A Union of B.C. Municipalities motion last month calling for the Riverview mental institution to be reopened to deal with a “mental health crisis” in the province prompted the head of the Hillside Centre in Kamloops to write City council.
“I am disappointed if Kamloops as a city supported this misguided resolution, especially without taking the time to consult the people in this community who have expertise on this very issue,” wrote Dr. Paul Dagg.
“There is a problem with homelessness in this province, and a problem with overall funding of mental health services, but the solution to either is not a re-opening of an asylum that hid people behind a screen of trees and prevented them from living lives to the fullest degree possible.”
But council members who were at the UBCM’s fall convention said the resolution went through in a block of motions at a time when the Kamloops delegates were in meetings with government ministers.
Coun. Arjun Singh said none of the Kamloops group was in on the Riverview vote. He offered to call Dagg and speak to him about his concerns.
Singh was elected as a UBCM director at the fall convention.