extended, almost entirely live here so Kitimat remained the go-to for holidays and weekend trips. On Wednesdays I would sift through my pile of papers in Smithers and get my weekly dose of Kitimat news.

Here’s the thing about me and this town; I never in my life imagined I would have lived here, never in my life imagined I would have liked living here, and never would have imagined that I would have so wanted to come back after leaving.

Yet here I am.

You know by now that your illustrious Northern Sentinel editor Malcolm Baxter has stepped down from his post, capping off a long, notable career. We will all miss him. As a cub reporter here from 2007 to 2009 I hung off his every word to absorb as much knowledge as I could. He had, and still has, lots to offer.

It will be a strange place here without that daily guidance but he has shown much confidence in my ability, which is encouraging.

I’ll do my best to maintain this paper as a quality, trusted product. As with Malcolm, I hope people can help me out by submitting the occasional photo or write-up for events I might not be able to get out to; part of the challenge of a one-person newsroom. (And soon to be new-father).

The bottom line though is, I’m thrilled to be back in Kitimat, and equally thrilled to be this paper’s new editor. I’m looking forward to the ride and having all of you along with me.

Cameron Orr is the Northern Sentinel editor.

Just Posted

Construction of LNG Canada plant still on hold

Construction will only begin following a positive final investment decision

VIDEO: Watch ex-Kitimat video director Stephano Barberis’ new reel, featuring his own new music

Breathe of My Leaves music project debuts ‘Chimera’ album of electronic sounds

Sulphur dioxide pollution over Kitimat could be eliminated after 2024

New process will eliminate SO2 as a byproduct

Kitimat, Terrace home sales up from 2017

Optimism surrounding a potentially positive LNG decision one of the factors

B.C. Green Party pushes for wild salmon commissioner

The role would serve as a unifying force in the provincial government

Police release video on how to ‘run, hide, fight’ if there’s an active shooter

Vancouver police offer video with input from E-Comm, BC EHS, Vancouver Fire and Rescue

Two-year-old found unresponsive in pool

Mission RCMP located toddler after she went missing from a local daycare

Toronto opening 800 emergency spaces to deal with influx of refugee claimants

Beginning Thursday, Toronto will temporarily house refugee claimants and new arrivals in 400 beds in the city’s east end.

Breaking: Trump cancels summit with North Korea

Trump cancels June 12 summit with North Korea’s Kim, citing ‘tremendous anger and open hostility’ in recent statement

Rivers rising: Floods in B.C., New Brunswick a warning of what’s to come

In B.C., thousands of residents are returning to homes this week marked with red or yellow signs indicating a health inspection is necessary

North Korea demolishes nuke test site with series of blasts

North Korea has carried out what it says is the demolition of its nuclear test site in the presence of foreign journalists.

Wildfire sparks near perimeter of devastating 2017 Elephant Hill fire

Ground crews and aircraft are responding to an estimated 50 hectare wildfire approximately 55 kilometers northwest of Kamloops, near the Deadman Vidette Road.

Study recommends jurors receive more financial and psychological support

Federal justice committee calls for 11 policy changes to mitigate juror stress

Research needed on impact of microplastics on B.C. shellfish industry: study

SFU’s department of biological sciences recommends deeper look into shellfish ingesting microbeads

Most Read