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Kamloops chapter hosts all-candidates forum

Incumbent Kamloops mayor Ken Christian answers questions at the all-candidates forum at the Kamloops Farmers’ Market on Sept. 22 hosted by the Council of Canadians. (Photo by Karen Edwards / iNFOnews.ca)

The Council of Canadians’ Kamloops chapter hosted an all-candidates forum at the local farmers’ market for municipal candidates on September 22. B.C. residents will be casting ballots to elect their municipal representatives on October 20.

According to Kelowna infonews.ca, questions during the two-hour event focused on “views on affordable housing, shelters, diversity around the council table, cannabis business licence fees and even if a local currency should be considered for the city.”

Attendees also wanted to know about downtown development and municipal relationships with Indigenous peoples.

According to the online publication, councillor candidates in attendance included Jennifer D. Adams, Nicholas Adams, Dale Bass, Chris Bose, Donovan Grube Cavers, Dieter Dudy, Sadie Hunter, Jimmy Johal, Stephen Karpuk, Alison Klie, Kathy Sinclair, Arjun Singh, Denis J. Walsh and Gerald Kenyon Watson.

Absent candidates included Corally Delwo, Ray Dhaliwal, Dennis Giesbrecht, Shawn Harnett, Caroline King, Mike O’Reilly and Bill Sarai.

Council of Canadians chapters across the country play an instrumental role in building civic awareness and engagement by hosting all-candidates meetings, distributing information in the lead-up to elections, and rallying people to vote on Election Day.

Congratulations to the Kamloops chapter on a great event!