Kamloops council taking many issues to UBCM convention

By Vanessa Ybarra
September 24, 2017 - 9:24am Updated: September 24, 2017 - 10:55am

KAMLOOPS — Drug issues, affordable housing, business investment and improving bus services are some of the main issues city councillors and Acting Mayor Arjun Singh will be taking with them to the UBCM Convention Monday.

The annual convention runs Monday to Friday in Vancouver.

Singh says he plans to speak with the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on the city's supervized injection site.

"It's an issue that we're monitoring very closely to make sure that it's actually being a help rather than having a negative impact," said Singh. "We're also looking at how we can work with various partners and agencies on additional housing and addictions services. No one wants to see people out on the street but it's also a question of will these services have a negative impact on residences and businesses throughout the community?

Singh says other discussions throughout the conference will include finding ways to attract more TV and film opportunities to Kamloops.

Then, there's B.C. Transit.

"We want to talk a bit about aligning our funding cycles better," said Singh. "If they can do it November to April it's a bit easier for us to consider it amongst the other budget items we're working on. Then there's marketing. There's a feeling among a lot of us we can do better job marketign bus services throughout the city. In doing so, it gets more people riding and limits greenhouse gas emissions which means we're not spending as much money improving roads all the time."

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