FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5 New Directors elected at the Downtown Kamloops AGM

MEDIA RELEASE
APRIL 18, 2019

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association held their Annual General Meeting yesterday, April 17th, 2019.  During that meeting an election was held to identify new Directors for the Board.  Downtown Kamloops members voted, and have elected the following individuals to their Board of Directors;

Robbie Tallon, Accountant with Jerry Spice Inc.

Nicki James, Owner of Mainstreet Clothing.

Jesse Faubert, Owner of Common Sound

Maren Luciani, Owner of Meraki Community Planning

Luke Chidgzey, Business Account Manager, Royal Bank of Canada

 

They will join the following existing Board members;

Dino Bernardo, President

Maeghan Summers, Vice President

Grayden Flanagan, Secretary

Ryan Gentile, Director at Large

Andy Philpot, Director

David Fuoco, Director

Michael Blackwell, Director

Ted Ockenden, Director

Shane Brooks, Director

Following the election, KCBIA Executive Director made the following comments; “There were many incredibly skilled people nominated to join our Board of Directors and I wish to thank everyone for participating in the process.  The newly elected Directors bring new skills,  experiences and energy to the Board, and I look forward to working with everyone as we collaborate to enhance our already remarkable Downtown community.”

MEDIA CONTACT:

KCBIA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CARL DESANTIS
OFFICE: 250-372-3242
CARL@DOWNTOWNKAMLOOPS.COM

PRESIDENT, KCBIA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DINO BERNARDO
CELL: 250-371-1748

 

2019 CAP TEAM SPONSOR PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2019 CAP TEAM SPONSOR
PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 10TH 2019

The CAP Team Program was created as a component of the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association (KCBIA) in 2004. The CAP Team provides services to our downtown community, which includes businesses, tourists, and Kamloops citizens. They are committed to promoting tourism and community safety throughout downtown.

Sustainable funding partnerships are necessary to maintain CAP Team services.

Partnering with dedicated sponsors who appreciate and value and the services of our CAP Team means a lot to our community and to the team. The Customer Care & Patrol Team relies on funding partnerships to deploy the team year round. We are always looking to create new partnerships with members of our community.

Sponsorship of the CAP Team helps us to:

• Deliver programs and services that enhance Downtown Kamloops.
• Employ team members.
• Provide vital team training.
• Supply the necessary tools and equipment needed to do our job safely.
• Expand the program.

The KCBIA has had a lot of great sponsors throughout the years. We would like to extend our greatest thanks to 2019 CAP Team sponsors including: City of Kamloops, Tourism Kamloops, FortisBC, Downtown Parking Corporation, and Rocky Mountaineer.

MEDIA CONTACT:
KCBIA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CARL DESANTIS
OFFICE: 250-372-3242

Kamloops Adventure Tourism

Downtown Kamloops boasts almost everything you need- great food, shopping, services, entertainment, fitness facilities, even outdoor recreation in the parks- but some things can’t fit into such a small area. It’s a good thing the Kamloops area holds the remaining factors for those with a craving for adventurous activities!

While its office is downtown, Kamloops Heritage Railway takes people back in time on an 8km ride aboard “the Spirit of Kamloops,” locomotive Steam Engine 2141! Operating in July and August, tickets for this thrilling time travelling train ride are on sale as of April 1st.

Hikers will love Kenna Cartwright and Peterson Creek parks! Kenna Cartwright park features over 40 kilometers of trails ranging from Green to Black Diamond (easy to hard) in difficulty, and some trails provide incredible views of the Thompson Valley and Kamloops. Many trails also have benches and tables along to way to take a breather- or a lunch break! Peterson Creek park is characterized by large elevation changes and contains over 10 kilometers of trails. It also serves as a shortcut from Sahali into Downtown Kamloops (with a great view of the core of the city!) if you use the beautiful, newly paved trail!

There are also many locations around Kamloops for those interested in biking! For cross-country riders, Kenna Cartwright once again has over 40 kilometers of bikeable trails! Alternatively, Lac du Bois Protected Grasslands (20km total) or Pineview Valley (50km) provide trails with various difficulties and views alike.

If downhill biking is more what you’re after, Sun Peaks offers more than 2000 vertical feet across 40 trails ranging from fully downhill to flowing and machine-made. Harper Mountain also features 13 trails and is the location where the Canadian Enduro Series is hosted every June!

The aquatically-inclined are at no shortage of locations either! Kamloops Lake is the biggest body of water in the Kamloops area, and is a popular spot to go boating for the day amongst locals. The South Thompson River is also a busy boating location! For information on boat launches, visit this link.

Of course, that’s just a taste of what Kamloops has to offer for adventure recreation and tourism! Feel free to tell us about your favourite place to go on adventures around Kamloops!

This article was written by Jake Andrykew, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

 

 

A Walk through the Back Alley Art Gallery

A Walk through the Back Alley Art Gallery

The Back Alley Art Gallery is an outdoor art gallery, that like all great galleries, features a mixture of different artistic styles. This public mural program was undertaken because we wanted to make our alleys part of the walkable, livable space downtown. There are a total of 29 murals in Downtown Kamloops. Rather than a single theme for our murals, we wanted to create a truly eclectic collection and have a diverse range of mural styles celebrating different cultures, themes, artistic expressions, and mediums.

I have had the pleasure of coordinating the installation of the new murals in the Back Alley Art Gallery for the past two years. During this time, I have grown to have a large appreciation for the amount of talent and for local artists and their dedication to this program and community. Downtown Kamloops asked Kamloopsians what they thought of the Back Alley Art Gallery and the responses were overwhelmingly positive. We are happy that you love and appreciate the value of this great program in the community!

The attention this project has received through the media, local businesses and the tourism industry has been overwhelming. It has been instrumental in demonstrating to other organizations that they can produce their own murals. We are thrilled to be able to contribute to the Kamloops arts & culture landscape and will continue to do so whenever we can gain funding. We are thrilled that our efforts have resulted in other organizations producing public murals as well. We hope the trend continues.

We invite you to take a stroll through the Back Alley Art Gallery and gain your own appreciation. You can find a self guided map here or pick one up at the KCBIA’s main office #4-231 Victoria Street. The CAP Team is available to provide walking tours (by donation) during their regular working hours – Monday to Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM and Saturday 9:00AM-5:00PM. Email alexis@downtownkamloops.com for more information! Don’t forget to use #downtownkamloops on your social media posts for a chance to have your pictures shared on our pages!

This article was written by Alexis Proulx, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Supervisor & Back Alley Art Gallery. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Spring/Summer Activity Guide Photo Contest – Win $75 in #DowntownKamloops Gift Certificates!

Downtown Kamloops – COVER PHOTO CONTEST

EDITORIAL STYLE CRITERIA

We’re looking for a photo that captures the Downtown Kamloops experience in Spring/Summer (no snowy landscapes please).

We want it to include people, either walking, drinking coffee, laughing, performing, or engaging in some other fun downtown experience!

What does a fun day in Downtown Kamloops mean to you? Show us!

DEADLINE: MONDAY, MARCH 25 – 12:00 PM (NOON)

PHOTO FILE CRITERIA: MINIMUM 300DPI, VERTICAL WITH ROOM FOR CROPPING.  THE FINAL SIZE IS 5.75 X 8.65 INCHES

SUBMISSION: EMAIL PHOTO SUBMISSIONS TO KARLA@DOWNTOWNKAMLOOPS.COM

Photos Including People Must Be Accompanied by a Photo Copyright Release Form and Model Release Form

Click for Photo Release Form & Model Release Form

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unlimited photo entries per person. Photos will be reviewed by the KCBIA staff (Executive Director: Carl DeSantis, Events & Marketing Specialist: Karla Karcioglu, Admin: Paola Ludwig, and CAP Team Lead: Alexis Proulx). The criteria for judging the photos will be: Composition (how well it fits the dimensions and cover content of the guide), colours (how well the colours blend with the brand tone and colours for Downtown Kamloops which will be prominently featured on the cover and throughout the guide), the emotion the photo conveys, and how clear the geographical context is in the photo.

Submitted photos that are not selected for use as the Spring/Summer Activity Guide will not be kept, and will not be used for any purpose by Downtown Kamloops or other partner organizations.

Photographs entered must not have been previously published for similar productions. Entrants must own all rights to the photographs submitted. As such, entrants hold Downtown Kamloops harmless from any breach of copyright. Photographs that have won any other contests or have been published in a magazine or newspaper (except online) are not eligible. Photographs that violate or infringe upon another person’s copyright are not eligible. For a photo in which a person is recognizable, a model release is required. Model releases are the responsibility of the entrant and must be submitted with the photo.

Credit to the photographer will be given wherever possible, including within the Spring/Summer Activity Guide, and anytime the photo is used on KBCIA social media and the KCBIA website.

The Spring/Summer Downtown Kamloops Activity Guide is developed and produced in partnership with Kamloops This Week. Kamloops This Week is responsible for all advertisements included in the Activity Guide.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE

With regard to any photograph submitted to this contest, the entrant, or the owner of copyright in the photograph, retains copyright. By uploading or submitting any photograph to this contest, the entrant grants (or warrants that the owner of such materials expressly grants) Kamloops This Week a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any Kamloops This Week purpose, including, but not limited to advertising and promotional materials, its website, exhibition, and commercial products, including but not limited to Kamloops This Week publications. Kamloops This Week will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

The Cabin at The Old Museum

Last week I had the opportunity to stop by the Kamloops Museum and Archives. I love that there is so much to see, learn and do at the museum! In my opinion, the most intriguing part is the cabin INSIDE of the museum. Yes, you read that right, there is a historic building inside of the museum!

Jean Baptiste Lolo (also known as St. Paul) was an employee and interpreter for the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) dating back to 1822. It was Jean Baptiste Lolo who, along with his family, lived in the Kamloops based cabin for a number of years.

The HBC built the cabin for Jean Baptiste Lolo. Along with some farm land, Jean ran a little trading post for the gold rush. The HBC had to move the cabin from its original location because of constant flooding. In 1843 they moved it to what is now known as the North Shore.

After Jean Baptiste’s passing in 1868, records on the cabin are unclear, however there was some information about a Kamloops resident named Ah Mee owning the cabin around the same time he owned the Elks Hotel in the 1910’s.  The cabin was then acquired by one of the Kamloops museum founders.

The cabin was moved and put back together in 1937 and was placed in Riverside Park. At this location, it became the first Kamloops Museum. The cabin had so many collectables and exhibits that it needed bigger space and in 1957 the museum moved to where they are now (207 Seymour Street). The Kamloops Museum and Archives kept the cabin but didn’t display it until 2010, when they opened their children’s museum area.

Spending a day at the Kamloops Museum and Archives can be so much fun – there’s so much to do!  Kids can see a puppet show, play dress up, enjoy a game of giant jenga, and even learn some sign language. If you want a memory that can stay with you, visit the front desk for some gifts. They have pencils, post cards, books, mugs and so much more. The Kamloos Museum and Archives is a fun place for the whole family to visit and entry is by donation. Make sure to check it out!

This article was written by David Stewart, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

 

Photo courtesy of the Kamloops Museum and Archives 

Kamloops Afloat

Many Kamloopsians are familiar with the city’s vast and diverse history, including the era when steamboats pioneered the region. Recently, a new sign was placed in downtown Riverside Park to honour the rich history of the Kamloops Sternwheelers.

While the sign has been up for a few months now, its official unveiling was on February 16th. It’s unique and bold feel is part of a new template for future interpretative signs in Kamloops.

The sign was built at the request of Mr. David Davies and presented to the City of Kamloops Heritage Commission to feature the significant history of Kamloops of sternwheelers, complemented by historical photographs from the Kamloops Museum and Archives’ collection.

For those curious, a sternwheeler is a steamer propelled by a paddle wheel positioned at the stern of the boat.

With the many interconnected rivers in the Thompson Okanagan, steamboats were the main form of transportation in the region prior to the advent of the rail system.

While they got their start shipping passengers and freight, sternwheelers went on to assist the growing railway. For many years the boats mainly towed logs and other industrial equipment, but in 1912 the region saw the launch of a new boat; The Distributor.

Since the new boat was built and launched right here in Kamloops at Riverside Park, having the sign placed here was the perfect choice.

While I might be a little young to have rode on the old steam boats of the 19th Century, I remember riding on the old Wanda Sue paddle wheeler boat around the Thompson River during its prime, and it was fascinating learning about the history and seeing the behemoths in action.

Our CAP Team has seen the new signage many times at the park during our travels and we encourage everyone to do the same. It is important to remember how far we have come as society, to look back at all the ways that technology, transportation, and industry have evolved, and to not forget where we have come from and remember our roots.

This article was written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

What’s Happening Downtown This Week!

It’s a busy week in #downtownkamloops! Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with someone special this year, or just looking for something to do, Downtown Kamloops has you covered! Here’s an overview of what’s happening this week!

FEBRUARY 12TH:

  • Monster Truck’s #DownAndDirtyClubTour with The Picturebooks are coming to Kamloops with their hits Don’t Tell Me How to Live, For the People Why Aren’t You Rockin and many more. These funky rockers will bring arena rock to Cactus Jacks Nightclub.
  • Join the Kamloops Art Gallery in the studio to drink coffee & tea, meet new friends and develop your art-making skills at Ladies’ Afternoon Drawing Club. All materials are provided. All skill levels are welcome. No registration is required.

FEBRUARY 13TH:

  • The Kamloops Blazers play a home game against the Victoria Royals! Come cheer on our local hockey team at the Sandman Centre at 7:00PM!
  • ARTBOUND at the Kamloops Art Gallery – Drop into the studio at 3:30PM for weekly thematic workshops. All materials are provided. Ages 14 to 21.
  • Join the Kamloops Art Gallery at Red Collare Brewing Co. for Drink and Draw! Contribute to large-scale collaborative drawings, play games and enjoy some of Kamloops best local beer! See you there at 6:00PM!
  • Open Mic Night at the Art We Are Café, an event that speaks for itself! This event is by donation at the door and starts at 7:00PM.

FEBRUARY 14TH:

  • Join Kamloops Pride on the second Thursday of every month for an evening of socializing at Beers for Queers! Have a pint of beer or a quick bite to eat. This week’s location is at the Central Station Pub at 6PM.
  • Book your romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at The Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge! Two separate seating’s at 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Reservations Only. There are 7 fondue tables for each seating and 7 regular tables, so book fast! (Did we mention that The Commodore Grand Café & Lounge is releasing a new menu on Tuesday?!)
  • Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation event promoting love and fairness for Indigenous children. Drop into the museum to create a Valentine’s Day card to send to our Member of Parliament as part of #HaveAHeartDay.
  • Wander around our downtown before catching a movie at the Paramount Theatre this Thursday! This week’s Valentine’s Day Movie Night is The Border at TFS. The showing starts at 7:00PM and you can get your early bird tickets online!
  • Storytime + Baby & Me Art Exploration at the Kamloops Art Gallery at 10:30AM. Join the KAG for songs, stories and puppets followed by baby-friendly art making at 11:00!
  • Midtown Jam at the Central Station Pub – A weekly creative playground put together to spread culture, blend musicians, bands, improvisers and audience. Bring out and instrument, tune it up and plug in!

WEEKEND FUN!

  • The Kamloops Storm Jr. Hockey team play at Memorial Arena February 15th, 16th and 17th! Come cheer on your favorite junior hockey team as they face off the Osyoos Coyotes (15th), the Sicamous Eagles (16th) and the Kelowna Chiefs (17th). Three back to back games will keep you busy all weekend!
  • It’s the last week to stop by the Old Courthouse to BEYOND THE FOREST FLOOR & ALMOST BLACK AND WHITE by Kelly Tilly Perry! Printmaking and Acrylics in the Kamloops Arts Council Hall and Main Galleries until February 16th. Gallery Hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.

To see more #downtownkamloops events, make sure to check out our event page at www.downtownkamloops.com. We hope to see you in #downtownkamloops this week!

 

This article was written by Alexis Proulx, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Supervisor & Back Alley Art Gallery Coordinator. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

 

 

 

Valentines Day In Downtown Kamloops

Downtown Kamloops is full of romantic events, and last minute gift ideas for your sweet Valentine! 💖Check out all the lovey, dovey ideas below.

Fondue Dinner At The Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge

Book your romantic Valentines Day dinner at The Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge! Two separate seating’s at 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Reservations Only.

There are 7 fondue tables for each seating and 7 regular tables, so book fast! 

Call 250-851-3100 or email commodore@shawbiz.ca!

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Gift Ideas: The Sweetest Valentines Day Cookies From Cocoa Dot Cakes! 

💗💗 Special Order Alert 💗 💗

We just love the day of love so much that we had to make some sweet treats for the occasion! Place your order by February 12th at 5:00pm.

Find them on Facebook to place an order (click their logo):

 

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Valentines Themed 5 Course Dinner

Choice of three, four, or five course Chef’s menu with optional wine pairings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Have a Heart Day

Thursday, February 14, 2019 | 10:00 – 4:00

Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation event promoting love andfairness for Indigenous children. Drop into the museum to create a Valentine’s Day card to send to our Member of Parliament as part of #HaveAHeartDay.

 

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Catch a Movie

Wander around our downtown before catching a movie at the Paramount Theatre this Thursday! This week’s Valentine’s Day Movie Night is The Border at TFS. The showing starts at 7:00PM and you can get your early bird tickets online!

Where Are They Now Series

The Customer Care & Patrol (CAP) Team was designed to help youth develop skills that could help participants in the work force and provide relevant experience related to their career goals. Over 85 students and youth have gone through the program since it started in 2004, each securing positions in desired career fields or continuing to develop their educational goals.

We think it’s important to celebrate the successes of our alumni and showcase how diverse the program is, so we are conducting a series of interviews for a new project called Where are They Now?
For this series we have started contacting previous CAP Team employees and seeing what they are up to and how their experience with Downtown Kamloops helped them achieve their success.

This project is just in the beginning stages, but we have gathered a few responses so far and are happy to hear that our CAP Team alumni are doing well:

“When I was with the CAP Team, I began to shape my career path while pursuing my Bachelor of Arts. I knew I enjoyed writing and was interested in promotions and business development. Through the CAP Team’s training in social media advertising, public speaking and event planning, this job was a major outlet to inspire what I am now pursuing- a career in Public Relations.”
– Julia Dumbrell – CAP Team Member in 2016. Graduating with a Major in English Literature and Minor in Commerce from UBC in 2019

“Since the CAP Team, I have pursued a career in destination marketing and tourism. Today, I am in charge of visitor services at Tourism Kamloops. My role is a mix of assisting visitors (online and in-person), researching innovative and sustainable solutions for visitor servicing, and connecting with stakeholders and partners.”
– Angela Halas – CAP Team Member from 2016-2018 – Current title: Visitor & Stakeholder Liaison with Tourism Kamloops

As we develop this series and reach out to even more CAP Team alumni, you can find their stories at www.downtownkamloops.com and in our monthly newsletters. If you are a CAP Team alumni and would like to share your story, please contact alexis@downtownkamloops.com for ways to get involved! If you know a CAP Team alumni, please feel free to share this opportunity with them!

This article was written by Alexis Proulx, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Supervisor & Back Alley Art Gallery Coordinator. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Walkable Downtown

As many of you know, the CAP Team bikes and walks throughout on shift. Last year alone, the team walked 3,357.7 km’s. Walking outside all the time, both at work and off work, really has its advantages. While many of the hills in downtown can be challenging to climb, especially after walking 15 plus kilometers on shift, there is a reason why they are in fact highly beneficial. First Avenue anyone?

Battling to get up that steep, (sometimes icy) hill isn’t always an easy task but what awaits you? Other than having sore legs and a desperate urge to nap, is that sense of accomplishment. You challenged yourself today and overcame that obstacle. It is a feeling of pride and an endorphin rush that very few can beat. If enormous hills aren’t your thing and you wish to start out small, Downtown Kamloops has a variety of paths and sidewalks that offer an excellent low impact way to get moving.

Not only is walking beneficial for your health when it comes to getting that blood pumping and breathing in some fresh air, but it has other advantages as well. It saves on parking, it’s free (no fuel or insurance costs), reducing pollution & carbon foot print, and even allows you to socialize more. Downtown Kamloops is very walkable, and even offers a lot of places to take a little break! If you think you’re too tired to continue, try stopping for coffee at Café Motivo, or grab a bite to eat (or quench that thirst) at The Noble Pig Brewhouse. Maybe you need some new walking shoes, or have walked so much that you now you deserve that new, hip shirt sitting in the window at Main Street Clothing Co.
Arguably, the best part about walking is the personal journey that one goes through. By crushing that one workout that once seemed defeating is an incredible feeling. Of course, if you wanted something a little bit more challenging to get the blood pumping, there are the basics of going for jogs and all that, even when I take the seven flights of stairs to my apartment is all it takes to get the blood pumping.

Everyone’s goals and DNA are all a little different, so what may work for myself may be despised by another. It is what makes us who we are. With spring right around the corner, no matter who you are, we encourage everyone to find their way to Downtown Kamloops.

This article was written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Press Release – Downtown Kamloops Welcomes Marketing, Events & Brand Management Specialist

KAMLOOPS – Downtown Kamloops Welcomes Marketing, Events & Brand Management Specialist

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association (KCBIA) is excited to announce the addition of their new team member, Karla May Karcioglu, as Downtown Kamloops’ new Marketing, Events, and Brand Management Specialist.

Downtown Kamloops Executive Director Carl DeSantis stated, “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Karla to our Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association team.  Karla brings significant marketing expertise that will enhance our already vibrant Downtown Kamloops community. We look forward to Karla taking our events and marketing initiatives to a new level.”

Karla is very enthusiastic to join the team and help continue growing the momentum of success that the KCBIA has achieved.

Karla is ready to jump into the new role, saying, “I have a sincere appreciation for our thriving downtown business community, and am excited to be a part of the discussions, events, and ideas that will help continue to shape business in downtown.”

The downtown corridor of any community is a uniquely valuable asset to a city, and deserves energy and effort to maintain it’s success. Marketing and events are a big piece of that success. It’s a really fantastic opportunity to be able to showcase what makes Kamloops’ downtown unique,” Karla said.

Media Contact:

KCBIA Marketing, Events, and Brand Management Specialist
Karla May Karcioglu
Office: 250-372-3242
Email: karla@downtownkamloops.com

KCBIA Executive Director
Carl DeSantis
Office: 250-372-3242
Cell: 250-319-5803
Email: carl@downtownkamloops.com

A New Vision for a Performing Arts Centre in Kamloops

For Immediate Release

A New Vision for a Performing Arts Centre in Kamloops

 January 8, 2019 – Kamloops, BC: A delegation led by Mr. Ron Fawcett of Kamloops presented a new vision for
a Performing Arts Centre in downtown Kamloops to a full house at City Council today. Located on the former
Kamloops Daily News site, at 393 Seymour St., the city’s investment for this new Performing Arts Centre is
costed at around $70 million dollars which includes Ron & Rae Fawcett’s $8-$10 million personal donation of
the Telus Annex building.

The plan, supported by the local arts community, featured a new design, architectural drawings, and an
outlined budget. Mr. Fawcett asked City Council to consider including the planning and development of a new
performing arts centre in the upcoming 2019 Strategic Plan.

The outcome of the 2015 performing arts centre proposal referendum was the beginning of a new and
stronger proposal for Ron Fawcett. “A number of months ago, I contacted Western Canada Theatre, the
Kamloops Symphony and the Kamloops Art Gallery to discuss how we could plan a Performing Arts Centre for
Kamloops. We talked about their needs and wants and we developed some ideas for a performing arts centre
that would better serve the community’s needs.”

Ron Fawcett listened to advocates from across the city and hired a design team including CHP Architects, DWD
Theatre Design, and sound, lighting and structural engineers, to redesign a performing arts centre that meets
the needs of our arts community. With the city’s population nearing 100,000, stakeholders believe that
Kamloops is ready for, and deserves, a performing arts centre that will help attract new residents and visitors,
spur innovation and grow our local economy.

“We are proud and honoured to support this visionary project,” says James MacDonald, Artistic Director of
Western Canada Theatre.” We are immensely grateful to Ron Fawcett for his leadership, as well as for Ron and
Rae’s generous commitment to helping our city’s arts community thrive. Our theatre company is growing, and
we are excited about the potential for a world-class performing arts facility and community hub in our
beautiful downtown.”

The extensive amount of work in developing a new plan hasn’t cost tax payers anything, as Fawcett has
covered this as his gift to the community, a gift that includes the donation of the former TELUS Annex building
which he and his wife, Rae, purchased earlier this year. Located adjacent to the proposed arts centre site on
St. Paul Street, the TELUS Annex building will add 20,000 square feet to the Centre, allowing for this space to
be the operations centre for Western Canada Theatre and the Kamloops Symphony.

“As a member of Kamloops’ flourishing arts community, we applaud Ron and Rae Fawcett for their dedication
as the champions of the proposed Performing Arts Centre,” says Kathy Humphreys, Executive Director of the
Kamloops Symphony. “Thanks to his personal investment, we now have an opportunity to work together to
make this long-awaited facility a reality that will benefit everyone in the region for many years to come. We
look forward to being part of this exciting process.”

Including the Annex, the proposed Centre will be over 103,000 square feet and would include:

• 1200 seat theatre with fly tower, full catwalk, orchestral shell, orchestral pit and state-of-the-art
lighting with an option to use the lower portion of the theatre to seat 800• 450 seat theatre with fly tower, catwalk, and state-of-the-art lightning
• 75 to 100 seat black box theatre (which would serve as the new Pavillion theatre)
• Ticket office
• Café and outdoor café area
• 70 underground parking spaces
• Full operational areas for Western Canada Theatre including costume areas, set construction, etc
• Full operational areas for the Kamloops Symphony and their Music School.
• New Storage space for the Kamloops Art Gallery
• Rehearsal halls
• Meeting areas

“This project would be a major part of the planned downtown revitalization,” said Fawcett, “a catalyst for new
development in the downtown core and a centre of excellence our community can be proud of. Most
important, we believe every person in Kamloops can benefit from this Centre. It’s a place where community,
commerce, and culture will come together, and we believe our proposal offers the right price, in the right
location, and it’s the right time for a performing arts centre in Kamloops.”

Site plan documents + renderings available on request

For Further Information:
Aleece Laird
Amplify Consulting Inc.
aleece@amplifyinc.ca
250.574.0221

There’s Always Something Happening Downtown!

Happy New Year from the KCBIA and the CAP Team! Now that we are back into the swing of things, its time for some events that you can enjoy this week Downtown! We have a wide variety of activities going on downtown, not just winter themed, to get you out of the house. So, dig out those dancing shoes and grab that big foam “1” hand and head out to some events near you:

The first event is sure to cure your Monday blues. The Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge proudly presents the original and biggest open mic night every Monday. You might hear, or become, Canada’s next biggest star so head on down at 9:30 p.m. to sign up!
Another recurring event is on the second Thursday of every month. Kamloops Pride hosts Beers for Queers! On January 10th, join Kamloops Pride at the Noble Pig Brewhouse for some food, brews and good company!
On the same night, January 10th, come down to the Blue Grotto for the Small Town Artillery, Year of the Wolf & Mother Son. This amazing set list will ensure you have an unforgettable night! The Doors open at 7:30PM and the music begins at 8! This event is sponsored by Red Collar Brewing CO.
The last event will feature some of the best local stick slapping when the Kamloops Storm faces off with the Chase Heat at Memorial Arena on January 13th. The puck drops at 5PM and we hope to see you there!

Well, friends if you need a nap after all that we don’t blame you, and it’s only the second week of January! If more events are what you crave than remember to head to downtownkamloops.com for all the latest buzz downtown! We can’t wait to see what this year brings!

This article was written by Jonathan George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

A Year in Review and a Merry Christmas to you!

We’re at the peak of the holiday season here in Downtown Kamloops! From people taking part in the season’s festivities and events, to last minute gift shopping, to folks enjoying a stroll along the Rivers Trail with family and friends, Downtown Kamloops is full of excitement this time of year! Of course, the more temperate weather we’re experiencing doesn’t hurt.

As we reflect on the holiday season, we also reflect on the last 12 months in the heart of our city. The CAP Team had a successful year acting as ambassadors for both safety-social and Kamloops tourism.

The CAP Team has cleaned up 1457 needles off the streets. And another 1874 safety hazards were collected and disposed of properly! The team contacted law enforcement 128 times throughout the year regarding incidents that needed their intervention.

The CAP Team has participated in the organization and execution of numerous successful events in Downtown Kamloops. Most recently, the 38th Annual Santa Claus Parade and latest installment in the Block Party Series- the Fulton & Company LLP Welcome Winter Block Party. In addition to events, the CAP Team assisted many tourists/citizens and contacted members of Downtown Kamloops 2216 times. Whether questions are related to attractions downtown, local events, or something safety related, the CAP Team is proud to be able to help!

Overall, 2018 was another great year for the CAP Team, and we would like to extend a thank you to the visitors, locals, employees, and business owners alike that we had the pleasure of interacting with over the year from the bottom of our hearts. The CAP Team will be on holiday from December 23rd to January 3rd but will be back in the New Year refreshed and ready get right back on track to make 2019 an even greater success! Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to yours!

This article was written by Jake Andrykew, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

50 Dates in DTK

“It’s easy, all you need is love.” Yes, the Beatles certainly said it best and what better way to find (or re-ignite) love than by checking out all of what Downtown Kamloops has to offer for the dating scene. Whether it’s a first date or a hundredth, here are 50 ideas for fun!

  1. Take a stroll through Riverside Park.
  2. Look for a book at the Kamloops Library.
  3. Visit a few breweries to try some craft beer and local wines.
  4. Take a pottery class or splatter some paint at 4 Cats Art Studio.
  5. Have a Spa day at Aina Studios.
  6. Browse the many local shops.
  7. Experience a Rune Reading at the Golden Buddha.
  8. Stretch it out at a Yoga class.
  9. Tone your tummy and tush at Barre Kamloops.
  10. Get the blood pumping at a KSpin cycling class.
  11. Enjoy a picnic at St. Andrews on the Square.
  12. Master the ice at the Sandman Centre or Memorial Arena’s public skating rink.
  13. Cheer on the Blazers or the Kamloops Storm!
  14. Rock out at a concert at the Sandman Centre.
  15. Watch the Holiday Train roll through town.
  16. Face your fear of public singing at one of the many open mic night events.
  17. The Kamloops Museum and Archives can teach you and your date a thing or two.
  18. The Art Gallery could give you some Instagram worthy photos and its free on Thursdays.
  19. Taste a dessert, or many, at Swiss Pastries.
  20. Solve the mystery and escape the room at Countdown.
  21. Shoot some pool at Kamloops Billiard Club.
  22. Jump in the pool at the YMCA.
  23. Sweat a pool in the YMCA gym.
  24. Enjoy a self guided tour of the Back-Alley Art Gallery.
  25. Learn a new skill at a sewing class at Andersons Sewing.
  26. Attend a workshop at Far & Wide.
  27. Sing the songs of yesteryear at the Centrals Karaoke night.
  28. Test your knowledge at a group Trivia Night.
  29. Express yourself at a Drink and Draw.
  30. Wake up to some of the amazing breakfast places.
  31. Munch on some lunch at the many restaurants.
  32. Wine and Dine with dinner at a bar and grill.
  33. Play or rent a boardgame from All Board Games.
  34. Unleash your inner engineer and play a game of Downtown Kamloops on street Giant Jenga.
  35. Browse some records at Barnacle Records.
  36. Find your favourite superhero and High-Octane comics.
  37. Sip Lattes at a coffee shop.
  38. Treat all your fingers and toes to a pedi and manicure.
  39. Watch some birds.
  40. Take a Pilates class.
  41. Volunteer your time at a charity event.
  42. If the kids are coming too, try a parent and tots’ class at Lizzie Bits.
  43. Head to the indoor farmers market at St. Andrews.
  44. If religious, head to a church.
  45. Walk your pups, or kids, at Pioneer Park.
  46. Pop some tags at a thrift store.
  47. Witness the mastery of the Western Canada Theatre.
  48. Go flower shopping.
  49. Catch a flick at the Paramount Theatre.
  50. The most important point for some, play Pokémon GO!

 

Well folks, we hope this comprehensive list finds you in your time of need. Don’t forgot to enjoy the special moments and enjoy your time in Downtown Kamloops.

 

This article was written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

 

Welcome Winter Block Party & Winter Campaigns

With our “Fulton & Company LLP Welcome Winter Block Party” wrapped up and our Stuff Your Stockings contest still going strong, now is the perfect time for a few winter reminders and thank-you’s before the New Years extravaganza.

First off, we at Downtown Kamloops would like to thank everyone who showed us support at the “Fulton & Company LLP Welcome Winter Block Party” this past Saturday. This includes all the hard work put in by: Brewloops, Kamloops Kia Motors, the volunteers, and our title sponsor, Fulton & Company LLP (who signed up as the title sponsors for three years!). Everyone from these organizations have been a major help and we look forward to collaborating with our friends in the future!

With the holiday season and end of the year around the corner, we want to extend our thanks to everyone who has been a part of our events, programs and over all downtown experience. We would like to thank our CAP Team Sponsors, and Downtown Kamloops sponsors for their dedication to downtown.

The holiday isn’t quite over yet in Downtown Kamloops! The Stuff your Stockings Campaign is going strong until December 21st, when we will draw a winner for $1000 in Downtown Kamloops gift certificates! You can enter a ballot at participating businesses and find a full list here.

Lastly don’t forget, that the City of Kamloops is offering you the gift of free parking this holiday season. Come downtown on Saturdays (and Sundays) and enjoy free ON STREET parking! When you find yourself downtown after the holiday season and are looking for somewhere free to park on the weekends, remember that the Lansdowne and Seymour Street Parkades are free on weekends!

This article was written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Remembering in Downtown Kamloops

“It was a short peace in a terrible war.” These were the remarks of Alfred Anderson, a Scottish veteran, recounting the events of the Christmas Truce of 1914. This unofficial truce saw roughly 100,000 German and British troops in the Belgium Front temporarily cease fire in the spirit of the holiday. In some instances, carols were sung between the opposing forces, as well as exchanges of alcohol, food, tobacco, and other cultural trinkets. It was a beautiful moment in history that showcased the true humanity behind the speeches and the bloodshed and should never be forgotten.

In just over a week it will be time to put minute priorities on pause for a moment of silence on Remembrance Day. There are many ways to pay tribute to our brave troops like wearing a Poppy or attending one of the many ceremonies available to pay your respects.
On November 10th at Memorial Hill Park (174-300 Battle Street) there will be a special event in honor of the 100th anniversary to the end of the 1st World War (1914-1918). The event runs from 11:00am to 12 noon and features key speakers on the history of the Kamloops Cenotaph and Cairn, including its 2016 restoration, as well as the true personal story of the pivotal Battle on Hill 70.

November 11th is the Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony and Parade will be starting at in Riverside Park at 10:30am. Current and active duty members from many different organizations will be marching, so your support is always very much appreciated.
To pay your respects sooner, make sure to donate and grab a poppy from one of the many businesses that have donation boxes by the till. This great campaign is run by the Royal Canadian Legion and donations go to veterans and youth programs each year. Wearing your poppy is an excellent way to show veterans that they have not been forgotten.

No matter how you can show you care, this November be sure to remember the sacrifices our veterans made and support the cause whenever and however you can.

Written by, Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. The CAP Team is our Downtown Kamloops ambassador program. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009.

2018 CIVIC ELECTION – RESPONSES FROM KCBIA OPEN LETTER TO CANDIDATES

Ken Lorne CHRISTIAN, Mayor of Kamloops

Question #1: If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • If elected I will work to keep business tax rates at the percentage, they currently share of the overall tax dispersal and will work to keep annual increases at or below the annual rate of inflation.  A predictable tax scheme is stable and good for investment

Question #2: If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • To enhance downtown business, I would support a parking study and an increase to support enhanced CAP team coverage. Customers need to be able to park and need to feel safe in the downtown core.

Question #3; If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops?

  • In terms of business attraction, I will continue to support densification and downtown residential development.  More people with enhanced walkable space downtown equals an improvement in customer base and enhance retail opportunities.  Better opportunity translates to more jobs, better options for consumers and a more robust economy – Ken Christian, Mayor of Kamloops

 

William James TURNBULL, Mayor of Kamloops Candidate

Answers not provided.

 

 Jennifer Dawn ADAMS, City Council Candidate

Hope you are well and thank you for sharing this with the members. I love living downtown and as a resident of the downtown I see how our community is struggling. I am hoping my tough love approach gets support because something has got to give regarding the vagrancy, public drug use and debauchery that is becoming an everyday thing in our beautiful downtown core and I will continue to lend my voice to the efforts and lobby hard to make things better for small business, the backbone of our economy. Thanks again, Jennifer Adams

Question #1; If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • If elected, Downtown will continue to be a priority for me because I live downtown, I shop downtown and walk downtown every day.  I think we need to do more than sustain current business because some are struggling. I believe we need to do more to stimulate investment into the core. There are too many empty store fronts and I believe that breeds problems and community safety concerns. We must find ways to reduce pan handlers and do more to help members of our community that should not be on the street, but sheltered, and under a Dr’s care for mental health and/or addiction. We need to do a better job to ensure accountability and/or control of the discarded needles and drug paraphernalia in our alleys and on our streets.  I will continue to reach out to the business community and will use my voice to lobby all levels of government to do more to make our street safer, to advocate for housing and mental health supports to those whose behaviours impact businesses every day in our community. I love the new Downtown plan and will support projects that promote walkability and events to bring people into the downtown core. I would love to see the big parking lot (The Daily News Building site) be used for events (like Brewloops, or art battles, or concerts) on the weekends and evenings when it sits empty.

Question #2; If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • If elected I would lobby to find ways to speed up approval times for zoning variance applications and find ways to fast track new business applications. An application to sell beer on a patio, for instance, should not take months to get approved.  We need to ensure that businesses are unfettered and able to adapt to customers wants and needs in cost effective and timely ways. If elected I would continue to support events like the back-alley party’s, brew loops, the busker’s festival, Art in The Park and Music In The Park. I love the alley mural art projects and would like to see some bigger and more centrally located projects on buildings like the TNRD-Library-Art Gallery (wall facing the plaza). Imagine a huge perspective art piece on the back and side of the old Value Village. If elected I will also add my voice to sensible zoning for cannabis that protects those who do not want to be impacted by cannabis but create areas, zoning and the ability for investors to operate cannabis cafes, like lounges or bars but for cannabis. Perhaps we could zone the alleys as designated smoking zones and get both cigarette and cannabis off the main sidewalks, public areas and patios, support small businesses that want to help fill this new legal niche.

Question #3; If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops?

  • If elected to Kamloops City Council I will continue to lobby hard to make our streets safer and find ways to improve the approval times for licensing and variance applications. Time is money for a small business and being able to be proactive as an organization to assist small business adapt quickly is important.  With the plans to increase the density in the core, business will benefit. Parking is no longer an issue downtown with the closing of Value Village and the parking lot at KDN, but, I would support reducing the cost to park downtown. Downtown is the only area of the city that we must pay for parking and I hear from small business that this hurts them. I would continue to lobby for supports to make our streets safer for residents and tourists. The Rocky Montaineer brings thousands into our city, I would like to see those tourists stay in Kamloops longer and believe that if it was coordinated with the KCBIA we could ensure that small business is on board, staffed and open for the tourists for shopping, dining or entertainment.

 

Nicholas James Jess ADAMS, City Council Candidate

Thank you for the opportunity to answer these questions.  As a person who enjoys a lot time Downtown I love the new vibrancy it has had in the last year.

Question #1; If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops? 

  • My top priority is ensuring that the city ensures quick and reasonable decision making, on issuing permits, and dealing with zoning and other requests.  Talking to downtown business owners I have consistently heard that dealing with the city can be frustrating.  Red tape and cost of compliance are often stated as a barrier to growth or new ventures.

Question #2; If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops? 

  • I believe a vibrant downtown core is the best way to enhance existing businesses in the downtown core.  I would support events and projects that work toward the vitalization of the core.  Continued upgrades and services to our core as well as events, will bring the people downtown to enjoy the great businesses it offers.

Question #3; If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops. 

  • Kamloops has a bit of a reputation of being a can’t do city.  I will work to ensure that we avoid barriers to new businesses and the expansion or relocation of existing ventures.  By making Kamloops an easy community to do business in, we can attract outside investment and continued growth in our downtown core.

 

Marsha Dale BASS, City Council Candidate

I’m wondering if the answer to two wouldn’t be better as the answer to three. For two, perhaps some bromide about listening and working together to make the downtown more accessible and attractive to shoppers and others.

Question 1: If elected, what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in downtown Kamloops?

  • There is not one priority but several that blend together to become the main priority of sustaining current business in the downtown area: continued residential and commercial densification, providing more parking, addressing the homeless and transient situation and ensure there are fewer barriers to development and permitting.

Question 2:  If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in downtown Kamloops?

  • A core review of the way city hall processes development plans, licences, all things to do with growing business must be done. We need to make the processes more efficient to avoid situations where a business that just wants to expand spends months — and thousands of dollars — trying to get the needed approvals in place. That core review would have to involve the business sector dealing with these issues.

Question 3: If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in downtown Kamloops?

  • Too many business people have talked about the challenge of navigating the development and permitting process at city hall. Does it need to take several months to approve a basic business expansion? With each go-round, that businessman is having to resubmit the fees and, after several go-rounds, that’s a significant financial burden for the smaller business owner. Should it cost tens of thousands of dollars to approve a new small business? How does that impact the financial bottom line of that small business owner? These need to be given a hard review to identify inefficiencies and find ways to make the process smoother, quicker and more amenable to those navigating it.

 

Christopher (Chris) BOSE, City Council Candidate

Answers not provided.

 

Donovan Michael Grube CAVERS, City Council Candidate

Question #1: If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I’ve been known to describe the Victoria Street area as our “cultural core” and I truly believe that to be one of our greatest strengthens. People visit downtown because it has what the big box stores don’t… downtown business owners provide care, attention to detail and a friendliness that can almost never be replicated by generic franchise stores. We need to keep this in mind and never lose sight of the uniqueness that makes us so attractive to potential purchasers who live in the core area and those who live in other areas but frequent the downtown.

Question 2:  If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in downtown Kamloops?

  • As a re-elected City Councillor I will work to ensure all areas of our city receive support. In the lead up to the last municipal election I canvassed the business owners both along the Tranquille market primary business corridor and the Victoria primary business corridor and received some very valuable direct one-on-one feedback that has help guide my decisions since then and will continue to if supported in my bid for re-election. With the current leadership at both organizations I believe huge opportunities exist for collaboration and mentorship between our communities two BIAs.

Question 3: If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in downtown Kamloops?

  • I voted in favour of maximizing the revitalization tax incentive (10 years tax free on assessed value of the improvements to a building’s exterior). I think the City needs to continually innovative but in close partnership along the KCBIA and its board of directors. Successes like the 4th Avenue Pedestrian Plaza concept pilot could not happen without the strong and mutually respectful relationship we enjoy.

 

 Corally Heather DELWO, City Council Candidate

Question #1: If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I would help sustain business in the downtown core by supporting a multitude of yearly festivals, events, concerts, and tournaments to increase the flow of tourism. I would like to work with the downtown BIA to come up with economical and effective solutions for our parking issues.  I would also support a well planned economically feasible performing arts center and would like to see some grass roots involvement with raising funds for it. I would also like to find ways through a core review of the city to see how we can better allocate funds, cut costs where we can and move funds to upgrade roads and our curb appeal in the downtown core as well as the rest of the city.

Question 2:  If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in downtown Kamloops?

  • I think to enhance business downtown we need to have a more proactive approach with communication and team work with the BIA to find out where the city can assist the businesses and what owners feel is important to create a more vibrant downtown atmosphere. I would attend meetings and be present to receive ideas and suggestions of what we should be doing to serve as an effective council.

Question 3: If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in downtown Kamloops?

  • To attract business, think we need to stream line the process for opening business into a simpler process. 6-month approvals for new business and development is not acceptable. We also need to provide incentives and tax breaks that would help ease the burden of the already huge start up costs and help entrepreneurs reach their goals and live their dreams. I would also remove the business license requirements for commercial property owners as I think adding more costs to the land owners only adds for more costs to the businesses as it is reflected in increased triple net charges. As a former small business owner small increases can be the make or break point of business success or failure. If these increases become to large we will lose too many of our small businesses and that will really harm our economy in Kamloops – Thank you

 

Rasham (Ray) Singh DHALIWAL, City Council Candidate

Answers not provided.

 

Dieter Wolfgang DUDY, City Council Candidate

Question #1: If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • Contrary to what some people believe increasing the number of businesses in downtown Kamloops will go a long way to ensure that the current businesses not only survive but thrive. Creating services and amenities that would appeal to new business owners will attract them to the downtown and in turn will stimulate growth. The adage of “activity begets activity” holds very true here. I see the addition of a pedestrian plaza, performing arts centre, cultural centre, public market to name a few as ensuring success for business downtown, both old and new.

Question 2:  If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in downtown Kamloops?

  • I think I may have answered question 2 in #1. In a nutshell…increase livability.

Question 3: If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in downtown Kamloops?

  • At the risk of repeating myself, sustaining, creating and enhancing business all rely on a vibrant core. We need focal points, draws for tourists and locals alike. I do and will continue to encourage the development of public amenities that support and foster business.

 

 

Dennis Dale GIESBRECHT, City Council Candidate

Question #1: If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • To encourage and support business in the downtown core I would like to see 3 things; first an increase in security.  If we want people out of their cars and walking the core they must feel safe. A proactive approach between bylaws and RCMP, not reactive. Second would be a push for higher density housing in the core, with emphasis on multi-unit condos. Third would be a building on the atmosphere in the core.  Downtown has the older character buildings and that can be marketed with a tradition and history of personal service, throw back to the” good old days”

Question 2:  If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in downtown Kamloops?

  • To enhance the business downtown we need to build up the feel of comfort and history. This would include older styles of lighting, benches. I would like tax incentives to encourage renovations to look historical, old style doors, windows, awnings, etc. A larger walking presence of law enforcement as well (I would love to see police on horse but I’m not sure that is practical).

Question 3: If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in downtown Kamloops?  

  • Once the core is established as a vibrant, profitable place to do business the business will come.  We will of course need a competitively set tax structure and incentives to renovate the old buildings and a plan to have new construction fit in with the history and feel.

 

Shawn Ray HARNETT, City Council Candidate

Answers not provided.

 

Mercedes Alicia Maureen (Sadie) HUNTER, City Council Candidate

Question #1; If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • The first thing I’d like a good sense of is what is working for businesses in the downtown area. From there, I’d look to find ways to build on what is working and to address what could be improved and see where those improvements can fit into the current planning for the downtown core.

Question #2; If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • In my conversations in the community, there seems to be a perception of the downtown in general as being not very accessible. I believe it’s important to find out in more detail what those perceived barriers are – physical or otherwise – and then work to address them. This may be as straightforward as enhancing communication about businesses in the core, or as challenging at looking at options for accessible parking and enhancing access into businesses. Many of the storefronts in the downtown core, as they are housed in older buildings, aren’t that accessible to those with limited mobility.

Question #3; If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops?

  • Personally, I’d need a better understanding of the current available space for potential businesses. From there, I’d seek to make connections between businesses currently operating in the downtown core with businesses considering their options. To me, it makes the most sense to connect the subject matter experts, with the capacity and experience to answer detailed questions, to others who are looking for help in making informed decisions.

 

Jimmy Jadgeep Singh JOHAL, City Council Candidate

Question #1:  If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops? 

  • The city needs to control its spending and decrease the property tax rate for businesses.  Over the last 10 years, the city’s expenses have increased by over 30%, double the rate of inflation.  Much of this burden has been placed on businesses, as they pay higher property tax rates compared to residential rates.  These increases are ultimately passed onto the shoppers in the form of higher prices in local shops.  That’s not fair to small businesses (who lose their competitive edge) or consumers (who must pay higher prices).  If we want to attract businesses and sustain current businesses, we need to make it a priority to control spending and decrease the property tax burden on businesses.

Question #2:  If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • Shopping downtown should be a unique, enjoyable, and exciting experience.  I’d like to see licensed entertainers on the streets.  Lots of outdoor public green spaces dispersed throughout the downtown.  Unique artwork.  Lots of special events and festivals taking place, drawing people downtown and into the shops.  Basically, a beautiful, pedestrian and bike-friendly, walkable, mixed-use neighbourhood “hopping” with activities.  I’d like to transform it into the most “happening” place to be in Kamloops. Plus, I’d like to fast-track Downtown revitalization by reviewing and improving incentives, so that they work.  If we can encourage developers to invest in mixed-use buildings with commercial spaces on ground-level and residences above, there will be more modern commercial spaces and more people living, working, playing, and shopping downtown.

Question #3:  If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I’d like to see zones of economic activity spread throughout the city, including in the downtown.  In addition to the things I’ve mentioned above, I’d like the city to continue working with the KCBIA to identify the types of businesses we’d like to attract to the area (e.g. tech businesses), and then provide targeted incentives to get those businesses there.  This means reviewing, improving, and expanding our revitalization incentives.
  • Right now, these property tax incentives are only available for property owners that build new or significantly renovate a building.  I’d like to expand them to any of the targeted business types (which we’d determine along with KCBIA’s input).  So, whether these businesses buy or lease a building, they may qualify.  We could set certain qualification criteria:  for example, they must occupy a space of a certain square footage, or they must employ a certain number of employees, or they must be located in a specific part of the Downtown.  In this way, we can make these incentives work to improve the downtown.
  • Another thing is, property tax revitalization incentives are paid out to the end-user over 5 or 10 years.  Developers usually “build-to-sell” so don’t really get to take advantage of these incentives.  We need to get more of these incentives to the developers to really encourage them to build, and to build the types of buildings we need downtown.  I think we can fast-track our revitalization if we give a greater proportion of the incentives to developers and less to end-users.  This idea would make these incentives actually work by better enticing developers to invest and would actually save the city money (I think this would be a powerful way to entice developers, so much so that we could actually give less in incentives overall).
  • Finally, I’d like to give business owners the opportunity to improve our public spaces downtown, if they choose, and if it fits with the character and culture of downtown.  If someone has an idea and the money to invest in public features, artwork, improvements, etc. around their businesses, we should be open to that, and if needed, even provide a property tax incentive.  Public-private partnerships like this can be a win-win and make for a unique and “happening” downtown experience.

 

Stephen KARPUK, City Council Candidate

Question #1: If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • Attitude. We need to change our negative attitude. Let’s start with, “Yes”, and then figure out how to make the yes happen rather than “No” and failing to see anything happen. Look at the opportunity instead of focusing on the barriers to achieving that opportunity. Let’s remove the barriers to growth by reducing time for permits. Let’s be more flexible with zoning to allow for more restaurant patios, and more mixed residential/commercial buildings. But I truly believe that it all comes back to attitude and the belief that we can, instead of we can’t.

Question #2: If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I would look at ways to one attract more people to the downtown area, either through events and activities and reducing the real and perceived barriers to accessing the downtown like parking, transit, walkability, etc. An idea I would I would love to work with the KCBIA to make a reality is to turn more blank exterior building wall space into murals or other art, like Chemainus, BC. The positive economic benefits and overall community feel that this type of community project could bring have been proven in many locations around the globe. I think it would work here too, but I know the KCBIA has ideas and I am very open to making their ideas happen too.

Question #3: If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate to Kamloops Downtown.

  • One of the biggest challenges I think we have in our Kamloops downtown is a lack of definition or identity. We have too many businesses that don’t fit with each other. I feel we need to define what it is we want for our downtown area, maybe on a block by block basis. Other cities have entertainment districts, or restaurant areas, clothing shop zones and they work well together because they fit. Restaurants, lounges, night clubs and bars work well with each other because they feed off each other and they don’t have as many conflicts. Thus, I think it is imperative that our City work with the KCBIA on ways to address this issue. We need to implement a long-term strategy that we work on together and actively make it happen. Look for businesses that fit the strategy/goal and find ways to make them want to be in the KCBIA or other areas of Kamloops. Another current challenge to growth in the KCBIA is the proliferation of homeless, drug and mental health persons who are predominantly hanging out in the KCBIA zone. I will advocate for programs that offer “hand-ups” instead of “handouts”. I think our current approach to dealing with these people has proven ineffectual, so I think an accountability model needs to be used. If we clean up the image and our streets of the downtown KCBIA then I feel we will see an increase in the growth, prosperity potential and longevity of our Downtown.  Thank you for opportunity to comment on your questions and please get out and vote on Oct. 20th. Let’s have a vocal majority instead of a vocal minority.

 

Caroline Frances KING, City Councillor Candidate

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Alison Marie KLIE, City Council Candidate

Question #1 If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • My top priority for sustaining business in the downtown area is to support new building projects that are large mixed residential and commercial buildings. By providing living spaces close to entertainment and amenities it will attract new homeowners and renters who will live nearby and become repeat customers to the surrounding businesses.

Question #2 If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I believe that with commercial spaces being a component of new buildings it will provide opportunities for growth or relocation if desired. And with the new residents to the area no longer needing to drive and take up parking customers from other areas of the city will be able to more easily frequent downtown businesses.

Question #3 If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops.

  • I would like to see the process of business and building applications streamlined. With a growing customer base and real estate opportunities Downtown Kamloops is an inviting place to start a business. Although we need to find ways of expediting the paperwork so that work may begin as quickly as possible while still ensuring proper precautions are being met.

 

Mike Scott O’REILLY, City Council Candidate

Question #1 If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I think the KCBIA has done a fantastic job over the last 2 years creating new and exciting events and this needs to continue. Working with other organizations in the city such as Brewloops, Rotary and the Arts Council is crucial to create new and exciting experiences. The CAP team has also done a great job working with the homeless and cleaning up our streets, but this needs to be expanded to include more staff and longer hours.

Question #2 If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I think the number one way to increase business in the downtown is to have new companies relocate or expand to the downtown core. To do this we need new commercial buildings. We have all seen the impact the tax revitalization has had on multi-family buildings in the downtown, now it is time to expand the tax incentives to commercial buildings. Currently Kelowna, Prince George, Victoria, Chilliwack, Delta, Nanaimo and Maple Ride all have commercial tax incentives. Kamloops does not. The multi-family tax exemption could easily be changed to include commercial buildings.

Question #3 If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops.

  • If you build it they will come. Having new buildings downtown will attract more professionals to the downtown and help all businesses in the downtown core.

 

Bill B. SARAI, City Council Candidate

Question #1; If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops? 

  • Creating and sustaining jobs and working with businesses to grow our economy is paramount for our City moving forward and it will be my main duty as a hopeful City Councillor. My main priority would be to meet regularly with the Downtown businesses and association to get a pulse on the main issues concerning businesses and what steps can be taken at the City Hall level to achieve net positive effects for all parties.

Question #2; If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops? 

  • Enhancing the Downtown core is one of my main concerns at the City Hall level moving forward. We have urban development rapidly taking place in the Downtown area and we need to take advantage of this to revitalize businesses and services provided in this area. It all starts with City initiatives to create a vibrant Downtown area full of attractions, events and dining experiences. There is no reason that we couldn’t make the Daily News Parking Lot free on weekends to attract more customers to the Farmer’s Market or to take in breakfast at a variety of the great restaurants found Downtown to boost the economy in this area.

Question #3; If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops? 

  • Our Downtown area is rapidly growing with the creation of multiple story condos the past few years. That alone should be a conversation starter with perspective businesses for deciding to locate Downtown and capitalize on an increasing population. The City of Kamloops is hosting more events Downtown each year than in years past which also funnels traffic into the local businesses. The Daily News Building being turned into a parking lot should hopefully represent a small positive in terms of the parking problem that has long plagued Downtown Kamloops although I strongly disagree with the parking lot being the best use of the land in the first place. As a hopeful City Councillor, I have confidence that I could help Downtown Kamloops grow and prosper moving forward.

 

Kathy Elizabeth SINCLAIR, City Council Candidate

Question #1: If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • The bottom line is that to sustain current downtown businesses, we need more people to live, work and visit the downtown. More people downtown will increase business for retailers, restaurants and service providers. Here are a few ideas for getting more people downtown:
    • continue to densify the downtown through residential developments (condos and apartment buildings) – creating a higher population to enjoy a convenient, walkable community with access to amenities, who will do business downtown;
    • in conjunction with the downtown transportation & parking study (pending), in partnership with the KCBIA, work to develop a comprehensive communications strategy around downtown parking and transportation – offering solutions such as encouraging people to park on adjacent blocks to Victoria Street, and working to eliminate the perception that there’s no parking;
    • incentive developments that provide at least 10 public parking spaces in their buildings (this is already a part of the City Centre Revitalization Tax Exemption) and/or that offer electric vehicle charging stations and/or carsharing (many young professionals only want to use a car when they need it – one carshare vehicle can replace 12 parking stalls);
    • incentive developments that add value to the public (i.e. public art, public street furniture, public open space – already covered in City Centre Revitalization Tax Exemption – perhaps it is time to promote the City Centre Revitalization Tax Exemption more heavily);
    • champion a privately led or volunteer-led (*not* municipally-led) civic centre/performing arts centre/conference centre in the downtown;
    • work in partnership with Tourism Kamloops to promote downtown as even more of a destination to Rocky Mountaineer passengers, etc.;
    • continue to assist KCBIA with making downtown even more of a destination through City support of community festivals and events (i.e. Ribfest, Buskers Festival, Back Alley Block Party, Pedestrian Plaza, etc.).

Question #2: If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I am committed to increasing housing and supported housing in all areas of Kamloops, including downtown. I believe that the benefits of having 24/7 supported housing for those who are struggling go far beyond helping those individuals alone; they also benefit the business community. For every $10 we spend on supported housing, we save $21.72 in emergency services. I can’t think of anyone wants to see people who are struggling with homelessness, addiction, mental health and poverty on our downtown streets, but without a place to live, that is where many of them are ending up. This is certainly a perceived and real deterrent to doing business downtown. I believe CAP Team data before and after the supported housing goes in at Mission Flats, West Victoria and St. Paul Street will assist with tracking the impact of these projects, which can then be shared with businesses. Many of the items listed above in question 1 can also be applied to this question.

Question #3: If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to relocate in Downtown Kamloops?

  • Following the model of economic development (via Venture Kamloops), the best way to attract new business is to ensure current businesses are happy. Success feeds on success. Downtown must become “the place to be” for business. A lack of staff parking seems to be one of the biggest barriers to businesses moving downtown. I am optimistic this will be analyzed within the downtown transportation / parking study. We know that underground parking is expensive and that it is not realistic to tell business owners and employees to “just take the bus.” The solution to this issue is multi-layered and the points in question 1 also apply here. We need to support locally owned businesses first. That said, looking at other cities, having 1-2 high-profile anchor tenants (such as Lululemon, Sephora, Mountain Equipment Co-op) in the downtown could do much to attract new businesses to relocate as well. I believe this will happen organically once we reach the 100,000-population mark. From what I understand from conversations with Venture Kamloops, new businesses are reluctant to move into existing storefronts; they want new builds. Again, the City Centre Revitalization Tax Exemption may need to be promoted more heavily. I also understand there is a perception that Kamloops businesses pay more taxes than those in other BC cities; however, a recent report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses tells a different story, ranking Kamloops 2nd after Prince George as the top community when looking at municipal property tax fairness (i.e. when balancing businesses’ share of property taxes and assessments). I believe much comes back to championing, communicating and increasing awareness about the benefits Downtown Kamloops has to offer.

 

Arjun Harjit SINGH, City Council Candidate

Question #1: If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?  

  • I think one of the top priorities to sustain current downtown businesses is to help homeless people get housed and get supported. Also, to help people addicted to street level drugs get off these drugs. One of the most frequent concerns I hear from downtown business people is about the negative impacts for and from homeless and addicted citizens. Kamloops is scheduled to have over 150 units of new supportive housing by spring of 2019.

Question #2: If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I think the new downtown planning process offers some exciting concepts for making the downtown even more vibrant and people friendly – things like pedestrian plazas, public squares, and more residential units. I was honoured to serve on our just completed Official Community Plan advisory committee and one of the goals in that plan is to have more people living and thus hopefully shopping, eating, and drinking downtown. More people living downtown enhances the opportunities for downtown businesses. I also think a performing arts centre would enhance businesses downtown by creating a marquee anchor facility to keep downtown in people’s mind. As a community, we should start working together to come up with a new, better supported plan for a performing arts centre.

Question #3: If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to relocate in Downtown Kamloops?

  • After hearing concerns from business leaders, including downtown business leaders, I will be proposing that council approve a review of city regulations and permits for businesses and developers to ensure fairness. I don’t think the city has meant to be unfair at all. I think it is good practice, every so often, to make sure our intentions still match the real-world application of our regulations and permitting.

 

Denis J. WALSH, City Council Candidate

Question #1: If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops? 

  • I believe vibrancy in the Downtown core will be key to sustaining current business activity in the Downtown core. One of the keys to making that happen will be to see the Downtown plan implemented. As the City’s representative on the Downtown Technical Advisory Committee (DTAC), I have first-hand knowledge of the planning process and the current direction of plans. Too often there are challenges with resourcing and implementing plans such as this. Therefore, I will advocate for and support efforts to move this forward in a timely and thoughtful manner. I would also encourage Council to direct staff to strengthen dialogue and communication with the KCBIA, Venture Kamloops, the Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Kamloops, and others in understanding the needs of local business and understand what works in terms of business retention and growth. This will help to inform the City as to where they can reasonably support business retention.

Question #2:  If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops? 

  • I would like to explore the possibility of holding more events in the downtown core that would attract visitors and residents to the downtown. Last summer’s closure of 4th Avenue was well received by the public and I think if we work closely with Downtown businesses, we can find similar events and activities that will support and increase activity downtown.  I would encourage Council to move ahead with the planned Downtown Transportation Demand Management and Parking Study (TDMPS), which would include identifying issues and solutions to accessing businesses and services in Downtown Kamloops.  The Downtown TDMPS will, among other priorities, create strategies that will directly support the objectives of the 2019 Downtown Plan currently being developed. I will also continue to actively promote and celebrate downtown as one of the key social and business hubs of Kamloops.

Question #3: If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops. 

  • As a Downtown business owner, I believe a key step in encouraging, facilitating and attracting new business activity Downtown can be stimulated by the redevelopment of the KDN parking lot. Currently this site provides little business stimulus to the Downtown core. By redeveloping this site and creating a vision that fits with the existing business community I believe we can foster significant spin-off activities for many businesses in the Downtown core as well as create opportunities for new entrepreneurial activity. I would also work with my fellow councillors requesting that staff research best effective practices and prepare proposals for City incentives such as a new tax revitalization plan that would encourage businesses and residents to locate in the Downtown core. Denis Walsh

 

Gerald Kenyon WATSON, City Council Candidate

Question #1; If elected what will be your top priority to sustain current businesses in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I have practiced law downtown since 1995 and am committed to the heart of our city.  The City already has policies aimed at supporting our downtown core which are geared towards attracting new residents to our centre.  The downtown should become the hub for medium to high density housing and an area with a concentrated population of seniors and others looking for that sort of accommodation.  I would support and seek to enhance initiatives that bring people into the city centre.  A larger resident downtown population will provide a key boost to businesses in this area.

Question #2; If elected, what would you do to enhance businesses currently located in Downtown Kamloops?

  • I often walk downtown from my office to meetings with other professionals or my clients.  People new to Kamloops often remark to me on the attractiveness of our downtown.  Our city needs to ensure that our downtown remains the “go to” place for the Kamloops experience.  Credit is due to previous councils for some of the improvements we have seen to date including new downtown hotels and infrastructure enhancements.  We have seen a transformation in larger centres where storefronts are often accompanied by a residential development above the retail level.  As a city we can do more to encourage this sort of development as well as continuing to support existing and new initiatives such as the downtown Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) program and other downtown events.

Question #3; If elected, describe what you would do to encourage, facilitate and attract new and existing businesses to locate in Downtown Kamloops?

  • For a business to locate in our downtown core it must be attractive, accessible and financially viable. We know our downtown merchants will continue to provide high quality and well priced products and services.  As a city, we need to ensure that our residents and visitors have a safe and pleasant experience.  This could include having a prominent police presence with officers walking a downtown beat, improvements to infrastructure and making sure that our downtown remains a green, lively and pedestrian friendly destination.