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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Announcing his intentions last month to retire after the 2017 provincial election, Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm will still have roughly a year and a half left in his term as Peace River North’s member of legislative assembly.

In February, he was appointed Deputy Chair, of the Committee of the Whole. The Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole provides a final opportunity for MLAs to ask questions in the final stages of a bill, before it is put to an official vote in the Legislature.

In April, he announced, in agreement with BC Hydro, the construction of the Septimus Creek Wind Farm near Taylor to provide clean power. Three agreements were signed with White Rock-based developer Zero Emission Energy Developments under BC Hydro’s Standing Offer program, and are supposed to add about 45 megawatts of clean wind capacity to BC Hydro’s system.

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In September, Pimm made the announcement that the province was giving $98,931 to three North Peace organizations, which would help improve adult literacy.

Just before announcing his retirement, he was part of the announcement that School District 60 would be receiving a new elementary school in late-November. “School District is 60 is one of the districts in the province that is showing consistent growth year after year,” he said. “This new school will be a wonderful addition to the community.”

He also has announced  various traffic upgrades around the North Peace, many in smaller communities like Taylor and Charlie Lake, throughout the year. Pimm has also been part of government funding announcements of more equipment for Northern Lights College students, as well as announcements of provincial funding for skills training for NLC students with disabilities.

Looking ahead to 2016, Pimm has said a new healthcare pilot project will likely be taking off in Fort St. John in January.

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