McQUARRIE – Creative thinking a good way to get shut down by City council

(Image: Screenshot, CFJC Today)

THINGS GOT a bit testy at City Hall last Tuesday when Councillor Cavers introduced his motion asking staff to review and have a look at best practices when it came to snow removal.

What appeared to be a straightforward and good idea, turned into suggestions from the Mayor’s Chair that is was tantamount to accusing staff of not working hard enough or not being on top of their game.

Caver’s motion was a simple suggestion that City staff spend some time looking into our snow clearing strategies.


Bill McQuarrie is a Kamloops entrepreneur. He can be contacted at He tweets @bafflegabbed.


3 Comments on McQUARRIE – Creative thinking a good way to get shut down by City council

  1. This op-piece has brought another two-folds thought forward. One is in regards to the ward system proposal someone made a while back, the other in regards to gender equality on council.
    What this latest council fiasco has highlighted in my opinion is, nothing else matters for a councilor but the willingness to talk to as many people as possible, to question assumptions and conventions and to research a topic, (any topic for that matter) far and wide.
    It doesn’t matter sex, gender, place of birth, place of residence or even formal education credential…it matters a passion and a willingness to solve problems in a balanced way.

  2. Another great op-peice by BM!
    Keep them coming…a little sanity in a sea of complacency and ineffectiveness!

  3. Elaine Sedgman // January 30, 2018 at 10:23 AM // Reply

    I agree about mobility issues.I need to use walking sticks because of arthritis. I have to walk in the middle of the street because the sidewalks are not cleared properly in my neighborhood. I’m afraid of falling. Basically not being able to walk safely is a health issue. I walk to stay healthy. To say that we should take a taxi is a very narrow viewpoint. Taking a taxi is not a solution.

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