THE YEAR HAS GONE BY quickly, hasn’t it? Hard to believe it’s time for the 2018 Armchair Mayor Awards for news and news makers that made headlines but not necessarily in a good way.
There was a lot of legitimate, important news — some good, some bad — such as the civic election, the dirty needles issue, the shutdown of Greyhound, floods and wildfires, the 4thAvenue pedestrian mall experiment and the ongoing McArthur Island nature park question.
Following are just a few of my own favourites, which just happen to be ones that didn’t work out as intended or expected. Picking the winners isn’t easy and you might disagree with my choices but that’s what the comments section is for. The envelopes please…
THE SMOKE ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM AWARD FOR BIGGEST NON-EVENT OF THE YEAR — Goes to the legalization of cannabis. Kamloops scored the first government cannabis store in the province and people were lined up for days to get in. After that, nothing much happened. We aren’t assaulted by the ugly stink of weed as we walk down the street, the roads aren’t crowded with crazy drivers (not any more than usual, anyway) and life goes on. Media lost interest. The only thing different is that potheads now complain some of the fun has gone out of it.
THE FICKLE FINGER AWARD FOR MOST BONE-HEADED MOVE BY AN EX-POLITICIAN — Next year, this award will undoubtedly be named after this year’s recipient.
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.