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Kamloops councillors bring forward motions to increase accessibility, stakeholder communication

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Two Kamloops councillors are bringing motions to next week's meeting addressing accessibility spending and communication with those representing workers.

Coun. Sadie Hunter wants to see funding for projects which will make Kamloops more accessible for people with mobility concerns. Her motion would add options for accessibility to the 2020 five-year financial plan, which helps guide how the city creates a budget each year. Hunter's goal is for the intentional inclusion of funding for accessibility projects, as opposed to dealing with things as they pop up.

"I think if you've never experienced barriers to mobility or accessing a building you might not think of it, so I don't think it's neglect," she says. "I just think there needs to be a voice there to say, 'What about these things? Let's include these things as we move forward."'

She points out the active transportation budget was just increased to $900,000, but there wasn't a correlating budget increase to accessible transportation.

Meanwhile, Coun. Dale Bass wants to grow the list of stakeholders the city communicates with as it works on new plans and policies to include the Kamloops and District Labour Council.

"We meet with the business association, we meet with the chamber, we meet with neighbourhood associations, but we don't with workers," she says. "We don't know the future and we should start engaging with them now."

Both motions will be up for debate at next week's council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17.


Brendan Kergin

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