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Letter-writing campaign begins over TCH funding

SALMON ARM, B.C. -- District council in this region of B.C. is stepping up pressure on the federal government to im...


SALMON ARM, B.C. — District council in this region of B.C. is stepping up pressure on the federal government to improve the Trans-Canada Hwy. through B.C.

Council has decided it will send a letter to the federal transportation minister every time there’s a fatality on the highway between Kamloops and the Alberta border. The names of the victims will be included in each letter.

To kick-start the campaign, council is sending a letter containing the names of 11 people who have died in accidents along the single-lane stretch of the highway over the last month alone. The idea, according to Mayor Colin Mayes, is to make the message hit home for federal officials.

“We have written letters and we always seem to get the same response,” Mayes tells local media. “The government says they are investing money in infrastructure, but we never see any results. Maybe this will put a name to the issue.”


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