Kamloops council asked to consider free transit for seniors during non-peak times

The request is the latest in a series of notices of motion made by former councillor Donovan Cavers during his final council meeting last October. Cavers failed in his bid for a third term on council in the Oct. 21 civic election

Kamloops council will be asked next week to provide free use of transit to seniors during midday, non-peak times.

The request is another so-called ghost motion from former Kamloops councillor Donovan Cavers, who filed 11 notices of motion — one to be considered each month — during his final council meeting last October. Cavers failed in his bid for a third term on council in the Oct. 20, 2018, civic election.

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None of the previous notices of motion by Cavers placed before council have been implemented by the city’s elected representatives.

civic election 2018 Cavers
Donovan Cavers composes a concession tweet at city hall oon election night — Oct. 20, 2018. The incumbent councillor failed in his re-election bid and was also unsuccessful in his bid for a seat on the Kamloops-Thompson board of education. At his final council meeting in October, he introduced 11 notices of motion that will be on council agendas through October 2019. - Allen Douglas

The latest notice of motion asks that the city provide free use of the conventional transit fleet to seniors (over the age of 65) during midday, non-peak times. The motion suggests such a move will help alleviate peak-time pressure on buses by having seniors attend appointments and functions during non-peak times, with the use of free transit.

“Seniors have contributed significantly to the community in many ways over the course of their lives,” the notice of motion also reads.

The last transit-related ghost motion by Cavers was a December bid to have Kamloops adopt year-round transit, with buses running every day on the calendar, including on holidays now not served by transit. Council did not discuss the matter as nobody moved the notice of motion.

Shortly after Cavers’ notices of motion began appearing on agendas last fall, Coun. Arjun Singh said he would no longer support them, due to the fact the new council had yet to set its strategic plan and Cavers was not re-elected.

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