Darrell LaRiviere, a 39-year-old North Shore railroader studying math and physics at Thompson Rivers University, wants the city to fund free tuition for local high school grads in his bid for both school board and city council in the Oct. 15 election.
“In my sort of vision, it would be if you graduated from high school here, and your parents are residents of Kamloops, then you would get free tuition or the city would offer you a bursary or we would just pay the tuition,” he said.
LaRiviere said about 1,000 students graduate each year in Kamloops, but only 50 per cent of students proceed to post-secondary school. He estimated tuition to be $4,600 per year (without fees) and said the city can afford to fund such an initiative. He said he hopes the province would chip in cash, but doubts it would happen.
It’s not LaRiviere’s only idea. He has goals around transportation, climate, affordability and more. He wants to require businesses, through the business licensing process, to display the full cost of goods and services (including tax) and empower city employees by giving them bonuses for submitting ideas that save money.
LaRiviere said he would like to increase access to affordable housing by creating a Kamloops Housing Corporation to build, buy and maintain affordable housing.
“The idea is to compete,” he said. “To compete, offer competition to private enterprises to lower rents.”
Asked if that is not a provincial jurisdiction, LaRiviere replied: “The city can buy houses, just like anyone else.”
He pointed to another idea — a year-round breakfast and lunch program for kids — which he said would have better success with collaboration between the city and school district.
LaRiviere also wants to transition the city’s IT technology to free and open source to save money. He said he is savvy with technology and created his own campaign website, which features a picture of him with the viral figure Ducknana.
Find LaRiviere online at dlk.ca.
Nomination packages can be downloaded online at kamloops.ca/election or picked up at city hall. The forms must be submitted between Aug. 30 and Sept. 9.
Who is seeking office?
As of Aug. 18, by KTW’s count, the following people have declared an intention to run for either mayor or council in the Oct. 15 civic election:
SD73 board of education Kamloops candidates:
Darrel LaRiviere (he plans to run for both council and school board)
Others seeking office can contact KTW by email at email@example.com. The deadline to file nomination papers is 4 p.m. Sept. 9. Deadline to revoke one’s candidacy is 4 p.m. on Sept. 16.
Are you eligible to run for office?
To be eligible to run for office you must:
• be 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
• be a Canadian citizen;
• have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before filing nomination documents;
• not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from voting in an election in B.C. or from being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office, or be otherwise disqualified by law;
• collect the signatures of 10 people who are eligible to vote on Oct. 15.