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Sinclair wants people to embrace community

Kathy Sinclair has just got started. The incumbent city councillor elected in the 2017 byelection is running for her first full term on council. “I’m really passionate about making a difference in our city,” she said.
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Kamloops Coun. Kathy Sinclair.

Kathy Sinclair has just got started.

The incumbent city councillor elected in the 2017 byelection is running for her first full term on council.

“I’m really passionate about making a difference in our city,” she said.

Sinclair said she has learned a lot and has had humbling experiences since being elected. She told KTW when she won her seat — finishing atop the polls in the 21-candidate race for two council seats — that recycling would be her first priority.

While it remains a focus, Sinclair said she has a better understanding of the system and the impacts of industrial and commercial recycling, compared to residential.

“As a citizen and as a consumer, my own personal passion is recycling and improving that but, when you look at the bigger picture — which we’re well aware of at city hall — we need to start focusing on commercial and industrial,” Sinclair said. “We’re also looking at organics waste pickup, possibly.”

She is proud of council’s unanimous support for affordable-housing projects and said the city has taken positive steps forward in the area of sustainability and building on the Tournament Capital brand. Among Sinclair’s platform priorities is further promoting block parties, festivals, tournaments and events.

Sinclair said the city could improve communicating good stories and make more clear what municipalities do and don’t have power over.

She noted strides with hiring new communications staff and Sinclair herself is active on social media, responding to resident inquiries and quelling rumours.

Sinclair remains executive director of the Kamloops Arts Council and is a member of the Rotary Club of Kamloops.

Her campaign slogan is “Vibrant community. Thriving economy. A place for everybody.”

Other priorities include creating safe neighbourhoods, engaging citizens, growing tourism, North Shore revitalization, support for small businesses, fiscal responsibility, housing, diversity and accessibility.

Sinclair recently brought forward a motion directing staff to research the idea of allowing secondary suites and she looks forward to seeing the report from staff in 2019.

On Sept. 13 at Leon John’s Deli on the North Shore, she is hosting a public conversation as part of On the Table BC. She wants to hear what would make residents get more involved in the community and what could be done to make the community a better place.

Sinclair is online at kathy4kamloops.ca. She can be reached by phone at 250-299-1203 and by email at hello@kathy4kamloops.ca.