Bill Sarai


Bill Sarai

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Candidate for City Councillor

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Bill Sarai

Contact Information

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Personal Information

Resident of: Brocklehurst
Age: 56
Current Occupation: Letter Carrier for Canada Post

Political Experience:

Looking to make a difference at Kamloops City Hall this October. Running for a spot on City Council. I’m hoping to take the knowledge gained from my community and volunteer positions and my term in the City’s Social Planning Council to make informed decisions on City Council. I’m also looking to build upon the feedback and concerns I’ve received from the community from all my years as a letter carrier and take these voices to City Hall to represent the average citizen of Kamloops.

Biography

I am a proud husband and father of three, having raised my family in Kamloops. All of my children have attended or are attending Thompson Rivers University. I am looking to expand on my volunteer and term position experiences into a new voice and outlook at City Hall.

External Page Links

CFJC Decision 2018: Council candidate Bill Sarai Click to Visit
TRUSU Bill Sarai – Kamloops Election 2018 Click to Visit
Kameo Kameo w/ Bill Sarai Click to Visit
Kamloops Matters Kamloops election 2018: Bill Sarai a ‘fresh new voice’ for city council Click to Visit
Kamloops This Week Sarai wants to help connect residents to council Click to Visit

Organization Endorsements

BC Progressive Development Group

The BC Progressive Development Group (BCPDG) is a nonpartisan group that focuses on Federal, BC Provincial, and Municipal election issues that effect the people of British Columbia involved in construction and industrial fields.

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Kamloops and District Labour Council

We are the elected representatives of roughly 13,000 unionized workers in the Kamloops area covering Merritt to Valemount and Chase to Lillooet. Our affiliates work collaboratively to advance the economic and social welfare of workers and with other progressive organizations in the promotion of social justice and human rights as described in the United Nations’ Charter of Human Rights. We are members of the BC Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress, the latter of which represents over three-million unionized Canadians.

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Endorsements

Bill's time spent deeply involved among members of the community on a daily basis with his role at Canada Post will serve Kamloops proud when he is hopefully elected to Kamloops City Council. He cares to the core about Kamloops and its citizens and wants City Hall to be better at being transparent and fiscally responsible.

Bill believes in building up and maintaining infrastructure in Kamloops which has greatly lacked in recent years. People need sidewalks in all neighbourhoods, roads free of pot holes for the safety of our cyclists and drivers as well as increased snow removal in the winter so our parents and seniors can safely get around and make appointments.

A vote for Bill Sarai is a vote for positive change in Kamloops. He undoubtedly has my vote and if you've ever talked to Bill I'm sure he'll have yours as well. He's so approachable that for anyone who hasn't gotten to meet or interact with him, I urge you to contact him or view his campaign Facebook page to get a better idea of just how involved in the community he is.

Good luck Bill Sarai!

Chris Henderson, Kamloops Resident

Answers to Questions from the Public

Oct 1, 2018 at 3:29 pm

Julie asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

After having lived in more than a few cities, I have found Kamloops lacking in many different areas such as transit, road maintenance, traffic flow, taxis (very big issue!) and pedestrian accessibility. Have you taken into account these issues and what are your solutions be timeline?

Thank you,

Julie


Bill Sarai Answered

The condition of our roads are the worst we have seen . Our winter is approaching and it is only going to get worse . We also have to improve transit hours of operation and areas it serves, maybe smaller buses to the way out places may cut cost . And if we don’t address traffic patterns now as we grow, it will be more difficult to find a solution in the future. If you need a example look at Vancouver and Fraser Valley of no pkanning.

Oct 3, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Dick Stewart asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

What was their previous Job ? or employment ?


Bill Sarai Answered

My current employment is as a Letter Carrier with Canada Post. I have held this position for over 30 years, almost 25 of those here in Kamloops

Oct 2, 2018 at 2:48 pm

Leslie asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

What are your thoughts on accountability and transparency and Council decisions made behind closed doors?

Far too often it appears that decisions are taken 'in camera' because the Community Charter ALLOWS the topic to be taken behind closed doors, not because the discussion/decision HAS to be taken behind closed doors.
(The Community Charter is clear on which topics must be discussed in private and which may be discussed in private, leaving a lot of leeway for lack of transparency.)


Bill Sarai Answered

I strongly feel that all items except the ones the staff flag as confidential should be held in open council. The Tom Galardi issue is the one I always bring forward and was only brought to the public by a media 5 months after the closed door meeting. Totally unacceptable.

Sep 22, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Peter Kerek asks the City Councillor Candidates

Are there any social justice causes you're personally active in, or, at least interested in?


Bill Sarai Answered

Yes , I believe we as a city are responsible to prove shelter to the vulnerable individuals that request it , as long as they are willing to seek assistance for any mental health issues, and any one that is addicted to drugs are required to get treatment . This is the only way we will get the people help and the majority of the public to support the shelters

Sep 19, 2018 at 1:14 pm

David Johnson asks the City Councillor Candidates

Talk about the need for a Kamloops Performing Arts Centre, discuss the concept behind the number of seats it should have, where it should be built, and the build project administrative and financial structure (grassroots, City, Prov, Fed), that it would take to build and operate it.
Given Kamloops recent experience, what is the best approach?


Bill Sarai Answered

We need a PAC , the number of seats will be determined by demand funding that the public and finders are comfortable financing . I will give my full support to who ever comes to the table with a viable financial and workable plan that suited the arts community. I do not want the tax payers on the hook for no more than 1/2 if the budget , maybe we should apply for grants that are available to us to save the residents any extra cost . It is a hot topic button and any tax increases mentioned to build it will not be widely accepted

Sep 22, 2018 at 4:31 pm

Peter Kerek asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

Food Banks first started appearing in Canada in the early 1980's - and their usage has only increased since then. Why do you think Food Banks have become a permanent institution in Canada, even though we live in a country that has no shortage of food? And what systemic changes need to occur to eliminate the need for Food Banks?


Bill Sarai Answered

We need to increase the minimum wage.actually raise it to a living wage is approx $17-$18 in Kamloops , it is unectebale for someone to have 2- part time jobs and still have to reach out to the food bank to get food on the table . It is not fair that Canadians , especially our seniors are having to chose between medicine or food , or food and utilitie bills . We are better than that .

Sep 22, 2018 at 4:33 pm

Melissa asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

What are 3 things you think are going well for Kamloops, what 3 things need improving and what are 3 things you'd like to express that could promote compassion and dignity towards our cities most vulnrable?


Bill Sarai Answered

We have got the provincial govt involved and stepping up to provide funding for housing . We as a city have provided the land .
Now we need to make sure a 24/7 wrap around programs are available to them. The safe injection site is one tool in the fstuggles of overdoses, I just truly believe the city has let this mobile site set up in a very bad llocation, should not be anywhere near seniors or daycares , I would have it moved to the hospital to save on 911 calls and let the residents live without fear.

Sep 26, 2018 at 7:14 pm

Tabitha Gallicano asks the City Councillor Candidates

Some have already answered this question on facebook. But here it is in case some missed it that might want to answer.
Property Crime and petty theft has increased in Kamloops over the last couple of years. We have initiated the Cap program on the North shore and have noticed an improvement with their presence. We have a great presence of RCMP as well as the re-emergence of neighbourhood block watches. There are further design and landscaping techniques we can utilize that also deters criminal behaviour. What are your thoughts on some provisions and/or steps within councils jurisdiction that could be implemented in order to reduce property and vehicle crime.


Bill Sarai Answered

I totally believe in the steps you have mentioned, also I just helped implement a block watch on our block and have seen an impoverishment in shady people around, I will also push for more neighborhood associations and give them a chance to submit there concerns to city council . Better lighting and more police and bylaws in high crime areas is also be a good tool .

Aug 28, 2018 at 1:50 pm

Kamloops Voter asks the City Councillor Candidates

Do you consider yourself:
A) Leader
B) Team player
C) Lone wolf

Explain


Bill Sarai Answered

My answer is B, I believe working with a team for a common good is satisfying for all involved. 1 person can’t get everything done alone , especially in politics