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Council approves urban hens by 6-3 vote

June
14
,
2016
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City council allowed urban hens by a vote of 6-3 Tuesday night after hearing from both sides of the debate, including a warning from a naturalist that bear conflicts will increase without electric fencing. The approval of amendments to the animal...

Council vote reverses Save-On VQA decision

June
14
,
2016
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After repeated reassurances from Save-On-Foods that it would sell exclusively B.C. VQA-only wines at its Columbia Place, two City councillors changed their positions Tuesday, allowing reconsideration of a variance application for an in-store kiosk...

Get set for Round 2 in grocery wine debate

By Mike Youds
June
10
,
2016
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Save-on-Foods is back before City council Tuesday, appealing a decision that prevents the grocer from opening a B.C. VQA wine outlet at Columbia Place Mall. Steve Moriarty, director of B.C. Wines for Overwaitea Food Group, will make the case for...

Petitioners, wine industry pressure council

June
7
,
2016
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An online petition asking councillors to reconsider their refusal to accommodate a VQA outlet at Save-On-Foods is on its way to city hall with 1,100 signatures. The change.org petition urges the city to grant a zoning variance to grocer...

Here come the hens again, seven years later

June
6
,
2016
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The last time City Hall tried to make up its mind whether to allow urban hens in Kamloops, about 40 people crammed into council chambers, the advance guard for what was known as the Urban Hen Movement. While they managed to change a few minds,...

Second VQA vote unlikely despite protests

May
27
,
2016
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Anyone hoping for sober second thought on City council’s decision blocking a specialty wine store at Save-On-Foods may be sorely disappointed. City councillors who voted 5-2 not to allow a zoning variance for the VQA liquor store have said...

Council OKs gradual recreation fee increases

May
18
,
2016
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Expect to pay a little more to use civic recreation facilities over the next five years as the City gradually hikes fees and charges to maintain a 50 percent user-pay ratio. City council voted Tuesday to gradually increase recreation fees every...

TRU plans raise neighbourhood concerns

May
18
,
2016
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Neighbourhood concerns about loss of view, loss of green space and commercial viability didn’t deter City council from agreeing to proceed to the public hearing phase of TRU’s master plan. Council voted unanimously Tuesday night,...

Council votes down variance for VQA wine store

May
17
,
2016
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A specialty VQA liquor licence is likely lost to Kamloops with the City council’s 5-2 vote not to permit a variance that would have allowed Save-On-Foods to open a VQA-only store, says the executive director of Kamloops Wineries Association. ...

Relief donations encouraged through agencies

May
11
,
2016
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There won’t be a City of Kamloops aid fund gathering local donations for the Fort McMurray disaster response. The idea was dismissed after a brief council discussion Tuesday that was prompted by a public query about setting up a fund. ...