Kamloops council dismisses request for free transit for refugees
By Brendan Kergin
(JENNIFER STAHN / iNFOnews.ca)
April 27, 2016 - 10:30 AM
KAMLOOPS - City council has decided not to give bus passes to new refugees making Kamloops their home.
Coun. Donovan Cavers asked the rest of council to reconsider a motion for the city to give newly-arrived refugees monthly transit passes. The issue was brought forth at the April 12 meeting, but received no action. At a regular council meeting yesterday, April 26, Cavers asked council to reconsider a bus pass program but it was voted down by the majority of council.
Cavers says he is dissappointed with the decision.
“The buck stops there I guess,” he said following the meeting. “It’s the will of council.”
The issue of the city providing bus passes for refugees was brought forward at the last council meeting, when Cavers was the acting chair of the meeting and unable to move the motion. After that meeting Cavers said he thought the motion had support and planned for to bring it up at the next council meeting.
Kamloops Immigrant Services sent the letter to council March 24 requesting bus passes be provided to newly-arrived refugees settling in Kamloops. In an attached document to council, city administration said the program could be easily dealt with.
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