Busy week at UBCM

It will be a busy week for municipal politicians attending next week's Union of BC Municipalities convention in Victoria.

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater and their various councillors will be kept busy with various meeting with provincial ministry staff on items of importance to both their respective cities and the region.

On the plate of both is a meeting with Transportation Minister Todd Stone to get an update on the Central Okanagan Corridor study and, a potential second crossing of Okanagan Lake.

Also of importance to Findlater and council are discussions surrounding PST exemptions for municipalities, BC Hydro's proposed second transmission line into the municipality, wildfire mitigation and secondary evacuation routes and bio-solids.

Basran, meantime, said one of Kelowna's top priorities will be housing.

"We know the provincial government has announced $500 million for housing, so we'll have some questions in regards to that and how it's going to be allocated," said Basran.

"I also look forward to following up on money they announced for tech start-ups, and what will start being divvied out. Because, as we know, Kelowna has solidified itself as a tech hub in the province."

Basran said meetings are also set up with the Health Ministry to discuss the city's on-going water concerns.

The city has also put forth a resolution asking the province to consider setting up an Integrity Commission.

"We're seeing where there's really no mechanism in place to deal with discipline when it comes to elected officials citing inappropriately.

"If an elected official is behaving, or doing things inappropriately here in Kelowna, we would have an independent third party who could investigate it, and come up with a remedy or some sort of penalty."

Basran said UBCM likes the resolution, and will put forth that this be studied further.

The convention begins Monday and wraps up Friday.


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