A Kamloops city councillor has returned for another year to the board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Coun. Arjun Singh was first elected to the FCM board in 2020. As council’s longest-standing city councillor, he was previously involved with the Union of BC Municipalities board, including serving a term as president.
Coun. Sadie Hunter is now director at large for the UBCM, while Coun. Bill Sarai represents council at the Interior government level through the Southern Interior Local Government Association.
The FCM is a national group that represents Canadian municipalities in discussions with the federal government. The UBCM and SILGA represent provincial and Southern Interior communities, respectively, in talks with Victoria.
Meanwhile, Kamloops council is planning a number of meetings with provincial ministers at the 2022 Union of BC Municipalities convention.
Council advocacy priorities include Car 40 expansion and detox/treatment beds (Car 40 is a program that pairs a nurse with a Mountie to respond to mental health-related calls), Royal Inland Hospital staffing and doctor shortages, a mental-health court, BC Housing accountability and funding for the Memorial Cup, Scotties Tournament of Hearts and a performing-arts centre.
The UBCM convention is scheduled to take place in Whistler from Sept. 12 to Sept. 16.