Telkwa’s Fritz Pfeiffer gave $1.6 million to the Bulkley Valley Health Care & Hospital Foundation in 2016 for a CT scanner in Smithers. Chris Duncan photo

Fritz would dig the holes himself for CT scanner off-site works

Writer on what he believes Fritz Pfeiffer’s reaction would be to CT scanner variance.


Much has been said on social media criticizing council’s decision to require off-site upgrades to municipal infrastructure before allowing the CT scanner to go ahead. My family has been close to Fritz Pfeiffer for many years, and while Fritz can no longer speak for himself, I believe he would be extremely disappointed in council’s attitude.

Fritz was the kind of man who got things done by whatever means was necessary. As mayor of Telkwa he would bring his logging machinery in to town to work on the barbecue grounds and spend his own time and money to get done what was needed by the Village of Telkwa. His reaction to the need for $131,000 for municipal works adjacent to the hospital would have been to go dig the holes himself on the weekend.

I would hope council’s reaction will be to find the money in the municipal budget to do the work deemed absolutely necessary. If we can find $8 million to make our airport more attractive to visitors, we can surely find $131,000 to bring the CT scanner and attract 3,000 visits per year. More importantly, we can find $131,000 to provide our community with life saving medical equipment.

Stephen Howard


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