On October 3, 2019, the Kamloops Chapter of the BCSEA and Transitions Kamloops co-hosted a non-partisan debate at the Thompson Rivers University. The debate’s topic was the environment and all seven candidates were present, which made for a lively evening punctuated by valuable ideas, laughter and promises which we hope to see materialized in sustainable projects down the road.
The debate was one of the 100 Debates on Environment which took place across Canada and was moderated by Mel Rothenburger, former Kamloops Mayor, long-time newspaper editor, present columnist at CFJC Today Kamloops and Armchair Mayor News. We had approximately 170 people in attendance, many of whom submitted questions (in writing) for our seven candidates. Candidates answered four questions being asked across Canada, as well as three more from the local organizing team, followed by questions from the public.
Jan Antons, our volunteer media person, did a Facebook LiveStream of the debate and has made the content available in MP4 format for future viewing. You can access it here.
The event was a success and also an example of civility among candidates and the public who attended it. We heard many interesting, thought-provoking questions and answers, and witnessed first-hand what passion for a sustainable future in Canada looks like.
Thank you everyone who made the evening a success, most of all our candidates whose time and energy has been put forth for many such an event during the campaign. Please cast your vote on October 21, or during the advanced polling, and encourage others to do the same.
Our local chapter will be hosting the annual general meeting in November (date to be determined). The evening will include the usual reports from our chair, Cheryl Kabloona, a Q & A talk, networking, and hopefully adding more members to our ever-expanding group of passionate volunteers. For more information, please check our Facebook and Twitter pages, plus watch for upcoming events via our chapter newsletter or go to our Chapter section on the BCSEA website.