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.