Darrell LaRiviere

Candidate for City Councillor, School Trustee 73 - TEA1


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Personal Information

Resident of: North Kamloops
Age: 39
Current Occupation: Train Conductor

Biography

I was born and raised in Saskatchewan and I moved to Kamloops (from Calgary) 10 years ago with my family. I've been a railroader for 14 years.

When I'm not at TRU, finishing my degree in General Science (with concentrations in Math and Physics), I'm playing Basketball at the TCC (I typically play in the Masters division) or playing Chess online.

I'm a passionate Open Source advocate. I also strongly advocate privacy, freedom of speech and transparency.

MY VISION:

1) A transportation plan that aims to fix (local) public transit and make bike paths mandatory in newly constructed neighborhoods.

2) A climate plan that aims to reduce driving by mandating telecommuting when it's feasible to do so and require new developments to be built with geothermal or solar heating.

3) An affordability plan that aims to:

-> Build more affordable housing by creating a Kamloops Housing Corporation that would build, buy, and maintain affordable housing.

-> Create a city-wide (year-around) breakfast and lunch program.

-> Offer free tuition for Kamloops High School Graduates.

4) Additional goals, such as:

-> Switching Kamloops IT infrastructure to Linux.

-> (Local) Consumer Protections, including:

---> Requiring businesses to display the full cost of goods and services (including taxes, deposits, and fees).

---> Requiring businesses to comply with the Scanning Code of Practice.

-> Reducing bureaucracy by eliminating the permit system (in certain circumstances) and instead employing a notification system.

-> Empowering City employees by giving bonuses to employees who submit ideas that save money.


Answers to Questions from the Public

Kamloops and District Labour Council - Jun 20, 2022 at 2:17 pm


Kamloops and District Labour Council asked the School Trustee 73 - TEA1, School Trustee 73 - TEA2, School Trustee 73 - TEA3, School Trustee 73 - TEA4, School Trustee 73 - TEA5 Candidates

Do you think education should be treated as an essential service?


darrell@dlk.ca Answered

If by "essential service," you mean "should teachers be allowed to strike or not?" Then the answer is yes, they should be able to continue to strike. Striking is one of the few times employers actually listen to employees (albeit, not by choice).

While teachers absolutely are essential, if we bar teacher strikes then we may end up in a situation similar to what's happening in the US - low salaries and (good) teachers quitting!

Kamloops and District Labour Council - Jun 20, 2022 at 2:21 pm


Kamloops and District Labour Council asked the School Trustee 73 - TEA1, School Trustee 73 - TEA2, School Trustee 73 - TEA3, School Trustee 73 - TEA4, School Trustee 73 - TEA5 Candidates

What do you believe are the critical issues facing your community and school district?


darrell@dlk.ca Answered

Not listening to Science!

1) School should not start earlier than 0930.

2) Children learn most effectively when they're not hungry! That's why I want to create a free year-round breakfast and lunch program: https://dlk.ca/meals-for-children/

3) There needs to be more breaks (recess) to play and relax.

Kamloops and District Labour Council - Jun 20, 2022 at 2:23 pm


Kamloops and District Labour Council asked the City Councillor, Mayor, TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley - North (M), TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley – South (N), TNRD Blue Sky Country (I), TNRD Bonaparte Plateau (E), TNRD Copper Desert Country (J), TNRD Grasslands (L), TNRD Thompson Headwaters (B), TNRD Wells Gray Country (A) Candidates

Describe how you would prioritize fire and flood management and other infrastructure issues such as poor roads and services in our community. Are you prepared to raise taxes to pay for improved infrastructure?


darrell@dlk.ca Answered

Yes, I would vote to raise taxes to improve infrastructure. However I don't think "improved infrastructure" simply means more roads! To me, improving infrastructure means using what we've got first! If we want to reduce congestion we need to improve public transit first! Then start converting intersections to traffic circles!

We can't say that we need improved infrastructure and then say we can't raise taxes! It's the equivalent of someone wanting to renovate their own home and then wondering who will pay for the renovations.

Kamloops and District Labour Council - Jun 20, 2022 at 2:23 pm


Kamloops and District Labour Council asked the City Councillor, Mayor, TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley - North (M), TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley – South (N), TNRD Blue Sky Country (I), TNRD Bonaparte Plateau (E), TNRD Copper Desert Country (J), TNRD Grasslands (L), TNRD Thompson Headwaters (B), TNRD Wells Gray Country (A) Candidates

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?


darrell@dlk.ca Answered

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).

Kamloops and District Labour Council - Jun 20, 2022 at 2:27 pm


Kamloops and District Labour Council asked the City Councillor, Mayor, TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley - North (M), TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley – South (N), TNRD Blue Sky Country (I), TNRD Bonaparte Plateau (E), TNRD Copper Desert Country (J), TNRD Grasslands (L), TNRD Thompson Headwaters (B), TNRD Wells Gray Country (A) Candidates

Describe how you will address housing needs and housing that people can afford in your community?


darrell@dlk.ca Answered

I propose to create the Kamloops Housing Corporation (KHC), 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! Furthermore, as a not-for-profit, city-owned company it would COMPETE against private companies who do not have a vested interest in creating affordable housing.

Kamloops and District Labour Council - Jun 20, 2022 at 2:27 pm


Kamloops and District Labour Council asked the City Councillor, Mayor, TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley - North (M), TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley – South (N), TNRD Blue Sky Country (I), TNRD Bonaparte Plateau (E), TNRD Copper Desert Country (J), TNRD Grasslands (L), TNRD Thompson Headwaters (B), TNRD Wells Gray Country (A) Candidates

What can local governments do to attract and create green jobs and businesses in their community?


darrell@dlk.ca Answered

The best thing we can do is MANDATE green policies, for example I have proposals to:

1) Fix public transport in Kamloops: https://dlk.ca/transport/

2) Require local employers (and the City) to allow telecommuting when it is feasible to do so. The process to allow this has already begun in the Netherlands. This can be accomplished by:

-> Requiring employers to pay "back-office" employees for time spent commuting and pay a (per kilometer) mileage rate for commuting.
-> Applying a surtax to employers who elect not to comply.

3) Require all new (or significantly renovated) buildings to have geothermal or solar heating (or heat pumps). This requirement would be (temporarily) relaxed in order to increase affordability (in residential buildings).

Green policies attract talent!

Kamloops and District Labour Council - Jun 20, 2022 at 2:29 pm


Kamloops and District Labour Council asked the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee 73 - TEA1, School Trustee 73 - TEA2, School Trustee 73 - TEA3, School Trustee 73 - TEA4, School Trustee 73 - TEA5, TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley - North (M), TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley – South (N), TNRD Blue Sky Country (I), TNRD Bonaparte Plateau (E), TNRD Copper Desert Country (J), TNRD Grasslands (L), TNRD Thompson Headwaters (B), TNRD Wells Gray Country (A) Candidates

Describe your position on Contracting Out and Public Private Partnerships and how they effect existing jobs.


darrell@dlk.ca Answered

PPP's definitely have a place - in the garbage with other bad ideas! As for contracting out, I am a firm believer that the City should only contract out what can't be done by City employees.

Kamloops and District Labour Council - Jun 20, 2022 at 2:29 pm


Kamloops and District Labour Council asked the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee 73 - TEA1, School Trustee 73 - TEA2, School Trustee 73 - TEA3, School Trustee 73 - TEA4, School Trustee 73 - TEA5, TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley - North (M), TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley – South (N), TNRD Blue Sky Country (I), TNRD Bonaparte Plateau (E), TNRD Copper Desert Country (J), TNRD Grasslands (L), TNRD Thompson Headwaters (B), TNRD Wells Gray Country (A) Candidates

Do you support the Living Wage for Families Campaign? Please explain why or why not.


darrell@dlk.ca Answered

Absolutely, as part of my vision (https://dlk.ca/affordability/) I want to raise the local minimum wage to $18/hour - gradually, of course.

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


Kamloops and District Labour Council asked the City Councillor, Mayor, TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley - North (M), TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley – South (N), TNRD Blue Sky Country (I), TNRD Bonaparte Plateau (E), TNRD Copper Desert Country (J), TNRD Grasslands (L), TNRD Thompson Headwaters (B), TNRD Wells Gray Country (A) Candidates

What are the top three critical issues facing your community?


darrell@dlk.ca Answered

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).

Kamloops and District Labour Council - Jun 20, 2022 at 2:31 pm


Kamloops and District Labour Council asked the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee 73 - TEA1, School Trustee 73 - TEA2, School Trustee 73 - TEA3, School Trustee 73 - TEA4, School Trustee 73 - TEA5, TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley - North (M), TNRD Beautiful Nicola Valley – South (N), TNRD Blue Sky Country (I), TNRD Bonaparte Plateau (E), TNRD Copper Desert Country (J), TNRD Grasslands (L), TNRD Thompson Headwaters (B), TNRD Wells Gray Country (A) Candidates

If you are a Union member, does your union (provide union/local name) offer endorsement to members running for public office? If so, have you applied for/received endorsement from your union?


darrell@dlk.ca Answered

I am a union member. However I have not sought their endorsement.