National Waste Reduction Week is happening in Kamloops Oct. 21 to 27 and City environmental educator Jamie Garbutt is reminding everyone there are four Rs to being greener.
“The goal is to increase awareness about our waste,” she told council Tuesday.
“Rethink. We want to rethink our purchases. Can we borrow it, do we need it, can something be repaired?” she said.
The other three Rs are still out there: reduce: print on both sides of paper, maybe share books or magazines with a colleague; reuse: try a litterless lunch using a plasticware box for your food; recycle: that one’s pretty self-explanatory with the City’s recycling program.
Garbutt said the week-long promotion will include challenging schoolchildren to pack litterless lunches.
Week Without Violence is coming soon
The Kamloops YWCA is promoting Oct. 14 to 20 as a Week Without Violence.
And two young women who addressed City council Tuesday painted a picture of what it might be like: a world where women can walk at night without fear; where there are schools with no bullying.
YWCAs across Canada are hosting a series of events and the Kamloops Y is no exception. More information on events and dates are available at Y locations around town.
Homeless are in focus next week
Oct. 13 to 19 is Homelessness Action Week and there are events being held in Kamloops, especially on Wednesday, Oct. 16, and Friday, Oct. 18.
Jayden Riley, co-ordinator for the week, told council Tuesday the Wednesday event includes documentaries and discussion about homelessness being shown at the Paramount theatre downtown starting at 7 p.m.
On Friday, Project Homeless Connect sets up at the Spirit Square on the North Shore, from noon to 4 p.m. The gathering will include a free barbecue, free flu clinic, live music and activities.
Public to weigh in on used-car proposal
A light-industrial property on Ord Road already used for an auto-related business could be expanding into used-car sales and repairs.
City council voted Tuesday to put the rezoning for the property to a public hearing.
Coun. Marg Spina noted the lot is across the road from a large mobile home park and there could be noise concerns.
City development and engineering services director Marvin Kwiatkowski said he expected that will be part of the public hearing discussion.
City faces rezoning its own property
The City has bought a property on Seventh Street for a new North Shore community policing office.
But first, it has to rezone the land.
City development and engineering services director Marvin Kwiatkowski said Tuesday those who will be speaking for the rezoning are involved with the policing office, not City staff.
Staff will still report on the proposal as they usually do.
The City is leasing its policing office on Fortune Drive and wants to establish a larger space that it owns.
Council approved the proposal going to a public hearing.
Lawyers still find City’s banner policy holds up
The controversy over a pro-life banner that the City has allowed over downtown and North Shore streets is still going.
Council received a letter in its Tuesday package from West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund expressing concern over the practice.
Mayor Peter Milobar said the issue wasn’t dying down, so the City got another written opinion from its own lawyers at Fulton and Company.
Council voted to send a copy to West Coast LEAF and to another resident who wrote objecting to the banner last week.
The Fulton letter notes the City has a policy that requires the name of the sponsoring group to be displayed. The banner includes a pro-life logo, but no group name.
However, the firm’s written opinion continued, the banner meets the City’s 2008 requirements which is when the first application was made to the City.
“Given that the May 2008 policy was the policy in force at the time of the Oct 2012 application for approval to display the banner, the approval is appropriately subject to the May 2008 policy,” the letter stated.