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Kamloops is getting a rainbow crosswalk downtown

This crosswalk at Second Avenue and Seymour Street will be getting a little more vibrant. (via Brendan Kergin)

The City of Kamloops will be getting a permanent symbol of Pride.

City council has approved a rainbow crosswalk for the intersection of Second Avenue and Seymour Street. The crosswalk will run from the Kamloops Museum to Gaglardi Square across Second Avenue.

The crosswalk was requested earlier this year by the city's Pride group as a sign of inclusivity and support for the LGBTQ+ community.

Councillors voiced support for the spirit of the crosswalk and voted unanimously in support of it, but multiple councillors voiced concerns other groups might come forward requesting the city make crosswalks for them.

"This to me, is opening up a lot asks," said Coun. Bill Sarai. "And there could be a lot of pressure on this council if more groups come forward."

Coun. Dieter Dudy expressed the same concern and was worried the city may be opening itself up to a legal challenge like the one that affected flags and banners across B.C. City staff were unaware of any legal issues when asked by Coun. Dale Bass.

Mayor Ken Christian noted that a difference between most other groups and the LGBTQ+ community is the persecution faced by people in the LGBTQ+ community. Coun. Kathy Sinclair added that while the Pride group brought the crosswalk concept forward, the rainbow is a broader symbol.

"We're talking about Kamloops Pride," she said. "This goes beyond a special interest group, it goes toward a fairly sizable population of Kamloops."

The initial cost of the crosswalk will be $6,000, with maintenance costs of a couple thousand every seven or eight years, according to city engineering director Marvin Kwiatkowski.

The Kamloops Pride group are donating $1,500 to the initial cost.


Brendan Kergin

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Brendan Kergin is a digital reporter based in Kamloops.
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