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REPORTING · 22nd October 2011
Terrace Daily News
Four residents are running to represent the most significant Area of the Regional District Kitimat Stikine. This large land mass surrounds Douglas Channel, Kitimat, Terrace, and Thornhill from the very south (to Princess Royal Island including Klemtu) and west edges of the Regional Districts north to the Nisg'aa Territory and east to Cedarvale.

Their names are, Allan Lanctot, Glenn Martin, Doug McLeod and Brad Pollard.

To provide the voters some perspective we ask the following questions of each. Their responses will be posted on the Terrace Daily and linked at the end of this article.

1) The RDKS just suffered a defeat in a lawsuit involving an ongoing dispute with the manager of the MK Bay Marina. This Marina manager has been involved in a significant number of complaints. What will you do to resolve these ongoing difficulties?

2) Dutch Valley is in a precarious flooding dilemma whereby it appears as if the Kalum River is about to cut a swath right through the middle of the residential area where the RDKS recently contracted with the City of Terrace to provide a potable water system. What are your comments and how would you address this problem?

3) Your direct area of responsibility will be the lands and shoreline of the entire Tanker route within the RD should the pipeline proceed and crude oil tankers begin arriving. What will you do to protect the habitat of this region and what is your stance on the Enbridge pipeline proposal?

4) Forceman Ridge has been studied to be used as a regional landfill. Residents of Lakelse Lake are worried the refuse will produce runoff, which will eventually end up in Lakelse Lake. Please address these concerns.

5) Mount Layton Hotsprings has been studied as a source for Geo Thermal Power and recently the Provincial Government has agreed to a drilling exclusion zone around the resort. What are your thoughts on both resources, Geothermal and the resort?

6) Shames Mountain is also within the Area you have chosen to represent. Please offer your thoughts on the recent developments and the future of the Shames Mountain Ski Hill.
Lach Gels Hotsprings.
Comment by Janice P. Robinson on 27th October 2011
It is my contention that the hotsprings never legally passed FROM public ownership, in the first place. Like a national park, it belongs to the matter what colour we happen to be at the time. How can you have an election here without addressing the Tsimshian "treaty process?"
Hello! It's the elephant in the living room....

People across B.C. are watching what you do here. Hello, Sophie Pierre! As we speak, treaty enforcers are in high gear.........trying to push it through as they witness non-Tsimshian citizens waking up to, "Holy smokes! The corporations are using the treaty process to steal our hotsprings....and we didn't even know it!" That comment from a non-native.

Also, if they force the treaty, Enbridge is already Kitsumkalum. Like gray men, and they are locked and loaded.

It is my opinion that if you are for the treaty.....then, you also agree with Enbridge, and consider Lach Gels none of your business. If you have no opinion on this matter, then you definitely do not have my vote.

Currently, DFO has its toxic fingers in the hotsprings. They are done screwing up the ocean, and the oolichans, abalone and good days are all gone.

Welcome to Tsimshian territory, Enbridge. My direct ancestors were here to welcome the Hudson Bay Company.

What are the candidates' positions on this issue?
Rural student advocacy.
Comment by Janice P. Robinson on 26th October 2011
It would be good if all rural students can count on a bus ride to school....together.

Currently, school buses only pick up students attending public schools. The rest are left to fend for themselves. This is not a logical rule, at all.

People should not be punished for exercising freedom of choice. Please encourage the "school bus control committee" to allow all rural students to get on the school bus.
Comment by les watmough on 22nd October 2011
I would be interested in the answers to the excelent questiion posed/ Les.
Whew...tough questions
Comment by blocky bear on 22nd October 2011
`Sure glad I`m not running for that office. A person might get crushed one way or another. I myself am pro Douglas Channel and Lakelse Lake. Which means pro fish and anti pipeline. I don`t need to be ruined financially or shunned for being a pariah.d.b.