An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
DEMOCRACY IS A FRAGILE THING, a fact being demonstrated during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Governments at all levels — federal, provincial and local — struggle with how much information to trust us with, and how to be transparent in their proceedings while practicing social distancing.
Public meetings of elected bodies aren’t as open as they are in normal times, and they’re definitely a work in progress.
Take Tuesday’s Kamloops City council meeting. Please. It was, let’s face it, a bit of a gong show.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, 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.