A snowy Remembrance Day in Kitimat, November 11, 2017

A near blizzard did not stop the people of Kitimat turning out for the Remembrance Day service on November 11, 2017.

Building a snowman before the Remembrance Day service (Robin Rowland)

 

Laura Mckenzie and Linda Lewis checking the wreaths prior to the service (Robin Rowland)

 

An RCMP officer leads the colour party (Robin Rowland)

 

The colour party (Robin Rowland)

 

The RCMP march to the cenotaph. (Robin Rowland)

 

The invocation, left to right, Dwight Magee, Royal Canadian Legion, Rev. Dr. Dona Lethbridge, Legion chaplain, Marg Bogaert, Royal Canadian Legion. (Robin Rowland)

 

Cubs and scouts at the Remembrance Day service (Robin Rowland)

 

Lucy Beatty of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary lowers the flag during the two minutes of silence (Robin Rowland)

A moment of silence. (Robin Rowland)

 

Veteran Jason Parrill lays a wreath on behalf of Canada. (Robin Rowland)

 

Anne Berrisford lays a memorial wreath  for Captain (Chaplain)  D. Schmidt. (Robin Rowland)

 

A cub lays a wreath. (Robin Rowland)

 

Mayor Phil Germuth lays a wreath. (Robin Rowland)

 

The wreaths (Robin Rowland)

A Mountie salutes during the playing of O Canada. (Robin Rowland)

Remembrance Day in Kitimat, 2016

Kitimat Cubs during the two minutes of silence, Remembrance Day, Nov. 11. 2016. (Robin Rowland)

Kitimat Cubs during the two minutes of silence, Remembrance Day, Nov. 11. 2016. (Robin Rowland)

Jason and Serina Parrill, both veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and who saw tours of duty in the some of the worlds hot spots at the Remembrance Day Service, Kitimat, BC. Nov. 11. 2016. They later laid wreathes on behalf of the Sovereign and Armed Forces respectively.(Robin Rowland)

Jason and Serina Parrill, both veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and who saw tours of duty in the some of the world’s hot spots at the Remembrance Day Service, Kitimat, BC,  Nov. 11. 2016. They later laid wreathes on behalf of the Sovereign and Armed Forces respectively. (Robin Rowland)

 

Nancy Grey,president of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary and its zone commander at the Remembrance Day service in Kitimat. (Robin Rowland)

Nancy Grey, president of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary and its zone commander at the Remembrance Day service in Kitimat. (Robin Rowland)

 

Two Boy Scouts prepare to lay a wreath during the Remembrance Day service in Kitimat, Nov. 11, 2016. (Robin Rowland)

Two Boy Scouts prepare to lay a wreath during the Remembrance Day service in Kitimat, Nov. 11, 2016. (Robin Rowland)

The colour party prepares to march off at the end of the Remembrance Day service in Kitimat, Nov. 11. 2016 (Robin Rowland)

The colour party prepares to march off at the end of the Remembrance Day service in Kitimat, Nov. 11. 2016 (Robin Rowland)

I came across the cluster of maple leaves on my way home from the Remembrance Day service, Nov. 11, 2016 (Robin Rowland)

I came across the cluster of maple leaves on my way home from the Remembrance Day service, Nov. 11, 2016 (Robin Rowland)

 

Canada Day, Kitimat, BC, July 1, 2016

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Two women dressed as suffragettes hold a Canadian flag during the Canada Day parade in Kitimat, July 1, 2016. The theme for the parade marked one hundred years of the woman’s vote in Canada. (Robin Rowland)

 

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The parade began in heavy rain. (Robin Rowland)

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Mayor Phil Germuth wields water guns during the parade. Everyone was soaked anyway in the pouring rain. (Robin Rowland)

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A cartoon by Kitimat resident Gerry Hummel celebrates the suffrage movement in Canada. (Robin Rowland)

 

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Another float also celebrates women’s suffrage. (Robin Rowland)

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A woman marcher also celebrates women’s suffrage. (Robin Rowland)

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The Spirit of Kitlope Dancers. (Robin Rowland)

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Councillor Rob Goffinet marches in the parade. (Robin Rowland)

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A small boy with Canadian flags rides a pony. (Robin Rowland)

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The Unifor float. (Robin Rowland)

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A boy in a soapbox race car. (Robin Rowland)

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A large float urging approval of the LNG Canada project represents an LNG tanker. (Robin Rowland)

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The District of Kitimat and Mayor Phil Germuth honoured former Kitimat Daily editor Walter McFarlane for his 10 years of service to the region as a journalist. (Robin Rowland)

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Phil Germuth granted former mayor Joanne Monaghan with the Freedom of the District of Kitmat. (Robin Rowland)

Remembrance Day, Kitimat, BC, November 11, 2015

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A new plaque at the Kitimat cenotaph commemorates service in Afghanistan, see on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2015. (Robin Rowland)

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A member of the Royal Canadian Legion distributes poppies and programs before the Remembrance Day Service. (Robin Rowland)

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Before the “Guardians of Remembrance” service, someone left three red roses on the cenotaph. (Robin Rowland)

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A small boy wears an RCMP uniform at the service. (Robin Rowland)

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police lead the parade to the cenotaph. (Robin Rowland)

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Army Cadets and Girl Guides were also part of the parade. (Robin Rowland)

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Bugler Derrick Stoigny sounds the Last Post, as Marg Bogaert of the Legion salutes and Mayor Phil Germuth bows his head. (Robin Rowland)

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Across the country on its one hundredth anniversary, John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields was recited or sung. In Kitimat it was the Sine Nomine choir. (Robin Rowland)

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One of the singers from Sine Nomine. (Robin Rowland)

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A former peacekeeper lays the wreath on behalf of the Canadian Forces. (Robin Rowland)

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Mayor Phil Germuth prepares to lay a wreath on behalf of the District of Kitimat. (Robin Rowland)

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The Winterhawks hockey team witnessed the 2015 Remembrance Day service. (Robin Rowland)

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Marg Bogaert salutes during the playing of “God Save the Queen,” as the 2015 Remembrance Service comes to an end. (Robin Rowland)

Kitimat celebrates Canada Day 2015

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The winning float in the 2015 Kitimat Canada parade from the Community Supper Club. (Robin Rowland)
canadaday1Staff Sergeant Phil Harrison who is retiring from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police leads the Canada Day parade.  (Robin Rowland)

Kitimat Fire and Rescue. (Robin Rowland)

Kitimat Fire and Rescue. (Robin Rowland)

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Kitimat Marine Rescue Society (Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue SAR 63) still affectionately known as “Snowflake Responder”  (Robin Rowland)

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Mayor Phil Germuth. (Robin Rowland)

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Rio Tinto Alcan’s Gaby Poirier leads the RTA entry in the parade.  (Robin Rowland)

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Kids enjoy the parade. (Robin Rowland)

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The Haisla Nation Spirit of Kitlope Dancers. (Robin Rowland)

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The gymnastics club. (Robin Rowland)

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Handing out goodies to spectators along the parade route. (Robin Rowland)

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The Canada Day cake at Riverlodge ready for cutting. (Robin Rowland)

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Later on the afternoon of Canada Day, a wildfire broke out on the hydro transmission corridor near the Rio Tinto Alcan smelter. It was contained a couple of days later. (Robin Rowland)

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Fireworks. (Robin Rowland)

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Fireworks. (Robin Rowland)

Phil Germuth takes over as Kitimat mayor, new council sworn in

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Kitimat’s new mayor, Phil Germuth (left) sworn in by Chief Administrative Officer Ron Poole (far right) as RCMP Sgt. Graham Morgan and Staff Sergeant Phil Harrison watch. (Robin Rowland)

 

The new District of Kitimat Council was sworn in at a special ceremony at the Council Chambers at Northwest Community College in Kitimat, Monday, December 1, 2014.

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Mario Feldhoff reads the oath of office. (Robin Rowland)


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Councillor Rob Goffinet with Sgt. Morgan and Staff Sgt. Harrison.
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Councillor Edwin Empinado celebrates being elected for a second term. (Robin Rowland)

 

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Ron Poole swears in new councillor, tattoo artist Claire Rattée. (Robin Rowland)

 

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New councillor Larry Walker prepares to sign his oath of office. (Robin Rowland)

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The new mayor, Phil Germuth gives his inaugural address. (Robin Rowland)

Kitimat Council 2014

The 2014 District of Kitimat Council, (left to right) Councillor Edwin Empinado, Councillor Larry Walker, Councillor Mario Feldhoff, Mayor Phil Germuth, Councillor Rob Goffinet, Councillor Claire Rattée and Councillor Mary Murphy, with Sgt. Graham Morgan and Staff Sgt. Phil Harrison.

Remembrance Day, Kitimat, November 11, 2014

A bouquet of carnations with two maple leaf flags honouring Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was left on the Kitimat Cenotaph prior to Tuesday's Remembrance Day ceremony. (Robin Rowland)

A bouquet of carnations with two maple leaf flags honouring Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was left on the Kitimat Cenotaph prior to Tuesday’s Remembrance Day ceremony. (Robin Rowland)

In Kitimat, as happened across the country on November 11. 2014, there was a larger turnout than usual at the Remembrance Day service, as people reflected on the recent events, the deaths of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, as well as the fact that Canadian Forces are in action against the Islamic State in Iraq.

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A veteran waits quietly for the ceremony to begin. (Robin Rowland)

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As in previous years, the fly past over the cenotaph came from the wild, migrating geese.

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A cub leader and her troop were part of the parade to the cenotaph. (Robin Rowland)

 

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Girl Guides at the cenotaph with Canadian Rangers and Army cadets in the rear ranks. (Robin Rowland)

 

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Generations of Girl Guides at the cenotaph in Kitimat (Robin Rowland)

 

 

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The Guard of Honour–an army cadet. (Robin Rowland)

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The Guard of Honour–a Mountie (Robin Rowland)
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Members of the Royal Canadian Legion lowered flags during the two minutes of silence. (Robin Rowland)

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One of the veterans at the Remembrance Day ceremony (Robin Rowland)

 

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The spectators at the Remembrance Day Ceremony. (Robin Rowland)

 

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RCMP Corporal Chris Manseau lays a wreath as the Royal Canadian Legion’s wreath party watch.  (Robin Rowland)

A new tradition…

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For the past several years, there’s been a tradition that began at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, people leave their poppies at the cenotaph. Here in Kitimat, people are now pinning their poppies to the wreathes that were laid at the cenotaph a few minutes earlier. (Robin Rowland)