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‘Why are you treating citizens that way?’

July
29
,
2015
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Four years in, 99 per cent of Kamloops is connected to water meters and the City is coming to terms with the final one per cent. Those who have held out — including many who refused smart meters over health concerns — are facing...

Smoking ban in parks up for consideration

July
29
,
2015
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Fed up with secondhand smoke in Riverside Park, Bob Wren has challenged the City to ban smoking in parks as other communities have done. Wren went before council on July 28 to present his case. “I’m here out of desperation more...

City asks KGHM, KAPA to share review costs

July
29
,
2015
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The City will ask mine proponent KGHM as well as its chief opponent, Kamloops Area Preservation Association, to contribute to the estimated $300,000 cost of reviewing the Ajax environmental permit application. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to...

Destructive, vulgar and racist

July
27
,
2015
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“Smear it, please. We’ll get there.” That’s the stock response property owners get from the City’s graffiti task force when they call to report offensive tagging. Those instances are happening more often, says Ronnie Bouvier, who heads the graffiti control effort. ...

A change in the weather

July
25
,
2015
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New watershed plans are intended to pinpoint flood mitigation measures and infrastructure improvements that would reduce property damage in such storms, says Jonathan Welke, the City’s water and sewer engineer. “We want to take a more holistic approach and look at all request for services after last year’s storm,” he told council recently. That was before another destructive storm hit Westsyde in June. ...

Better a pool rescued than a roof collapsed

July
23
,
2015
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Will Canada 150 toss a life ring to a floundering Westsyde Pool? That’s what the City of Kamloops and Westsyde Community Development Society (WCDS) are hoping after a setback season for the 40-year-old community amenity. ...

'If any one thing doesn't go right, it's game over'

July
19
,
2015
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“Sometimes when we look at it, it looks crazy.” — Adam Steltzner, engineer ...

After 2 months and 2 hours of debate, City council bans use of cosmetic pesticides

July
15
,
2015
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After two months of impassioned debate, hundreds of emails and countless phone calls, it fell to Coun. Arjun Singh’s deciding vote on Tuesday to ban residential cosmetic use of pesticides in Kamloops. “The thing that really concerns me is the impact on vulnerable populations,” Singh said, bringing the thorny issue to a close after two hours of presentations and discussion. ...

Everybody OK after semi, pickup crash

June
25
,
2015
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Everybody walked away from a crash between a semi-trailer and a pickup truck late last night. ...

Taking to the street against 'sewage sludge' Nicola Valley residents bring protest to city

June
23
,
2015
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About 40 protesters took over the 500 block of Victoria Street on Friday to protest the storage of biosolids in the Nicola Valley. Carrying placards that said Science Says No to Sewage Sludge, Respect First Nations Moratorium and Bye Bye Jackie — the latter an apparent reference to Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart — they chanted and mingled on the street  ...