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.

Politicians should be allowed to tell bad jokes once in awhile

February 10, 2018 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — We’ve lost our sense of humour.

I recently made a joke about Prince George in an editorial and received a heated rebuke from a reader. I fully expected to get the same for some jokes about Alberta this week.

I was rather surprised when nothing happened, which I take to mean readers agreed with me that they shouldn’t get off the airplane when they travel through Calgary.

Pity poor Justin Trudeau. He made what he confesses to be a “dumb joke” at one of his town halls, telling a questioner she should refer to “peoplekind,” not “mankind.”

Every move you make, 'they' are watching you

February 3, 2018 - 5:00am Updated: February 3, 2018 - 6:39am

‘If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.’

— George Orwell, 1984


If you’d been at the privacy and security conference at TRU this week you wouldn’t be reading this.

You would be:

1. Frantically changing the passwords to every device, app and website you own.

2. Searching through your recycling bin for old Hydro bills, envelopes, car-insurance reminders, pre-approved credit card offers and mortgage statements, and shredding anything that even remotely says anything about you.