Tom Dyas

Independent for Kelowna Mayor
Our platform was put together by listening to people like you — experts in your field, victims of crime, people who have been homeless, new Canadians, lifelong Kelowna residents, students, seniors and everyone in between.

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Climate Change

Active Transportation

Build more active transportation corridors, multi-use paths and sidewalks
Advocate for safe streets for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians
Create more safe storage for bicycles

Energy-Efficient Buildings & Retrofits

Fight for a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program to allow you to make your home more efficient through loans

Flooding

Protect sensitive ecosystems
Improve flood mitigation

Green Space

Incentivize and promote xeriscaping
Promote planting more trees to grow the urban canopy
Build tree-lined medians

Private Vehicles

Build the four-lane enhancement to Glenmore Road
Increase capacity on Lakeshore Road
Create solutions to ease traffic on Highway 97 and review light synchronization

Urban Heat

Consider The Urban Heat Island effect in decision-making

Housing & Homelessness

Affordability

Rent City of Kelowna-owned rental apartments at affordable prices, not market rent.
Recognize that increases to development charges increase housing prices.
Reduce barriers to “missing middle” housing — like carriage homes, townhomes and secondary suites.

Property Taxes

Conduct an independent third-party audit of the City’s finances to find efficiencies and savings — without reducing services.
Recognize that increases to development charges increase housing prices.

Rental Stock

Reduce barriers to “missing middle” housing — like carriage homes, townhomes and secondary suites.

SROs

Review the City's AirBnB regulations recognizing that the City's current 0.6% vacancy rate is detrimental to our rental availability.

Unhoused People

Prioritize housing with treatment first
Create more flexible housing options for homeless residents.
Fight for complex care housing.

Local Government & Democracy

Budgeting

Conduct an independent third-party audit of the City’s finances to find efficiencies and savings — without reducing services.

Public Engagement

Before making key decisions ensure that meetings take place with City staff, the applicants, and local community members.

Mental Health, Drugs, & Addiction

Treatment Programmes

Fight for complex care housing
Prioritize housing with treatment first

Public Safety & Policing

Non-Police-Based Public Safety

Create a Kelowna Citizens Patrol
Partner more nurses with our RCMP officers
Add a dedicated nurse to the RCMP cell block
Review high-rise firefighting capabilities and hire more firefighters
Empower our by-law officers

Police Funding

Create an RCMP Community Policing office at UBCO
End bicycle chop shops
Create an organized and violent crime task force
Action Community Public Safety Plan

Upstream Causes of Crime

Learn from communities across North America who have tackled their crime issues
Prioritize crime intervention through environmental design

Public Spaces & Services

Green Space

Incentivize and promote xeriscaping
Promote planting more trees to grow the urban canopy
Build tree-lined medians

Sidewalks & Bike Paths

Advocate for safe streets for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians
Build more active transportation corridors, multi-use paths and sidewalks
Create more safe storage for bicycles

Transit & Getting Around

Active Transportation

Build more active transportation corridors, multi-use paths and sidewalks
Advocate for safe streets for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians
Create more safe storage for bicycles

New Transit Projects

Increase public transit services to UBCO, Okanagan College and industrial hubs
Improve bus shelters
Conduct an external public transit system review

Private Vehicles

Build the four-lane enhancement to Glenmore Road
Increase capacity on Lakeshore Road
Create solutions to ease traffic on Highway 97 and review light synchronization

Sidewalks & Bike Paths

Advocate for safe streets for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians
Build more active transportation corridors, multi-use paths and sidewalks
Create more safe storage for bicycles

Misc. topics

Biography

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Tom Dyas is a successful entrepreneur, devoted father and active volunteer in Kelowna.

Tom has decades of experience as a small business owner, volunteer on social causes and local sporting events, and advocate with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

Tom founded TD Benefits and has operated it right here in Kelowna since 2001. He has also previously served with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce for over ten years, including two terms as President.

Tom has been actively involved in our community for years through Kelowna Minor Hockey, including as Chair of Kelowna's successful 2020 Memorial Cup bid, and on important community committees, like the Airport Advisory Committee, the Child Advocacy Centre Board, the City of Kelowna's Journey Home Task Force, and the new course development committee at Okanagan College.

Reason for running

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Tom is running for Mayor because while we've seen some positive changes in the last eight years, we're falling behind on what matters most.

Kelowna has the highest crime rate in Canada, the most homeless people we've ever had, the most traffic congestion, and highest taxes.

Tom is committed to working with local experts, city staff and internationally renowned experts to tackle our biggest issues. He knows that the key to getting the right results is to work with people who have expert experience, and never shutting the door on the public.

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