BEFORE WRITING this week’s column, I asked the mayor along with our eight City councillors if they could provide some perspective on a rather sensitive and fractious issue the city faces. Mayor Christian responded, as did Coun. Walsh while councillors Dhaliwal, Cavers, Dudy, Lange, Sinclair, Singh and Wallace did not.
Details on their idea can be found in a recent story by Chad Klassen’s https://cfjctoday.com/article/627755/needle-buy-back-program-hopes-clean-sharps-around-citythat explains how Ms. King and Mr. Giesbrecht are using their own money to buy back used needles for 5 cents each.
The Interior Health Authority (IHA) provides these needles (sharps) but has done nothing about used sharps such as an exchange or buy-back programs.
Bill McQuarrie is a Kamloops entrepreneur. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. He tweets @bafflegabbed.