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FEATURED COMMENT – North Shore is ignored but she’s proud to live there

Re: North  Shore continues to struggle with weak-sister image

We aren’t the weak sister, Mel, we barely qualify as a distant relative when it comes to city hall. My family moved to North Kamloops from Calgary in 1966. Kamloops was a very small city then , nothing on the hill (except the infamous Andy’s Hideaway and the cop shop and jail.

Not much in Westsyde except mechanics and orchards. There was no Batchelor Heights. The airport was puny with only a couple of flights per day. We had grocery stores and gas stations and drug stores in North Kamloops but had to go downtown for most shopping.

There were very few sidewalks and the roads were full of potholes. I left Kamloops in 1980. I returned in 2004 and guess what? After all these years we are still woefully short of sidewalks and the pot holes proliferate.

I chose to live in North Kamloops again this time around and am proud to live here. I lived in Valleyview , hated it . Lived in Sahali, hated it. Thousands of people have now settled on the North Shore. Westsyde is a large bustling community, likewise Batchelor Heights.

Does City Hall still ignore us? For the most they do, or they spend money unwisely (think Spirit Square ) Does North Kamloops still have a bad reputation? Yes, we still do but it is no worse here than it is on the South Shore and the people are a lot nicer.

GAIL PATON

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1 Comment on FEATURED COMMENT – North Shore is ignored but she’s proud to live there

  1. Trish Keegan // February 2, 2020 at 1:33 PM // Reply

    Thanks, Ms. Paton, for your insights on the North Shore. I live in the Sagebrush neighbourhood on the south shore, but have always like the North Shore, its quaint shops on Tranquille, and the distinct “feel” of the whole area. There are some lovely homes and some wonderful people. I, too, feel that the North Shore receives short shrift from City council and staff. The proposed Cultural Centre should be built on the North Shore; I would have voted “yes” in 2015 if it was to be built there.

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