ANOTHER HERITAGE GROUP is being given its walking papers by City Hall. That makes three. Three strikes and you’re out, in effect.
The circumstances are all somewhat different, but the result is the same. It started with the museum. For 70 years it was operated by the volunteer Kamloops Museum Association until the City removed it from the picture in 2007.
More recently, the Kamloops Heritage Commission got the bum’s rush. The commission, made up of community members with a special interest in the preservation of heritage buildings, served the City for many years in a valuable advisory capacity.
Earlier this year, the commission was relegated to the basement of the new City council committee structure. A few remaining commission members are now part of an “engagement group” that can offer occasional advice through the community services committee made up of councillors and staff.
Now the Kamloops Heritage Society — a different group from the commission — is being shown the door.
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.