TWO EVENTS THIS WEEK highlight the seemingly rigid dichotomy between the South Shore and the North Shore.
A major new commercial development called The Kamloops Hive was announced, to be located on the land adjacent to the Delta Hotel downtown. At full build-out it will include three buildings of commercial and retail space. While no dollar amount was given, it will obviously be in the millions.
Meanwhile, the North Shore had an announcement of its own. The Customer Care and Patrol Team, known as the CAP Team, won’t be on the streets of North Kamloops this summer. The rationale provided by the North Shore Business Improvement Association is that street outreach can more appropriately be handled by police, bylaws officers and street workers.
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 and was a 2019 Commentator of the Year finalist in the Webster Awards. 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.