VERNON HAS SHOWN Kamloops how it’s done. Again.
Last Saturday, Vernon residents voted to build themselves a $40-million multi-purpose cultural facility downtown. Of that, $25 million will be borrowed, the rest coming from grants, donations and “partnerships.”
The storyline is familiar. While Kamloops already has a very good art gallery, it needs a new concert hall, commonly referred to in these parts as a PAC (performing arts centre). Vernon already has a PAC but needs a new home for its art gallery and museum, which are currently in two different, aging buildings.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.