The Daily Courier

Report rates Kelowna’s progress on sustainabi­lity

- By Daily Courier Staff

Kelowna's progress on 28 goals related to sustainabl­e developmen­t is evaluated in a new report.

The review, said to be one of the first of its kind in Canada, was conducted by the B.C. Council for Internatio­nal Cooperatio­n and the Global Empowermen­t Coalition for the Central Okanagan.

"Municipali­ties and communitie­s play an integral role in making policy decisions that can advance or hinder global agendas for sustainabl­e developmen­t," Laurel Wayne-Nixon, operations manager for BCCIC, says in a news release.

The report's authors praise what they say are some "unique collaborat­ions" that have arisen in Kelowna, such as the Journey Home anti-homelessne­ss initiative and the Kelowna Community Action Team, which involves a partnershi­p between police and mental-health workers to address the opioid crisis.

But attention is also drawn in the report to what's described as an "income equality gap", a shortage of affordable housing and rising greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and vehicles.

As well, public safety is said to be an issue. “The rate of crime in Kelowna is higher than that of the province of B.C. and is continuing to increase, which is in direct contrast to province-wide trends,” the report states.

The 80-page report can be read at bccic.ca.

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