Dale Bass

Dale Bass

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Candidate for City Councillor

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Dale Bass

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Phone: 250-572-4620

Personal Information

Resident of: Dallas
Age: 63
Current Occupation: Retired Journalist

Political Experience:

As a reporter, I covered politics extensively but it would have been unethical to participate.
My father was a two-term city councillor in my hometown of London, Ontario. I was often a part of his campaign process.


I’ve been trying to help build our Kamloops community in my own small way since arriving in this city in 1999.
That has meant joining boards of non-profits, working on projects that in some way add to the livability of Kamloops.
My candidacy is a direct result of that work. It’s not so much to complain about how the city is being run now as it is a desire to get involved at a bigger level and work with a team to accomplish more.

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Proletariat Kami Kamloops Election 2018 Dale Bass Click to Visit
CFJC Decision 2018: Council candidate Dale Bass Click to Visit
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Kamloops This Week Candidate Q&A: Addiction, homelessness and school portables Click to Visit
Kameo Kameo w/ Dale Bass Click to Visit
Kamloops This Week After years of asking, Bass wants to start answering questions Click to Visit
Kamloops Matters Kamloops election 2018: After retiring as a reporter, Dale Bass wants a spot on council Click to Visit

Organization Endorsements

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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Who better to represent the people of Kamloops than someone who has been investigating the major issues in the city and bringing forward the concerns and needs of those who live within it as a local journalist and social advocate for so many years? It is “in her blood” to ask the tough questions, gather diverse perspectives, and listen to varied opinions, in order to get to the heart of what matters most. By doing so, Dale will bring a new level of transparency and accountability to council chambers.
Moreover, Dale cares about people and will champion the causes of those who are under-represented in our present political system to ensure that the decisions made are best for everyone, in every neighbourhood, and from every walk of life in the city. I believe Dale has the skills, the drive and the heart to bring positive change to Kamloops, and that is why I will be voting for her on Election Day!

Caroline Hilland, Kamloops Resident

I think that Dale will bring a fresh perspective to City Council. She has had her finger on the pulse of this community for many years and knows what is going on in all the arenas of community development. Dale is not afraid to voice her opinion or to fight for fairness and I know she is not beholden to any select group but sees the community as a whole.

Arleen Simmonds, kamloops resident

An awesome lady that has shown through her writing she knows the needs, and issues, of the people of Kamloops. My ballot selection is now complete with Dale Bass finally making known her decision to run.

Alan Forseth (Website)

I got to know Dale Bass during my years at the Kamloops Food Bank. She has become a dear friend over the years. We are lucky to have her in Kamloops and now running for council. She asks questions some may not want asked or to have to answer. She’s not scared of getting involved (her dedication/volunteer efforts in our community speak for themselves). If you are wondering who to support with your vote, please add Dale to your list.

Kari Benton Smith

I can't wait to see Dale around the council table. Anyone who has ever worked with Dale in any capacity knows that not only is she caring and thoughtful but she gets things done! Just ask the many non-profit organizations and groups she has almost single handedly turned around here in Kamloops. Good Luck Dale!

Tanya Hamelock

Answers to Questions from the Public

Oct 15, 2018 at 10:39 am

Pat c asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

I would like to know what the mayor and councillors will do about the numerous potholes on kamloops roads - a recent article in Kamloops this week asked for the public to let city know where the potholes are located- please just drive from rosehill road up columbia street to summit and then summit on highway to rogers way- it is hard to miss them
Thank you

Dale Bass Answered

You know, when I was still working I would drive down heavily travelled roads and there would be potholes. For days and days. Sometimes weeks. Gotta think at least one city employee would have seen them so why weren't they fixed? We need to prioritize that issue because we know they arrive every year. And in repaving we need to use a system that can deal with frost heaving to minimize them.

Oct 15, 2018 at 10:56 am

Ken Barry asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

Have you read the Kamloops Transportation Master Plan? If so what your thoughts?

Dale Bass Answered

Yes and it's a good starting point but I think we need to take another look at how we implement the goals in a city that is quite spread out. Walking/cycling/transit is good to advocate but if you live in Heffley or Campbell Creek, it's not particularly efficient.

Oct 15, 2018 at 10:56 am

Ken Barry asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

As Kamloops pays the lion’s share of the TNRD funding and has six representatives on its board how do you feel about the CAO picking up $117,000.00 in overtime to add to his salaried $206,000.00 pay.

Dale Bass Answered

I would need to know what requirements led to such a large overtime payment.

Oct 15, 2018 at 10:56 am

Ken Barry asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

How do you feel about a two term limit for City Councilors?

Dale Bass Answered

Makes sense to me. I think with longevity can come complacency.

Oct 15, 2018 at 10:57 am

Ken Barry asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

How do you feel about a Ward System for Kamloops?

Dale Bass Answered

At some point we will have to consider it. The city is growing and in a few years we will need to rethink how we provide representation for everyone. I chuckle at those who say no, it will be too partisan and divisive. The school district is like a ward template and you don't see rural trustees only promoting their own area needs to the detriment if the district as a whole. I believe Kamloopsians are smart enough to elect people who will see the citywide mandate but also be there to provide ongoing communication with their areas. How many councillors now provide that to every area if the city?

Oct 11, 2018 at 8:36 pm

Jayne Trent asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

Are you for, against, or undecided about land application of biosolids? If you are undecided will do you plan on taking what ever advice city staff puts forward to council or will you be doing your own independent research?

Dale Bass Answered

Completely against.

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,


Dale Bass Answered

You forgot snow removal! Seniors and those with mobility issues need to see us do better. Transit: what about a link system of overlapping shorter rites to increase area service? I would like to look into it. We need to look at why are roads have issues and address them. And we need toel examine the aging infrastructure underneath the roads. Just some ideas. As for timeline, that's hard to predict because it would require administration to step it up a gear ir two.

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.)

Dale Bass Answered

Lack of transparency is an issue I have heard from so many people. You are right, Leslie, council needs to be more open than it is now. They need to remember the public service part of the job.

Oct 3, 2018 at 3:14 pm

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

What was their previous Job ? or employment ?

Dale Bass Answered

Reporter and associate editor at Kamloops This Week. Took an early retirement.

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?

Dale Bass Answered

Going well: developing the University corridor, which will expand its impact on the city's economy, continuing to focus on the livability factor if Kamloops and finally taking steps to promote creation of low-income housing.
Needs improvement: Transit services to the growing areas if the city, reducing the tax burden on the small-business sector and improving the city's development-approval process.
Compassion and dignity: the emergency housing plan could be better. We are putting those units in an isolated area with no streetlights or sidewalks and a significant distance from transit. Let's look at tax incentives in areas that will accept treatment centres, maybe help stop the NIMBYism be providing surrounding residents with a reason to say yes and maybe something as simple as providing some sort of washroom facilities in areas where they congregate at night to sleep.

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.

Dale Bass Answered

Encourage expansion of Neighbourhood Watch programs. Take an active role in this. Stop congregating all social services in one hub. I volunteer at the Kamloops Child Development Centre on Holway. Within one block of us are so many such services that provide support for their clientele yet you can't have a cannabis store that close to a school. Where is the logic in that?

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?

Dale Bass Answered

We have yet to resolve poverty. A living wage is a bare minimum. Its very name speaks to how essential it is. Our governments are not supporting our marginalized and challenged. Seniors need the food bank. Special needs adults and children need the food bank. And we talk a lot about child poverty and we study it but our governments are not making tangible changes to eliminate it.

Aug 28, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Kamloops Voter asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

What additions or improvements would you like to see to the recreational offerings in Kamloops?

Dale Bass Answered

I'd like to see the city pay better attention to the aging infrastructure of the facilities, particularly those in the neighbourhoods.

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


Dale Bass Answered

I'd have to say all three. It really just depends on the circumstances.

Sep 6, 2018 at 9:58 pm

Deanna Gilbert asks the City Councillor Candidates

What practical policies do you support that will improve the lives of LBGTQ+ people in Kamloops? For example, do you support the conversion of gendered single stall bathrooms (i.e. Men/Women) to non-gendered bathrooms. This wouldn't even necessarily need new signs, but removing the one displaying the Man/Woman icon.

Dale Bass Answered

The bathroom policy is a no-brainer. The city has committees addressing issues for the disabled, safety, heritage, art... so why not a committee that is focused on the issues of the LGBTQ+ community?

Sep 6, 2018 at 10:00 pm

Nevin Webster asks the City Councillor Candidates

What is something that costs less than $10 a month that you think the current city council should utilize to improve Kamloops starting today?

Dale Bass Answered

If I had $10 a month to improve Kamloops, I would take it to a local coffee shop and give it to the owner to provide coffee for people in need. While there I'd get a cup of tea and sit down and listen to what people have to say about Kamloops. It's you, the community, who know how we need to improve. My job is to listen and bring your concerns back to council.

Sep 6, 2018 at 10:01 pm

Megan Mcfadyen asks the Mayor Candidates

Do you have any sort of plan or interest in developing a plan to address the trains idling for extended periods of time?

Dale Bass Answered

I would definitely raise this as an issue to be considered. In my past experience, City Council was successful in Dallas resolving residents' concerns about coal dust emitted from the trains causing damage to houses and properties.

Sep 6, 2018 at 10:01 pm

William Turnbull asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

Why do you want to be elected?

Dale Bass Answered

The simple reason is because I believe I have something to contribute to the ongoing conversation on how we grow our community.
There are issues I have been writing about for years as a reporter that I want to help tackle and hopefully move forward. Those include adequate transit for all areas of our city, dealing with vacant land that has spent years with for sale signs on it with no takers. There must be a reason for this and I’d like to help identify it and address it.
More importantly, though, I’m running because of how I view the role of a city councillor. It’s really being a public servant and that means not waiting for those who you serve to contact you on issues or to provide input but to seek it out. It means not waiting for public hearings but gather in the neighbourhood coffee shops or community centres to ask questions but, more importantly, to listen to the answers.
I’ve been doing that for decades in one role — and believe it’s now important to do it in a true public service way

Sep 7, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Bryce asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

British Columbians are actually heading to two polls this year, municipal and we also have the mail-in referendum on Proportional Representation.

What's your position on Proportional Representation and why? Should Kamloops also consider some sort of electoral reform for municipal to ensure each area/neighbourhood of Kamloops gets equitable representation on council? Perhaps even lowering the municipal voting age to 16 to get youth more engage.

Dale Bass Answered

I'm in favour of proportional representation because I feel it provides a fairer representation of people. That's why I believe Kamloops will eventually have to adopt a ward system so that all parts of Kamloops have their community voices heard.