Castanet Kamloops is going to help you get to know the candidates running for city councillor over the next few weeks. Every weekday morning starting on Sept. 12, we will be posting a Q&A for each hopeful running for Kamloops council in the Oct. 15 local general election. All council candidates will be asked the same questions, and their answers, submitted to Castanet by email, are published in full.
Castanet Kamloops: Why do you think you would be a good councillor for the City of Kamloops? What unique perspective, skills or vision do you bring to the table?
Dale Bass: I think my record of accomplishments speaks for itself. The single-use plastics bylaw. All work on social issues. Getting the average working person a voice through a liaison with the labour council after years of just hearing from business groups. Getting neighbourhood associations a voice on the safe and secure Kamloops committee. Addressing the child-care crisis with incentives to build more centres.
What do you think are the most pressing issues facing the community today?
Bass: Safety. Housing safety. Health-care safety. Street safety. Educational safety.
How can the city best tackle social issues — mental health, addictions, homelessness, crime — given the need to work with other levels of government responsible for those areas?
Bass: The reality is only ongoing lobbying works so it must continue. I would like to see fewer meetings and more getting work done. It would also help if the province would help build agency capacity.
Kamloops and area has felt the impacts in recent years of a changing climate. What do you think the city should do to foster climate resilience and reduce emissions?
Bass: Follow through on our climate action plan. It is wide-ranging, visionary and workable.
How can the City of Kamloops strengthen its partnership with Tk’emlups te Secwepemc and continue working toward reconciliation with First Nations?
Bass: We have a strong relationship. It is considered a model to be copied by other communities. We just need to continue building it.
Visit Castanet's Kamloops Votes page to find profiles for City of Kamloops mayoral and councillor candidates along with links to candidates' websites and social media accounts if available.