An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
MAYBE BUYING THE FORTUNE MOTEL was a good idea.
Maybe it will prove to be a good location for housing the homeless but, maybe not.
BC Housing‘s long-term plans are a bit vague, and Kamloops City council has every right to be cheesed off about the way the decision came about, announced by way of a government press release saying 40 units will be developed into “temporary supportive homes” and that BC Housing “will work with the City of Kamloops and the community on a plan for permanent use of the property.”
That seems to be the way BC Housing works — buy now, spring the surprise, consult later about a done deal.
By way of another example, the City of Penticton issued its own media release yesterday, saying it intends to move forward with a lawsuit against the Province over BC Housing’s handling of property acquisitions in that city.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.