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LETTER – Postponing PAC referendum in best interests of public at this time

Conceptual drawing of proposed PAC.

On behalf of the Kamloops Centre for the Arts Society board of directors, I would like to thank the mayor for requesting a postponement of the upcoming referendum and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for making this prudent choice.

In our collective interest of public safety, we believe that holding off on the referendum is in the best interest of everyone at this time.

To our 5,000+ members – thank you for supporting this project. We hope you will continue to demonstrate your support over the coming months and we look forward to seeing you at the polls when the referendum does take place.

To the 100+ businesses and organizations that have come out in support of this project, please know how appreciative we are and how much we are thinking of all of you in these challenging times.  While many local businesses have had to close, others may be operating on reduced hours or services. I encourage our membership to support these local businesses, organizations and non-profits who are the heart of our community.

We are working closely with the City to determine next steps and we will continue to provide updates on our progress to the community through our website, social media and traditional media outlets.

In times of upheaval and change, we have an opportunity to reflect and define what our community will be in the future.  This project is important for both our social and economic wellbeing — in Kamloops and throughout the region — and we look forward to continuing in our efforts to realize this centre in the near future. I know that we will choose to make Kamloops a better place!

Thank you,

NORM DALEY
Chair, Kamloops Centre for the Arts Society

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2 Comments on LETTER – Postponing PAC referendum in best interests of public at this time

  1. John Noakes // March 20, 2020 at 10:08 AM // Reply

    It is a good thing we cannot see the future but out of this pandemic, we all hope that many good things will come. One of the best things would be a change of heart and direction.
    Instead of a performing arts centre, maybe the citizens of Kamloops will have a new vision for something more than a social place to go. How about a place for learning and training named in honour of Dr. Bonnie Henry?
    I think she had more to do with postponing the referendum than did Mayor Christian.
    As far as a vision for a new building being a rallying point for the revitalization of our city, our businesses and our economy, it’s going to take something with a lot more meaning to it than a PAC.

  2. Without doubt a gracious and responsible message. Good for you. We will put this hope aside while we care for each other and our community.

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