Rio Tinto’s Kitimat plant ups production, cuts pollution
THE ALUMINUM INDUSTRY has been a primary economic driver for the town of Kitimat, British Columbia, for some 60 years. But the Rio Tinto Alcan smelter located there — featured in National Geographic as the largest in the world when it was built in the 1950s — was due for an upgrade to modernize its operations and reduce environmental emissions.
VOLUNTEERS FROM LODGE 359 (Burnaby, British Columbia) have been connecting with history and the work of past generations of boilermakers by restoring steam-powered equipment at the Western Vancouver Island Industrial Heritage Society at Port Alberni.
THE BOILERMAKERS’ International Executive Council scholarship committee announced the winners of its 2014 scholarship program this past April. The committee awarded $50,000 to 28 recipients, with $40,000 being allocated to U.S. applicants and $10,000 to Canadian applicants.
THE TEAM OF Brad Lewis and Jason Dubreuil won the 2014 Canadian Boilermaker Graduate Apprenticeship Competition held June 24-26 at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Vancouver.
Lewis, Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta), and Dubreuil, Local 128 (Toronto, Ontario), were among 12 graduate apprentices from across Canada who participated in the biennial event, which is planned and executed by the Boilermakers National Training Trust Fund (NTTF), Canada.
Decision hinges on waste gas handling, reverses umpire’s ruling
BOILERMAKER LOCAL 359 (Vancouver, British Columbia) emerged victorious April 1 in a jurisdiction dispute over the assignment of waste gas ductwork at the Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum smelter upgrade near Kitimat, B.C.
PHYSICALLY DISABLING INJURIES suffered by two Local 359 (Vancouver, British Columbia) members have not kept them from competing in the rough-and-tumble game of rugby — and the generosity of other Boilermakers is supporting a big dream for one of the members.
Jordon Dycke and Stu Wymer both lost their ability to walk after separate vehicle accidents. Wheelchair sports allow the two men to continue being active and competitive.