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.

Why civic politics is actually a step up from provincial

June 16, 2018 - 5:00am

IS BEING AN MLA really a step up from civic politics? I’ve never thought so, but the traditional thinking is that it is.

The subject comes to mind with the announcement this week that NDP MLA Leonard Krog will run for mayor of Nanaimo in the Oct. 20 civic election. He’s hedging his bets — he’ll continue as MLA for Nanaimo and if he loses the mayoral race he’ll carry on in the Legislature.

In other words, being an MLA is second best and only a backup job as far as he’s concerned.

Temporary gas shortage gives us a glimpse into the future

June 14, 2018 - 5:01am Updated: June 14, 2018 - 11:27am

KAMLOOPS — The gasoline shortage hasn’t been causing much inconvenience this week because only a few stations are affected but it gets you thinking about the future.

The current shortage is, we’re told, caused by a maintenance shutdown at a Petro-Canada-Suncor refinery in Edmonton that took much longer than it was supposed to.

Putting candidates’ names on ballots in random order

June 13, 2018 - 7:39am Updated: June 13, 2018 - 11:09am

KAMLOOPS — A few years ago I suggested that Kamloops City council cut its size from nine members to seven — six councillors and a mayor. Other cities have done it.

A smaller council would be cheaper to run and more efficient, I said. The only point of having a larger council is to have a couple of extra people taking up space at council meetings — sometimes not saying much — and attending public events.

Like father like son, standing up to the American bully

June 11, 2018 - 5:25am Updated: June 11, 2018 - 11:21am

KAMLOOPS — IT WOULD BE so easy to blame Justin Trudeau for the blow-up of the G7 economic conference, to say it’s all his fault that everything fell apart after Donald Trump jumped on an airplane to Singapore.

But only Trump is to blame for his latest temper tantrum. The man is a braggart, a liar, a narcissist and a bully.