An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
KUDOS TO SEVERAL CITY COUNCILLORS who are determined to wrestle the issue of social housing and associated street crime to the ground.
Coun. Bill Sarai presented a lengthy notice of motion as Tuesday’s Kamloops council meeting was winding down aimed at getting some action. He wants more 24/7 security patrols hired for downtown and on the Tranquille shopping corridor, subsidies for businesses to install more surveillance cameras and more co-ordination from provincial ministries to get a handle on the problem.
He proposes asking the province to review criteria for social housing projects and support programs as well as ensuring wrap-around services are provided when new housing is built.
Sarai was followed by Coun. Dale Bass, who submitted her own notice of motion proposing use of federal-provincial Safe Restart COVID funding for street-related issues such as washroom options for the homeless, additional storage and temporary housing.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.