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.

Suzuki row shows risk of relying on corporate funding

April 28, 2018 - 5:00am Updated: April 28, 2018 - 7:48am

SOME OF OUR FRIENDS from next door should take a pill. They’re so over-wrought they’re losing their focus, snapping like a blind dog without a bone.

Albertans are peeved over the Trans Mountain pipeline standoff, and that’s OK. But things got silly this week when a vocal number of them became all agitated over plans by the University of Alberta to give environmentalist David Suzuki an honorary doctorate.

Suzuki, of course, is a staunch and frequent critic of the Alberta tar sands and a strong advocate of alternative energy.

This minimum-wage and tips system costs too much

April 24, 2018 - 5:00am Updated: April 24, 2018 - 11:09am

LIQUOR SERVERS will, eventually, make as much in wages as other minimum-wage earners in B.C. and it makes total sense.

Currently, they get only $10.10 an hour, compared to the regular minimum of $11.35. That’s supposed to account for tips, but the provincial government has recognized that not all servers have the same opportunities for tips, so the discrepancy will be phased out over the next few years.

Running a university is no easy gig

April 23, 2018 - 5:31am

KAMLOOPS — The announcement of Thompson Rivers University’s new president had scarcely been made before word got around about a high-profile incident he’d been involved in at his former place of employment.

Dr. Brett Fairbairn was introduced just over a week ago as “a distinguished academic” and Rhodes Scholar with 30 years of experience at the University of Saskatchewan.

During his time there, the TRU announcement said, he held increasingly senior leadership positions including provost and academic vice president.

Forget about putting my tax dollars into a pipeline

April 18, 2018 - 5:04am Updated: April 18, 2018 - 11:25am

KAMLOOPS — Whatever happened to free enterprise in this country?

Texas-based Kinder Morgan’s threat to pull the plug on Trans Mountain if jurisdictional squabbles aren’t resolved by the end of May has sent both the Alberta and federal governments scurrying to their bank accounts and promising tax dollars to keep the project on track.