PETERS – High school students lead movement for change in Merritt

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Merritt council’s rejection of a rainbow crosswalk request has sent a clear message to a segment of its population – and young people, no less

WHEN HIGH SCHOOL students are leading the movement for change in our society, there is little reason to fear for our future.

In Merritt, members of the school’s LGBTQ club asked their school board for support for a rainbow crosswalk in the community.

It was a brave thing to do in Merritt, not only forming an LGBTQ group, but making a request before the board.

The board rightly decided if it was going to advocate a rainbow crosswalk on a City of Merritt street, it should ask the City of Merritt.

In a weak-kneed decision, Merritt council said no.

The rationale?

It would set a precedent for other groups to come forward asking for their own special crosswalks.

A couple of Coquihalla-sized holes in that argument.



James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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2 Comments on PETERS – High school students lead movement for change in Merritt

  1. Paint 70 rainbows and who would care except for the first lawsuit if a kid got hit in the crosswalk and the argument was given about an improperly marked crosswalk?
    Where is the common sense not to consider this scenario, Mr. Peters?
    Paint up private property until the cows come home. Show acceptance of any idea that comes along. That isn’t what I see in this.
    If there is a loophole somebody’s lawyer can use to make a case for blame, it will happen.
    The City of Merritt’s Mayor and Council showed good judgement and they should stick with their decision.
    Leave the crosswalks marked as crosswalks according to the letter of the law. Period.

  2. Dale Wood Shoemaker // March 2, 2018 at 5:03 PM // Reply

    so you have different groups wanting their own crosswalks, what an interesting city that would be. Come on, give them their sidewalk, get with the times


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