I think facebook might be a very bad thing for my blogging! I have some outstanding items to write about. I outlined these some time back. I still intend to cover all these before they get to being old news :).
It's Canada Day today. I hope you all had a wonderful time. I didn't want to get into detail on one issue but wanted to give you some short updates. I've made a little visual to go with the updates.
1. City sets election 2014 bylaw: City council approved polling stations at new locations - Sahali Mall and Mac Park Island Sports and Event Centre, and an advanced poll at TRU. Candidates will need 10 eligible voters to nominate them to get on the municipal ballot, up from 2 previously.
2. Fundraising campaign launched for John Todd community centre: The former John Todd elementary school is being renovated as a community centre. The Boys and Girls Club and the Kamloops YMCA are the anchor tenants. The North Shore Business Improvement Association, the United Way and other community partners have launched a community fundraising campaign to help with the renovation effort.
3. Interior Car Share Co-operative almost off the ground: For the past seven months, a group of citizens have been meeting every two weeks and are very close to launching a car sharing co-operative in Kamloops. A car share was one of the two top ideas mentioned by participants in the Kamloops Idea Festival I hosted last year. I've been honoured to help this group in its efforts. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.interiorcarshare.ca for more info.
4. Filipino Canada Barrio Fiesta dinner: We are so lucky in Kamloops to have a great number of vibrant cultural communities. And I felt very lucky to represent Mayor and Council at the recent Kamloops Filipino Canada association Barrio Fiesta. A great turnout, a wonderful program with entertainment and activities, and such welcoming people!
5. UBCM Meetings in July: This month, I will be attending the UBCM executive meetings in Vancouver. One thing I'd like to do is to ask if we can incorporate some more sessions on good public engagement practices at this year's convention.
6. Hosting delegation from Uji Japan: Today is the first full day of the 2014 Uji Japan sister city delegation to Kamloops. It's wonderful to meet local government officials and interesting citizens from Uji. I am learning a lot about different cultural and government practices. I am always looking for things I can incorporate into my own work as a councillor.