Stephen Karpuk


Stephen Karpuk

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Candidate for City Councillor

Stephen Karpuk

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Personal Information

Resident of: Brocklehurst
Age: 49
Current Occupation: Doctor of Chiropractic

Political Experience:

VP Cariboo Student Society '93-94, initiated TRU Student Union Building
President Student Canadian Chiropractic Association 2001-2003
2017 City of Kamloops By-election city council candidate

Biography

Optimist, husband to Kathleen for 21 years, father to 3 great kids and 2 black labs, scratch start business owner for 15 yrs, outdoor enthusiast, Active Rotarian, Kamloops resident since 1977.

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Kamloops This Week Candidate Q&A: Addiction, homelessness and school portables Click to Visit
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Kamloops This Week FOULDS: Impressions from the first civic election forum of the campaign Click to Visit
Kamloops This Week Civic election forum in Kamloops touches on eclectic mix of issues Click to Visit
Kamloops This Week Karpuk wants to bring creativity to council Click to Visit

Endorsements

I fully support Stephen in his efforts and ideas to gain a seat on City council

Bert Braybrook, Former GM of TELUS

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Stephen Karpuk is a sound choice for city council. He is a businessman in our community and cares deeply about the economic sustainability of Kamloops. As well, Stephen is concerned with the ethical and moral viewpoints and actions of municipal politics. From speaking with Stephen on various topics of concern-health and well being of small business and support of jobs for our community, taxes and tax dollar application, infrastructure condition and city commitment to repair and maintenance of facilities in our community, I feel that Stephen would be a good choice for your vote. I will be voting for Stephen Karpuk.

Karie Ghering, Windsor Plywood Kamloops Co-Owner/Co-Manager (Website)

Karie Ghering

Hi everyone. I fully endorse Stephen Karpuk for city council. Stephen is concerned with the issues facing the city-business development, jobs, taxing responsibly and applying taxes to designated projects, transparency and accountability of city council and its members to the people of Kamloops. Stephen listens to people's concerns and educates himself on the issues at hand in order to find solutions that work. Stephen Karpuk will receive my vote for City Councillor on election day, October 20th.

Bryan Ghering, Windsor Plywood Kamloops Co-Owner/Co-Manager (Website)

Answers to Questions from the Public

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.


Stephen Karpuk Answered

My vote for proportional rep is personal and I choose not to share how I will vote. I will share that I have had 3 presentations on this subject, 2 with both sides represented. I have looked into the 3 options of proportional system. I like the MMP system option the best.

I do not support a ward system for Kamloops. I have lived in cities where the ward system is in place for municipal government and I find that the problem is it pits neighbourhoods against each other, plus it invites a party system that also is destructive. I will represent ALL of Kamloops equally when I am elected because we are all equal. All of city Council needs to represent all neighbourhoods of Kamloops and we need to work together.

Given the age of consent to medical treatment in BC is 12, 16 years old is not unreasonable to include in decision making like a municipal election. I have attended 2 high school election forums in Kamloops over the past few weeks. The depth of questions and the level of engagement that these young people have shown at these events is probably more researched and thoughtful than many of the adult ones I have seen or heard.

Thank you for the question. Please get out the vote on October 20th.

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


Stephen Karpuk Answered

I agree there are potholes that need to be fixed. You should see what Montreal, Winnipeg and more than a few other places deal with before we complain too much. I think we need to fix the potholes but I think we need to look at why the potholes are there in the first place. Water that goes into the cracks and causes frost damage to the pavement. Water comes from snow melting and I think we have been leaving too much snow on the roads in the winter.

We need to do a better job clearing snow from our roadways. We need to use front blades on our snow plows. Why does every other road maintenance company, like ARGO and VSA plus all the private contractors use font plows and the City of Kamloops doesn't?? We used to use them in Kamloops, but apparently we sold them???? Front blades are considered best practices for road clearing. We are wasting time, resources, and money when we don't use the right equipment to do the job.

We need to have a snow clearing bylaw to restrict street parking so our city workers can clear to the curb. Many cities use them. We need to do the same here. If we clear the roads to the curb, with the right equipment, we have less snow that can melt into the cracks. We will save money, we will have safer roads and we will not have so many potholes. Fix the problem, not the symptom. It is a better approach. In the meantime lets fix the potholes that are there.

Thank you for the question. Please get out and vote, better yet bring a neighbour, some family or friends. It's our city, It matters!

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?


Stephen Karpuk Answered

I have read through it, though I feel a more thorough read would be required to know specifics. I also attended the public forums preceding the document formation where I added my comments. This is a relatively large document covering a variety of items and areas, and it provides us with a framework to go forward. If there is something specific you wish me to comment on I would be happy to look into that area and get back to you with my thoughts.

Thank you for the question. Please get out and vote October 20th.

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.


Stephen Karpuk Answered

This is a concern of mine. I am not sure how the contract is structured, but I think if he was entitled to the overtime, then the he should get what he got. However, my experience is that management does not get bonuses for overtime because they are not paid hourly and the contracts usually reflect requirements to do job duties regardless of time required. I would like know more.

Thank you for the question. Please get out the vote October 20th.

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?


Stephen Karpuk Answered

I am not in favour of a ward system. I believe it tends to pit one neighbourhood against another. Yes it can work, but I have lived in cities where ward systems are employed and I did not see any better government. I think we need to elect people who see Kamloops needs all areas of the city addressed. I intend to serve all of Kamloops and hope to find ways to address the needs of all neighbourhoods in a fiscally responsible way.

Thank you for your question. Please get out the vote on October 20th.

Oct 18, 2018 at 10:37 am

Nadine Turpin asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

Good infrastructure is very important to any city. The roads in Kamloops are noticeably in very poor condition, specifically on the south shore including Valleyview drive. Patching the roads is not a viable long term solution. Can you advise what your role will be in advocating for better roadways in Kamloops? What is the city’s plan for resurfacing and improving our road ways? Thank you.


Stephen Karpuk Answered

Thank you for your question. I too have been concerned about how we are maintaining our roads. Here's some ideas that I want to look at.
1. Perpetual pavements: Perpetual pavements are designed to last around 50 years, compared to 20 years for conventional pavements. Durability is due to the components of superior-performing asphalts and the ability to model and analyze road systems before construction. Pavement cracking occurs when the tensile strength at the bottom of the asphalt exceeds the limit. So the trick with perpetual pavement is to design it from the bottom up.
Hamilton, On, constructed designed the first municipal perpetual pavement in Canada, the Red Hill Valley Parkway in 2007. The bottom layer is a specially designed mix packed with asphalt cement that is basically indestructible, and therefore highly resistant to cracking. The middle and top layers are made of high-quality Superpave asphalt mixes that resist rutting, cracking and wear. We expect pavement to start to breakdown, hopefully minimally, from day one of use. But if it’s a perpetual pavement, nothing will happen at the bottom and the majority of the pavement remains sound. Deterioration will occur at the top, but it’s easy to fix and should only require maintenance every 20 years or so. Because it only involves milling and replacing the surface, it can be done overnight. The costs may be too expensive for low-traffic-volume roads, perpetual pavements are a good option for major roadways. This is something we could investigate.

2. We need to clear the roads of snow better to reduce the freeze and thaw cracking that causes road to break down into potholes. Leaving snow banks that block storm sewer drains along our roads is a bad idea. We need to use front blades on our snow plows because it is way more effective and efficient at clearing snow than a belly blade is. Further we need to have a city road clearing plan that eliminates vehicles from streets overnight so that the roads can be cleared to the curbs easier. Most cities have parking bylaws that restrict street parking during snow periods, we should too.

Last thought. Lets use permeable concrete for parking lots and sidewalks. Here's a link to a youtube video that explains this technology really well. Have a look.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcY8sfLDeYA

I will advocate for creative, innovative best practices that save us time, money and frustration as a city councilor. Thank you for your question. Please get out and vote on October 20th.

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?


Stephen Karpuk Answered

I have done some investigating of this idea and I think that is an idea worth looking at. If a serving councilor steps away and then can run again after a break then I have no problem with it. Probably prevents "stale dating" and allows for a new perspective. I am NOT in favour though of 2 term and done forever option though. Thank you for the question. Get out and vote October 20th!

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?


Stephen Karpuk Answered

I am a charter member of the Rotary Club of Kamloops Aurora Cennential club, 14 years in total. I have participated in the Rotary Food Drive when I can, and usually involve all three of our kids plus my wife, Kathleen. Last year, my crazy idea of bringing the RCMP Musical Ride to Kamloops became a reality with the group effort of our Aurora Rotary Club. We saw over 5000 people attend our event and raised $90K for local and global charities. I sat on the local Rotary Charity Golf Exec for 10 years, raising over $500k for our local Rotary clubs. I support Rotary and all the work it does to lift people up, locally and globally.

Lastly, as a person who has taken graduate planning and resource management education I am also interested in community development and best practices. I have researched causes of homelessness and models for reductions of homelessness, like Yukon House in Vancouver, and Brookview House in Boston, MA. I have looked at crime reduction strategies that can be facilitated through urban design and planning. I believe in helping people with hand ups, but not handouts. People need to be accountable.

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?


Stephen Karpuk Answered

We are in a 30+ yr homelessness cycle that started in the 1980's with the interest rate increases and that is why food banks started. The previous homelessness cycle was in the great depression. Unfortunately we have seen the gap in wealth growing since and that has perpetuated the problem. Since that time we have had other economic problems that have only made the problems worse. Another factor is more than ever before people are living in urban centers where costs of living are higher and it is harder to make ends meet. People are disconnected from each other and the land that sustains them. This is a global problem.

Canada is the only G8 country in the world that does not have a national housing strategy. That would be a great place to start. I think we need to push for more people to people connectivity and more people to landbase to also help meet the challenge of eliminating poverty and homelessness. More access to community gardens and more affordable housing options, like carriage homes, micro homes, etc., would also be helpful and that is something I know can be done at a municipal level.

Lastly, but vitally important. We need to give everyone hope that they can get ahead IF they are willing to work for it. Less handouts and more hand ups. People need to gain self worth and the only proven method I know is to work or serve others. People need to be accountable.

My grandfather arrived in Canada in 1925 from Communist Russia. He had no social safety net, did not speak English or French, and had no home or anything other than a drive to improve himself. He did whatever it took to become successful, and he did. He prided himself on that fact, that he did it all himself. Many others like him worked hard to build our country. People today have a lot more than he ever did and yet they fail? Perhaps they need to work harder and we need to stop the handouts in favour of handups. It worked for many generations.

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?


Stephen Karpuk Answered

Three things I believe are going well: Access to transportation systems and fibre optic network, growth in our city, diversity in the economy. Three things that I believe we need to improve: Homelessness, Safety/Crime, attitude towards change.

On the last item, our cities most vulnerable, I think we have to stop the shaming and blaming and come together as a community to give them some hand ups. I am against hand outs because they don't work. People need to be accountable to gain self worth. We can give our most vulnerable hope and help, but they have to commit to taking it before we can get them out of the situation. I also believe we have to take a more active role to removing the prolific drug addicted offenders from others. The negative influences of the criminal elements do not help our most vulnerable succeed.
I like the models of help and hand ups that Brookview House in Boston, MA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrMe7jMtuoY

and the Yukon House in Vancouver use. I think we could look at re-purposing the old Rayleigh Corrections site for similar hand up. Thank you for the question. Help get the vote out. Vocal Majority not a Vocal Minority

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.


Stephen Karpuk Answered

All of your suggestions are good, but the bottom line is we need to change our approach to our prolific drug addicted offenders. There has to be some accountability and as I see it now, we don't have any. This program was apparently used in 2006-07 with good success. I know a few RCMP wish we could go back to that. As a council we can direct the models of policing in our community. Time for a change.

Another item I would like to see is the use of permeable concrete for our city, including sidewalks and roadways. Many part of Kamloops have NO sidewalks. The excuse I have been given in the past by some city staff is that we have no storm sewer to direct the water runoff into with traditional sidewalks so we don't get them due to the costs of putting storm sewers. WRONG!!

Permeable concretet is now best practice for urban design because the water that falls on them goes right through the surface, thus permeable, and reduces or even eliminates the need for storm sewers. Barnhartvale, Dallas, Rayleigh, Heffley, Northshore, Brock, etc., all could get sidewalks. Other cities and communities use this material, we need to start. Let's train our city staff in this technology and start doing best practices. I've included a couple of links to some Youtube videos on this if you are interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcY8sfLDeYA (Canada locations)

Studies in planning/urban design have shown that property crime can decrease as much as 17% by simply adding sidewalks alone to a community. Sidewalks get people out walking more where they can meet their neighbours and after they meet their neighbour they often look out for each other more. It builds healthy communities. Plus more people out walking means more people looking at what it happening in their neighbourhoods and that means less opportunity for property and vehicle crime to occur.

There is so much more we can implement and benefit our community safety. Thank you for the question and please help get the vote out. Vocal majority not a vocal minority.

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


Stephen Karpuk Answered

In regards to transit, I know from my work/studies in planning that service drive demand. I believe we should be looking to achieve a 15 min interval on a loop system of interconnecting hubs. Outlying areas, Heflley/Rayleigh/Cambell Creek, should get services at least 3 times daily (early morning, noon, early evening) to allow for most of the work day to be covered. I think smaller buses on community routes that connect to the larger transit corridors should also be more integrated. The last piece is to ensure the walkability of the pick up points is also to maximize utilization. We need to provide the service to create demand. It takes time and effort.

I regards to road maintenance. I think it starts with snow removal and how effective we do it. If there is no snow on the roads, we have more space to drive and less melt water to create a pothole that we have to fix in the summer. We currently do not use a city ordinance that requires the streets be clear of vehicles, boats, RVs, etc and so our city workers have to drive around obstacles. We need to change that. Other cities do it. We also appear to only use city snow plows with belly blades. Best practices for snow clearing are very clear that a front blade with a belly blade are far more efficient and effective at clearing roads ways. Give the city workers the right equipment, training, support and a plan to follow and we will save money in the winter and the summer on road maintenance. I want to know why our city doesn't use front blades on our trucks when every other private contractor does. Argo, VSA, plus many other smaller intracity contractors. They all do and we don't. This need to change.

Lastly on road maintenance, our current system of grinding the top surface of the roadways is flawed. The road bed that is unsupported or ill prepared will constant shift and cause quick degrading of the top. There are some best practices for road repairs we need to do. We can all help ourselves and our city staff by using the MyCity app and locating the problems for our city crews to address them. I encourage more people to use it. I do and the response time is quick and I appreciated the feedback and results.

On traffic flow. Valleyview corridor is getting congested. Improving transit frequency should help, but we also have thru traffic on the highways in our city that are adding to our congestion. I would suggest we push hard for the overpasses at Vicars, Oriole, Highland to start reducing the traffic congestion. Also I would like to see a north Thompson bridge built that links Westsyde with the Hwy 5 Heffley and Rayleigh communities. That bridge would reduce congestion on Westsyde Road, especially heavy vehicle traffic, Logging trucks, from Jameison Creek. It would allow Heffley and Rayleigh to tap into our city sewer and water services plus give them a close place to shop and recreate (Westsyde Pool). The alternate route for traffic would also permit us to possible amalgamate the Rayleigh and Westsyde firehalls and give the communities/highways an alternate route of access in emergencies. Rayleigh also needs an overpass to give them a better access/ a way out when the train blocks the crossing leading to their community.

Lots of work we can do in this area. We just need to have the long term vision, set the goals to achieve and do it.

Thank you for your question. Please get out the vote! Vocal Majority not a vocal minority.

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.)


Stephen Karpuk Answered

I believe we need more transparency to have more accountability in our government. I think that many people feel disconnected to their local government because of the lack of transparency and accountability, and this is a reason I feel that might explain voter apathy. I support more public discussion. I have begun to re-read the Community Charter to make sure I know my role, procedures, and I will make sure I pay close attention to the "in camera" portion. Thank you for your question.

Oct 3, 2018 at 3:14 pm

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

What was their previous Job ? or employment ?


Stephen Karpuk Answered

I am presently at Doctor of Chiropractic and opened my own office 15 years ago as a tenant. 6 years ago I had the opportunity to expand and buy my own space. I learned a lot about how hard it can be to do lease-hold improvements, red tape, finances etc. I pay a livable wage to my 2 staff and provide space for 2 other independent health care professionals.

My prior work experience was in the forestry and planning area. I have also worked in the health supplements industry, retail, warehouse industry (chocolate factory.. yum!), and I have been a newspaper delivery kid.

Thank you for your question.

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?


Stephen Karpuk Answered

I am against. I think that the risk for contamination with heavy metals, drugs, etc cannot be overlooked. I think we would be better to look at thermal conversion/incineration options with heat recovery for energy. Many places in Canada and elsewhere have obtained a net zero energy cost on this process, with some now looking at net positive outputs. Thank you for your question.

Oct 12, 2018 at 12:58 am

Darryl Schmidt asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

If your campaign had a theme song, what would it be?


Stephen Karpuk Answered

The Script - Hall of Fame (featuring Will.I.am)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk48xRzuNvA