Kamloops Chamber issues report card for city council

By James Peters
November 16, 2016 - 11:54am Updated: November 17, 2016 - 8:43am

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops council gets critiques from all across the community, and now has an official evaluation from the city's chamber of commerce.

The chamber has graded council based on four categories - fiscal accountability, business vibrancy, improving business processes and community engagement.

Second Vice President Joshua Knaak says the chamber decided it would be better to evaluate council as a whole, rather than individual councillors.

"They do act as a whole. To get into evaluating individuals is probably less constructive. We have always had a pretty good relationship with the city, and with council," explained Knaak, adding "We still felt a responsibility to our membership to issue a report, and to make it be known what we see them doing well, and where we see areas of improvement." 

Knaak says the city has made positive improvements in accountability and engagement, but would like to see council take a more "open for business" attitude to projects being evaluated by regulatory bodies, such as Ajax or the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

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