EDITORIAL – Ask not how to make PAC plan fail, but how to make it succeed

Crowd in council chambers waiting for PAC presentation Tuesday. (Image: Mel Rothenburger)

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

IT WOULD BE very easy to poke holes in the new proposal for a performing arts centre unveiled on Tuesday.

There are a lot of questions to be asked, the main one being, how much will it cost taxpayers? With only 70 parking spaces provided for in the plan, where will the rest come from, and at what cost?

How will residents have input into the idea? Who will it serve?

Those are the kinds of things that need to be answered, and will be answered, in the coming months.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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3 Comments on EDITORIAL – Ask not how to make PAC plan fail, but how to make it succeed

  1. B.C. Municipalities might lobby the Provincial Government to amend the Municipal Finance Act to enable cities to finance special projects to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Province coming up in 2021. How timely is that? Further, we might Lobby the Province to donate the land at the S.W. corner of 6th and Columbia (the eyesore of the old Highways infrastructure). What a splendid site. Just stand near Denny’s and envision the PAC with a beautiful backdrop of hills. Concurrent with that lobbying, the proponents of a PAC should start a fundraising drive for donors of all kinds, including corporate philanthropists and symphony society members. Expand the taxpayer-funding base to include the district and especially the Sun Rivers community and Sun Peaks. (During the last campaign, I recall letters from those upscale communities lamenting that they had no say in the matter). There is likely enough surface parking around the Columbia Street location to accommodate performance goers. In that way, the Seymour lot stays a parking lot. Ignoring the history, it remains a valuable city land asset. By leaving the Seymour street surface parking, we may well solve the intractable problem of parking needs, on those nights when the Blazers play at the same time as a big concert at our shiny new 150 BC Performing Arts Center. Let’s start thinking differently and outside the box of existing interests. We can build this, with new ideas as a starter.

  2. A PAC is still a ” want “, not a ” need “.

  3. It will succeed if all the questions will be properly and unambiguously answered.
    But if future performance is based on present performance then people are rightly worried.

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