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Let's Talk Kamloops: Recently launched website a chance for locals to give their two cents

The platform is currently in a soft launch phase for six months
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The City of Kamloops is looking to give citizens another avenue of engagement.

Let's Talk Kamloops is a new site that launched this week to get locals to talk to the city about a variety of projects.

City communications manager Wendy Heshka told council on Tuesday (June 12) the website is in a soft launch pilot phase for six months.

"The purpose of this website is to engage citizens," she told council. "We have 50 surveys completed already."

The site's pilot phase will cost the city $6,000 for the first six months. If the city goes forward with the site, it'll be $19,000 annually to run. While there are a limited number of topics on the site, Heshka says that could be expanded in the future and could be unlimited.

While the site is not intended to replace public consultations like open houses, staff noted the site is a much cheaper way to reach the community, and allows people unable to attend meetings (for a variety of reasons) a chance to give feedback.

During Tuesday's council meeting, councillors raised concerns about online comments turning toxic, but Heshka said the platform would be monitored.

"They look at every comment before it goes on the website," she said of the moderators.

She also noted it could be used to stem misinformation, as it would provide a simple access point for people to learn about current or upcoming projects.

The website can be found HERE.



Brendan Kergin

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Brendan Kergin is a digital reporter based in Kamloops.
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