Candidates in the Sept. 30 Kamloops civic by-election are invited to make submissions to ArmchairMayor.ca on their platforms, biographical information, contact information or specific issues. Please keep them to 550 words or less. The following is from candidate for councillor Jennifer Dawn Adams.
I was thrilled to see the invitation to write into the Armchair Mayor. My name is Jennifer Dawn Adams and I am running to represent the people of Kamloops on City Council.
When I was a little girl, if I was adamant on my position I would state my mind, stomp out my name reinforcing my position. I believe that I, Jennifer Dawn Adams, will serve you the people of Kamloops well.
I am the “common” sense candidate with a vision of the future and a fierce determination to help and serve. I believe and I quote:
“Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.” Chris Hadfield
I want to help Kamloops shine. Kamloops is on the threshold of exciting times and unprecedented growth, stunted only, by lack of housing and unemployment.
Making the decision to become a public servant was not one I made lightly. I am humble, teachable, determined and fearless. Tough love is something I dish out every day as a mom to four kids, and adopted mom to a few more. Saying no, and setting spending limits are important things to bring to the table as a city councillor.
I believe I bring a fresh progressive, innovative and creative voice from the people, for the people.
Kamloops residents/businesses have growing concerns with increases in homelessness, petty crime, vagrancy, public drug use, drinking and squatting. Optics are important, these behaviours affect the bottom line and safety of Kamloops business, visitors and citizens.
Compassion should be the lens we look thru when we act and plan to ensure every person’s civil rights, safety and human dignity are considered and respected. Public lockers, public showers, more public washrooms and private carts could have been provided for the same cost as the increased Bylaw and RCMP foot patrols over the summer.
The Kamloops Cart caper with our Bylaw and RCMP, was in my opinion a good example of bad optics. With progressive, innovative thinking we could have spent less, made a bigger and better impact, and respected and supported everyone’s rights.
Inclusive zoning, increasing density, housing first principles, innovation and collaboration should guide us. We do not need to recreate the wheel. Cities that have reduced homelessness serve as a model we can emulate with confidence.
Paying for parking at the hospital (a ridiculous maddening practice) and paying for parking downtown sets us apart from some cities, and, downtown from the rest of the city.
I know we can find other ways to feed the machine.
Good paying jobs and healthy taxation on an industry that can afford it, cannabis. The federal government announced they would meet the July 2018 deadline for legalization of recreational cannabis, are we ready to ride the wave? Kamloops needs a comprehensive well thought out plan so we “hit the ground running” Perhaps then we could stop charging for parking at the hospital and end the Kamloops parking war.