EDITORIAL – Forgiving Don Cherry, banning fur coats and other non-starters

Don Cherry.

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

WHEN WE REALLY WANT to know what Canadians are concerned about, a visit to is a big help. That’s where anyone can start a petition on pretty much anything.

For example, there’s currently one asking the Banff Town Council to do something about a new clothing store that sells fur coats.

I’m with them on that one. Trapping wild animals is a barbaric vestige of our past.

The petition won’t get anywhere, though. A few years ago, RCMP agreed to swap their winter fur hats for good old Canadian wool toques but the plan was scrapped, thanks to the Harper government.

Among other petitions on are one asking for a referendum in Alberta on leaving Canada and one trying to bring back a couple of actors to the soap opera Days of Our Lives.

What might be the best petition is one demanding that Don Cherry get his job back. More than 290,000 people have signed it.

The petition acknowledges Cherry is not politically correct and “may not have been as careful as he should with his remarks,” but insists he shouldn’t have been fired. The fact people are still signing their support three months after Cherry’s firing says something.

That petition seems doomed to failure, just like the fur-coat petition. In fact, I doubt very many of these petitions are successful but maybe that’s not the point — they give people a chance to vent in a more meaningful way than trolling on Facebook.

As for Cherry, well, he did offer to apologize, though not fast enough. When a Canadian says he’s sorry, it’s usually good enough. But the deafening silence from the networks suggests a few hundred thousand signatures isn’t going to earn him forgiveness any time soon.

I’m Mel Rothenburger, the Armchair Mayor.

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

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1 Comment on EDITORIAL – Forgiving Don Cherry, banning fur coats and other non-starters

  1. R A George // March 2, 2020 at 10:12 AM // Reply

    Well, I.m afraid I have to agree with old Don. He has a dead honest way of expressing his feelings and opinions. My old Dad was at Vimy Ridge,Ypres and the Somme. My wifes uncle John died in Sept 1916 at the Somme. Her Dad received the Military Medal. If he hadn,t been a Metis with a darker than usual complection,who knows it could have been a Victoria cross.Anyway for a family feud that was going to be over by Xmas it lasted some time .My Dad didn.t get home until 1919. He never mentioned the mutiny by Canadian soldiers. Anyway even many who made it home suffered as a result of that and other wars and deserve the respect of others. My dad died at 57 after years of bad health as a result of WW1. He was in the ambulance corp. Wearing a poppy is a simple way .for us old timers and new timers as show thankfullness to all those who served their country in foreign wars.

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