Letter: Fortune Motel use could become a civic election issue

Editor:

How are the winds of political fortune blowing in Kamloops these days?

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If one is to consider the proposed changes to the Fortune Motel in North Kamloops, the winds of change may carry the fragrance of an election issue.

The province has purchased the former motel, with plans to turn it into supportive housing. 

Yet to be announced is the date for a rezoning hearing for Kamloops council to vote on the proposal.

A bit of a rumble has already been heard from one of the councillors about the rezoning process.

Supportive housing does come with its challenges, but so does living on the street.  

I hope memories of a cold night sleeping outside in a cardboard box have not faded to the point where the promises made in the cold of the night are forgotten when the time comes to raise one’s hand.

Will that hand be raised in favour of helping the homeless or will that hand remain on the table due to considering the impact to the neighbourhood’s residents and businesses?

For at least a few of the incumbents who may be considering a re-election run in October 2022, the playing out of the Fortune Motel proposal will be an election issue for me.

John Noakes

Kamloops

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