City pushes for college

UBCM: Delegates to meet with Premier Christy Clark.

For Salmon Arm council, this week’s Union of BC Municipalities convention in Whistler includes a meeting with Premier Christy Clark.

Mayor Nancy Cooper said the local delegates are meeting with Clark and Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk regarding the downtown campus for Okanagan College.

Cooper said Tom Styffe, chair of the college board, is accompanying them.

Attending the convention this year from Salmon Arm along with Cooper are Couns. Marg Kentel, Chad Eliason and Debbie Cannon, as well as chief administrative officer Carl Bannister.

“We’ll be looking for funding. We’re going to give her (Clark) an update on where we’re at. We have the property now,” she said of the 20-acre land donation the city received. “We need to be moving forward on that. I know Okanagan College has a few plans that they’ve been working on so we can share all of those with her. Just keeping her up to date and we’re going to need some money too. There are just a number of things with this particular issue we can discuss with her. It’s nice that Tom Styffe will be there to back us up as well.”

Cooper said the Salmon Arm delegation will also speak to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Todd Stone, regarding current plans for the Salmon River Bridge.

They’ll also meet with Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo on a number of issues.

“He’s quite a good listener,” she says.

Cooper said she’s interested in a number of workshops and resolutions, particularly ones dealing with the postal service.

“I’ve been quite worried about what’s happening here,” she said. “This will give us a chance to discuss it with other communities.”

She said she was told a couple of years ago that the post office would not be changing.

“It’s been told there really wasn’t going to be anything happening there, but there absolutely is. You see it in other communities now too. They’re downsizing, they’ll be doing that here. Some of that you understand, because people are emailing more than they’re sending personal letters, but the postal service still does a great service for us, as far as registered mail and even just business mail… It’s very important to our community so I’ll look at that.”

She’ll also be attending climate change workshops.

“It’s something that’s quite important – being ready if there’s a big environmental issue, whether it’s storms or snowfalls…, the impact of those kinds of major storms.”

Rail corridors is another topic council will be interested in, Cooper said.


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