Integrated Neighbourhoods

Zoning is an important tool that will encourage integration.

Expand and improve Public Spaces

Promote the expansion of public markets, “people places,” shopping hubs, parks and recreational facilities.

Housing Affordability

A good community must have a variety of housing options for its citizens.

Water

This precious water resources we have need to be monitored, protected and managed carefully.

The Environment

Expand recycling programs - encourage water and land conservation measures.

Transportation

Promote a Bicycle culture and improved Public Transit

Arts & Culture

Healthy communities include public access to the arts, culture and community events.

Inclusive Community

Welcome diversity and celebrate our differences

2018 Civic Election

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Progress on the "Reliable Water Initiative"

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Work getting under way to improve water services for Kelowna residents. The budget is a whopping $85.9 million dollars.

Kelowna, British Columbia, July 11, 2018—The governments of Canada and British Columbia  recognize how important investing in modern reliable water services is to building healthy sustainable communities.

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Colin Basran, Mayor of Kelowna, today attended the ground-breaking of Phase 1 of the Kelowna Integrated Water Project. Member of Parliament for Kelowna‒Lake Country, Stephen Fuhr, also participated in the event.

Phase 1 is a multi-year project that involves separating agricultural and domestic systems in Southeast Kelowna and providing a sustainable water supply for agriculture in South Mission. The federal government is providing $26,450,000 and the provincial government is providing $17,457,000 for the project through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The City of Kelowna is providing $19,100,000. 

This work will improve the City’s core south-end water infrastructure with upgrades to its two main pumping stations, increased reservoir capacity and the installation of a larger diameter transmission main. A new separated water distribution system will also be created to provide South East Kelowna Irrigation District residents with year-round clean water and improve storage capacity. 

Once complete, the project will provide cleaner drinking water to almost 2,000 households in Southeast Kelowna and bring the City into early compliance with Interior Heath’s 2025 clean drinking water mandate.

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Journey Home begins

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Kelowna's much anticipated Journey Home Strategy has been approved by city council. Castanet.net 

(The view from my seat on Council)

The five-year, $47-million plan to address homelessness includes an action plan focused on building a system of care that is projected to support more than 2,100 individuals into housing or support programs by 2024. About $18 million of that would be spent on housing, $2.7 million on co-ordination  and $26 million in supports for new diverse programs. The main priorities of Journey Home include the addition of 300 new long-term supportive housing units, 500 new support program spaces, the creation of a backbone organization to lead implementation, and a funding strategy. Team member Dr. Alina Turner says BC Housing has already committed to development of two buildings and are in discussions for another 100 units, leaving them a gap of about 110. "It shows you that the government is already listening, and is already underway in terms of the plan, yet there is still a gap we are going to need to focus on," says Turner.

Co-chair Martin Bell told council the timing is right for the Journey Home Strategy to be put into action.

“We know what we need, and we are well positioned with a concrete strategy in hand that aligns with the focus and priorities of senior government," said Bell. "Most importantly, we have community support and a sense of urgency to move this plan into action.”

The Journey Home Strategy also includes a youth strategy called A Way Home Kelowna. The plan identifies 38 key actions, with set milestone and targets. 

Some of those include: 

By 2024, all individuals experiencing chronic and episodic homelessness will be housed with appropriate supports. About 350 people.

  • By 2024, 1,700 people experiencing homelessness will be housed with wrap-around support through Journey Home programs.
  • By 2021, 100 per cent of those entering the homeless survey system in Kelowna will be connected through co-ordinated access to housing and supports within 14 days.

“We’ve learned in creating this strategy that it’s as much about bringing the community together as it is creating a guiding document,” says Dr. Kyleen Myrah, Journey Home co-chair.

“The response we’ve received from the community has been truly inspiring, from those who work closest to homelessness, to the engagement of those who’ve never really been a part of conversation such as the technology and innovation sector. Most importantly are the voices of those who have, or are, experiencing homelessness that resonate throughout the action plan. The expertise they’ve provided has been incredibly valuable and we will continue to seek their guidance as we transition into the next stage.”

Ricky-Lee Karaszi, a member of the task force, is 64 and handicapped, and says he's been homeless for 19 months. He, and others without a place to live, are frustrated. Karaszi says there are a lot of apartments going up but wonders if they are for rent, or sale. "The homeless people don't know, they don't have any hope. One out of 100 get a place to live here, and here, and here," he said. "There has to be place for us to live. There's a lot of us. It comes down to city planning. We're running out of property. Where are you going to put these."

Now that the strategy has been approved, the work will begin to create an organization to roll out the strategy. “The backbone organization, the group that will be laser-focused on carrying out this strategy, will have dedicated office space for the first two years with Accelerate Okanagan and we are close to securing all funding required for the first two years of their operation as well,” says Bell.

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Kelowna 27 Kilometer Paddle Trail Opens

It was with great pleasure that we opened the 27 kilometer Okanagan Paddle trail on the May long Weekend. The City of Kelowna funded $65,000 of the trail that stretches from Bertram Park in the south to McKinley Landing in the north. There are buoys all along the trail marking the distance. This water trail adds to the Kettle Valley Railway trail and the new Kelowna Rail Trail that stretches from Kelowna to Coldstream (49 Kilometers.) Kelowna is becoming the centre of spectacular active transportation trails. Bring your bike, your runners and now your Kayak to enjoy all we have to offer.  

Pictured below is the launch of the Paddle Trail at Hot Sands beach on a picture perfect Okanagan morning. 20180519 092659

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Journey Home Task Force Report on How to help the Homeless

Capital News: May 9, 2018

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