Armchair Mayor

By: Mel Rothenburger

Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). He continued to write columns for The Daily News until it ceased publication Jan. 11, 2014, and did regular commentary for CBC Radio.

Getting people from A to B keeps getting harder

February 24, 2018 - 5:00am

IN AN AGE when we can send huge amounts of information to the other side of the world in the blink of an eye, here in the Interior of B.C. we have trouble moving people from one place to another.

Greyhound is cutting its bus services again, and the closest anybody has to a solution is to complain about it.

Inside cities, transit systems work well but not everywhere. The parents of Westmount elementary endure morning and afternoon traffic jams in front of the school as they deposit or retrieve their kids. The school board struggles with how to fix it — a new traffic light?

Spirit Square project will turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse

February 23, 2018 - 5:08am

KAMLOOPS — Sometimes the City of Kamloops gets it right and I think the new plan for Spirit Square is one of those times.

Arpa Investments and the City announced agreement this week on a land swap that will pave the way for redeveloping the area around Spirit Square between MacKenzie Avenue and Tranquille Road.

It will include two mixed-use buildings that will encompass a restaurant and commercial space, and 43 affordable housing units for seniors, plus parking.

Would the railway-tie hysteria of 2010 be different now?

February 17, 2018 - 5:00am

BACK IN 2010, a man named Kim Sigurdson was the most unpopular man in Kamloops.

Sigurdson had the temerity to propose a solution to a major environmental problem — the accumulation of used, creosote-soaked, railway ties.

Local environmentalists ranted, railed (if you’ll excuse the pun), rallied and protested, local politicians (including MLAs Kevin Krueger and Terry Lake, and Mayor Peter Milobar) got cold feet, and Sigurdson finally threw in the towel and went home to Winnipeg.

Chalk one up for the enviros.

Nothing to offer but despair after another mass shooting

February 15, 2018 - 5:26am Updated: February 15, 2018 - 11:05am

KAMLOOPS — Yesterday was Valentine’s Day.

That’s when men of all ages sheepishly line up in supermarkets and buy gaudy bouquets.

It’s a day of love, when we express the joy we give and receive from one another.

Yesterday, 17 people — maybe more by the time you’re reading this — — were slaughtered in a Florida high school by a 19-year-old former student.