DO YOU EVER WISH there was a way to throw the rascals out without waiting for the next election?
This comes to mind as Victoria City council struggles with yet another boondoggle of its own making, the latest of many. It serves as a warning signal to other B.C. towns.
On Thursday, the B.C. Court of Appeal overturned Victoria’s plastic-bag ban, saying the City should have run it past the environment minister before putting it into force. It’s a business vs. environment question. So far, the council’s excuse is that it thought about it, but decided it didn’t have to.
Which raises the question, wouldn’t it be best, when contemplating a contentious new law, to cover all your bases?
The court’s decision is a blessing in disguise for Kamloops City council, which is in the process of sending its own version of Victoria’s bag bylaw out for public consultation.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.