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EDITORIAL – Thompson-Nicola Regional District politics is worthy of attention

TNRD board room.

An ArmchairMayor.ca editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THE REGIONAL DISTRICT board of directors met for three hours on Thursday (Sept. 21, 2017), working through a busy agenda that included a public hearing, delegations, an important discussion on Ajax, and various reports ranging from the mundane to — in my view, at least — highly interesting.

Almost none of it will ever reach the eyes and ears of taxpayers in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District because, as usual, there were no reporters there.

It wasn’t always this way. Back when there was a more competitive media environment in Kamloops, and when local media had more staff, the media table in the board room at Fifth and Victoria was always filled with reporters.

Nowadays, the regional district is at the bottom of the heap as far as media coverage of local politics goes.

You may know that I’m a director on the TNRD board, representing Electoral Area P (Rivers and the Peaks). I maintain a separate blog, the Area P Post, on which I frequently publish items I consider to be of interest to people in the electoral area and the TNRD rural areas in general.

I’m going to try something a little different, and see if it helps. In addition to publishing such items on the Area P Post, I’ll also publish those of broad regional interest on ArmchairMayor.ca, because it has a much wider reach.

I don’t pretend to be entirely objective when I write about TNRD issues and news. As a board director, I have a certain perspective and I’m usually part of the story. I think, however, that it’s important to inform the public about what the TNRD is doing. It’s newsworthy.

To that end, on Thursday I published an item on Ajax, and one on the tremendous work done by rural fire brigades during the wildfire season.

This isn’t intended as a shot at local media, only as an effort to fill a gap. I’ll continue publishing items of specific interest to Area P communities on my Area P Post blog.

On ArmchairMayor.ca, you’ll know that a post is coming from my TNRD bias by the fact I will clearly byline it, identifying myself as the director for Area P. And I’ll publish such items under a TNRD sub-category of Rothenburger.

I’ll welcome any input you might have about TNRD issues just as I do about others.

mrothenburger@armchairmayor.ca.

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About Mel Rothenburger (5078 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

4 Comments on EDITORIAL – Thompson-Nicola Regional District politics is worthy of attention

  1. Thanks Mel ! As you know I have been very down on local media.IE Naomi Klien,David Suzuki and Chase Iron eyes.It surley ticks me off that media picks and chooses the issues that it wants to cover and not isssues that the general public would or might consider important.I have tried to contribute to the issues you bring up .Two years ago i used to send in letters to the editor of the KDN and KTW but KDN is gone and ever since I chastized the editor of KTW for a profiling piece they will not publish my letters..So I am pleased to see that you are expanding news issues so more folks can become involved.I still fear that people are afraid to comment on your stories because I only see “the usual suspects” getting involved with comments aimed at clarity on important news articles.It makes me wonder how much the public actually cares.
    There were two discussions in the last few days about electoral reform.It was distressing that the only city candidate I saw was Mr Lax. but still no media.( I understand that you can’t cover everything ) They were valid and helpfull discussions and I commend Fair Vote Kamloops for thier efforts.

    • Mel Rothenburger // September 22, 2017 at 12:05 PM // Reply

      Thanks, Tony. I don’t pretend that ArmchairMayor.ca is a comprehensive news site. It’s basically little old me throwing things out there for interest and discussion.

  2. Mel:

    I too have the same problem with local media/Cariboo Regional District (CRD) but I use social media/my blog to get information out about CRD affairs. As well, I try to encourage CRD Staff to put out press releases on newsworthy CRD items to generate media coverage as well.

    It’s a start…

    Steve

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