Kamloops, BC, mayor says some residents oppose planned wildfire monument

Canadian Press in National Post
November 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ken Christian

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Questions are being raised in the city of Kamloops over the issue of a monument honouring volunteers who helped thousands of people forced from their homes during last summer’s severe wildfire season. Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian says residents have been speaking out since the Thompson-Nicola Regional District announced last week that $100,000 will be set aside in the 2018 budget to commemorate the efforts of volunteers. Christian says he has also talked to several volunteers who told him they helped because it was the right thing to do, not because they expected any recognition. The mayor says many recalled a shortage of computers to process the evacuees and there have been suggestions that the funds could be better spent on computers or other upgrades to emergency services.

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