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.

Giving animals the benefit of the precautionary principle

January 27, 2018 - 5:15am

KAMLOOPS — One snowy evening two winters ago, I happened to look out a window towards our hay shed, a couple of hundred steps from the house.

A motion-sensor light on the shed suddenly came on as a feral cat who’d been living there emerged from the hay bales and began playing with snowflakes, leaping high into the air and swatting at them, repeating the process over and over.

My heart went out to him at that moment, for here was a creature, living alone, with only himself for sustenance and company, finding genuine pleasure in a game of his own creation.

How 107 downtown employees scored $55,000 parking stalls

January 20, 2018 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — ITEM: City of Kamloops announces that 17 more stalls in the new parking lot on the old KDN property have been reserved for permit holders, bringing the total to 107.

Upon checking with the City, the Armchair Mayor is informed that there are now only 74 spots left for the public.

And while the public parking rate in the lot is only 75 cents an hour compared to $1.25 at the on-street kiosks, the City intends to reserve more of the parking lot spaces for monthly renters if there’s a demand.