‘Inclusion Month’ proclaimed in Kelowna

Mayor says while people are still being discriminated against here, he will continue working to have everyone treated equally.

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran (second from right) leads a large group of supporters of 'Inclusion Month' in the singing of the national anthem outside Kelowna City Hall Wednesday.

Kelowna’s spirit of inclusion was on display for all to see outside Kelowna City Hall Wednesday.

Following the annual public reading of a proclamation by Mayor Colin Basran declaring October “Inclusion Month” in the city, a large group of people, including Basran and the area’s two MPs, lined up outside city hall, held hands and sang the national anthem. The line stretched for nearly a block.

“Looking (south) of the boarder, when so much is being made about division, particulalry when it comes to ethnicity, it’s really sad to see,” said Basran, alluding to the current U.S. presidential race and comments made by both the  Republican nominee Donald Trump and his supporters.

Basran said he and his council have made no secret of the fact they want to see Kelowna be a community welcoming to all people.

“Diversity is something that we would like to see more of here,” he said.

Basran dismissed as “ridiculous,” the notion that the city is being too “politically correct” with the initiative it has taken and is continuing to take to make the city more welcoming to all, regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, intellectual development, race, religion or social stature.

“The fact of the matter is there are people in our community who are still being discriminated against,” he said, adding he will not stop working to end that until all are treated equally.

The city proclamation, made on behalf of Pathways Ability Society—a local group that works with people facing developmental challenges—has become an annual event outside city hall, as has the “inclusion chain” which features those on hand lining up on the sidewalk in a symbolic show of solidarity.

Pathways marketing representative Adam Less said by having Basran, Kelowna-Lake Country Liberal MP Stephen Fuhr and his Conservative counterpart from Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, Dan Albas on hand helps raise awareness about “diversability” in the community.

“We all need to recognize the value that every individual plays in the community,” he said.

Noticeably absent this year were all three provincial MLAs who represent the area—Premier Christy Clark (Westside-Kelowna), Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick (Kelowna-Lake Country) and Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson (Kelowna-Mission).

 

 

Just Posted

Former Rockets vying for place in NHL

Twarynski and Dube are turning heads during NHL preseason

Organic Okanagan Festival returns for a 13th year

The annual event will be hosted at Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Traffic ahead for commuters driving into Kelowna

A car accident has left one lane open for Northbound drivers

Rockets prepare for three-game series against Prince George

The Kelowna Rockets will be looking to Kyle Topping during the series

Okanagan rugby community raises funds for cancer services

The first ever fundraiser held on Sunday raised $14,000

VIDEO: Rare close encounter with whale pod spotted off B.C. waters

Pod of southern resident orca whales breach within arms length of whale watchers

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Dead B.C. motorcyclist was member of group that raced down mountain road

Some group members record their rides on Strathcona Parkway and post times to page

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

Okanagan College student population climbs

Enrolment up nearly 14 per cent

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

Coldstream supports Okanagan College Campus residence project

Project would see a 100-bed residence on the Vernon campus in Coldstream

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

Most Read