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Kamloops and District Labour Council asks:

Many municipalities are facing ongoing problems and are dealing with staffing issues as part of the current health care crisis. Describe from a local government perspective how would you plan to recruit workers to our community?

- Kamloops and District Labour Council

Candidate Answers

Dale Bass

Candidate for City Councillor

Health-care worker recruitment is not an issue municipalities can deal with directly. We are legislatively not responsible for it. However, morally we should do what we can to assist recruitment. That means ensuring Kamloops is seen as a great place to live and work. We do that in many ways, from marketing through Tourism Kamloops to continuing to take steps to improve livability.

One area I’ve been active in addresses exactly what that question poses. It is incumbent on the Interior Health Authority to fix the many challenges at our hospital, public health and long-term care facilities. Many of us on this council have been vocal in our concern IHA is not doing that. I’ve been criticized for being so vocal but I’ve also heard from nurses, doctors, other health-care workers at RIH they appreciate councillors speaking up for them as they fear reprisals if they speak to the issues.

Daphane Nelson

Candidate for City Councillor

There are many factors to the ongoing problems with staffing issues beyond the health crisis; a huge generation of workers is in the process of retiring and we don't have enough workers in the workforce to make up for that.

Because HR is an operational function and is not within the purview of City Council, I would not be able to make decisions about this as a councilor. From a policy or strategic perspective, I could see how it would benefit our community to recruit newcomers to either the country or the province and I would encourage Venture Kamloops, Tourism Kamloops and other promoters of our vibrant city to work on strategies to attract and retain employees.

Darrell LaRiviere

Candidate for City Councillor, School Trustee 73 - TEA1

Part of my vision (https://dlk.ca/post-secondary/) is free Post Secondary (including trades) tuition for Kamloops High School graduates. We could also expand this program to medical professionals who live and work in Kamloops for a predefined time (8 years, for example).