Jun 20, 2022 at 2:30 pm
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Kamloops and District Labour Council asks:

What are the top three critical issues facing your community?

- Kamloops and District Labour Council

Candidate Answers

Daphane Nelson

Candidate for City Councillor

Affordability (housing, food, gas, basically everything) <= I'd like to take a look at co-operatives as a possible solution - housing co-operatives, worker co-operatives, food co-operatives,

Opioid crisis impacting our community, is there a way to work together on this instead of funding individual service providers?

Small business economic recovery from COVID and other extreme events <- support local, make it easier for small businesses to operate

Katie Neustaeter

Candidate for City Councillor

I have based my platform, which is being further informed by community consultation, on three pillars which I believe incapsulate the most critical issues facing our community:

1. Affordability:
For Kamloops to be a desirable and attractive place to live we must...
​- Draw and retain a new and targeted workforce
- Support innovative and advantageous development
- Cast a proactive (not reactive) vision for the future

2. Accountability:
In a time when polarization and a lack of responsibility to one another is increasingly the norm, we must transparently move toward...
- Action informed by community consultation
- Equitable, comprehensive, and practical supports for challenging community issues
- Strengthening the external partnerships that can create meaningful change

3. Advocacy:
In a community that works for all, we must work for all people.
Therefore, we must amplify...
- The needs of local businesses
- Children and families
- Health and safety

Dale Bass

Candidate for City Councillor

Safety is a key issue and it encompasses so many aspects. Safety on the street is impacted by homelessness, mental health, lack of affordable housing, a justice system that makes effective policing a challenge, poverty and fear. During this term I’ve been active alongside my colleagues to address these issues. That work must continue. It means continuing to lobby the province to work with municipalities to find solutions. Unfortunately, municipal councils need answers more quickly than the provincial government provides them.

Inclusion is another issue to be addressed. It also covers many aspects from accessibility to listening to the public. I campaigned in 2018 to improve the public’s voice at City Hall and successfully saw all neighbourhood associations given a voice to our safe and secure Kamloops engagement group. I also successfully saw council’s procedural bylaw amended to provide caregiver and parental leave from physically attending council meetings, a small step that hopefully might make it easier for people to run for council who have those concerns. I also was successful in seeing council and staff address the childcare crisis in the city, a significant economic impact that needed to be addressed.

Shantel Renner

Candidate for City Councillor

The Opioid Crisis is impacting our community in all areas. We have to work together instead of relying on outside programs that clearly are not working.
The housing crisis- much like opioids has huge issues all across our wonderful city- from affordability to even not having enough rentals in general.
Small businesses recovering for the Covid19 pandemic. #supportlocal

Darrell LaRiviere

Candidate for City Councillor, School Trustee 73 - TEA1

1) Homelessness and its associated effects (i.e. crime and general feeling of being unsafe in certain areas of the City).

2) Affordable housing (or the lack thereof). I'm advocating the creation of the Kamloops Housing Corporation whose purpose is to build, buy, and maintain affordable housing for Kamloops residents. Waiting for the provincial or federal government to take any action isn't working. The City of Kamloops must start building affordable housing now! The private sector will not willingly build affordable housing so we must.

3) Terrible public transit! If you've taken it, you know how bad it is. Good public transit reduces cars on the road and works efficiently all day (and night), every day (and night).