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EDITORIAL – Welcome to 2018 – it promises to be a very important year

Will the momentum continue in 2018? (Image: Creative Commons – Pixabay.com)

An ArmchairMayor.ca editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

WELCOME to 2018. It’s going well so far.

At this time, it’s traditional for journalists — who fancy themselves quite the clever, amusing lot — to make silly predictions about what will happen in the coming year, or make up fake resolutions for politicians.

Since two-thirds of New Year resolutions are broken by the end of January and 80 per cent of them by March, it would be politically smart to make resolutions we intend to break, instead of ones we’ll try to keep.

For example, I could vow to gain more weight, and if I’ve done it by March I can take a bow, if not, I’m better off. Win-win.

But 2018 will be a serious, important year for a lot of reasons and, as I noted in the last Armchair Mayor editorial of 2017, undoubtedly one of surprises. None of us can make credible predictions of what’s coming down the pike (or down the pipe, if Trans Mountain is on your list), but it will be a different world 12 months from now.

We’ll know soon if Todd Stone will lead the B.C. Liberals, and while he’s a favourite son hereabouts he remains something of a long shot. There might be a new group sitting around City council tables even though Kamloops voters went to the polls only three months ago.

This could be the year in which B.C. adopts proportional representation, but I hope not

The future of mass media may or may not become clearer, and my bet is that the demise of newspapers will be further along the road to finality. Even as 2017 ended, yet another step was taken in that direction as Montreal’s La Presse published its final print edition 133 years after it began. It is now officially an all-digital publication.

The president of the company says the shift from print to digital has become “as necessary as it was inevitable.”

This will also be the year when recreational marijuana becomes legal, and that milestone in itself will make for interesting times. While legalization makes sense on paper, it’s becoming increasingly clear that there’s a lot about it that isn’t clear at all — including how it will be managed at the local level, and such things as impaired driving and public consumption.

Unfortunately, if it doesn’t work, there’s no going back.

No doubt, the media will write copiously about all of those issues, but I truly hope they remember one of the most important of all — the #MeToo phenomenon and what it stands for.

May 2018 be a year in which we build on the good things that were started in 2017, and learn from the rest.

I’m Mel Rothenburger, the Armchair Mayor.

Mel Rothenburger’s Armchair Mayor editorials appear twice daily Mondays through Thursdays on CFJC- TV. His Armchair Mayor column is published Saturdays on ArmchairMayor.ca and CFJC Today. Contact him at mrothenburger@armchairmayor.ca.

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About Mel Rothenburger (5950 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.

3 Comments on EDITORIAL – Welcome to 2018 – it promises to be a very important year

  1. Lorraine Winter // January 2, 2018 at 7:47 AM // Reply

    “… it will be a different world 12 months from now.” Ahhh, so true! Even though I agree with you on many of your points, I’m bewildered why you are so down on proportional representation. What’s wrong with a system where every person’s vote counts? Ya, for sure it’s more complicated, many of us may have to brush up on our math skills and we will all, no doubt, wait a bit longer for the results to come in — but wow! the government will reflect what the people want. Wouldn’t that democracy at its finest?

  2. Todd Stone is not my favorite son.Hopefully he will go the way of Ajax.

  3. In the year 2018 hopefully a few more people in the neighborhood (little hope but nevertheless some), in the city, in the province, in the nation will realize how silly, and out-of-tune with our own environment (hence our own long-term well-being) we have got and will slowly make some much needed adjustments.
    For example, we will no longer fight for out right to recycle plastic bags but we will take responsibility to minimize garbage (hence reckless, mindless consumption) in the first place.
    And I have the feeling the Armchair mayor will be there, along the “illuminates ones” to fight for what’s right…hence proportional representation will become the new standard!

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