EDITORIAL – Why should flying a flag at City Hall need to involve lawyers?

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

WHAT SAD TIMES we live in when flying flags and hanging banners becomes a Charter of Rights and Freedoms issue.

Without a word of discussion, it was announced at Tuesday’s Kamloops City council meeting that new requests for the flying of flags in front of City Hall will not be accepted, though any that have already been processed will be honoured.

It’s not City council’s fault; it’s not as if they suddenly decided to renege on their earlier stand, which was to plant a new flag pole out on the street in front of City Hall for use by community groups.


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