Walsh to push Cavers' 'ghost' motion on Tuesday

Cavers filed 11 notices of motion during his final council meeting in a last-ditch effort to make change at city hall, after failing to secure re-election in October’s civic election. The latest tackles corporate jargon

The next so-called “ghost motion” from former city councillor Donovan Cavers hopes to minimize corporate jargon in internal city language.

Cavers noted current municipal descriptions of Kamloops residents as “customers” and “clients” as the worst examples, which he cited in a notice of motion to be discussed in council chambers on Tuesday afternoon.

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Cavers filed 11 notices of motion during his final council meeting in a last-ditch effort to make change at city hall, after failing to secure re-election in October’s civic election.

Cavers told KTW current city language implies the public service provider is a business.

“To me, that’s an important distinction,” he said.

Cavers said branding should better differentiate staff and council. To that end, he criticized a new committee structure, wherein city committees align with staff departments. It was approved by council before the holidays.

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Donovan Cavers composes a concession tweet at city hall oon election night — Oct. 20. 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 motions that will be on council agendas through October 2019. - Allen Douglas

“I think it’s bad for council, actually,” Cavers said, adding council is placing significant trust in administration.

Meanwhile, Cavers’ internal language motion requires support from council and Coun. Denis Walsh said he agreed with Cavers’ motion, with plans to move it on Tuesday.

Without Cavers there to advocate for his motions, other councillors must move them, speak on their behalf and eventually vote in a majority to approve them.

Previous efforts have done little more than illicit conversation at city hall, with Coun. Arjun Singh going so far as to state he would no longer support Cavers’ motions after he was not re-elected.

The motions have also apparently been dubbed “ghost motions” around city hall.

Cavers said the decision is ultimately up to council; however, he argued council should evaluate each notice of motion based on its merit.

He said it is blind dismissal that “annoys” him.

“Supposedly, I’m not a councillor now, so basically I shouldn’t have any influence on public policy, currently,” Cavers said.

“But that’s garbage because there’s motions that were moved or seconded by [the late former councillor] Marg Spina that still come to council. It’s not like past councils don’t have impact on current councils.”

Cavers’ motions will appear on council agendas through October. Next month, a notice of motion he filed will attempt to impose a deadline on the implementation of organic waste collection.

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