EDITORIAL – We need to stop stigmatizing North Shore in crime reports

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

I WONDER HOW MANY TIMES it has to be said before we stop stigmatizing the North Shore as the crime centre of the city.

Case in point. There was a home invasion a few days ago on the North Shore. There was a stabbing somewhere else.

How do we know this? The media told us so, but it started with the RCMP. A news release issued by police Saturday was titled “Home invasion on the North Shore.” It was about an incident on Comox Avenue.

A second news release the same day, about a different incident, was titled “Kamloops RCMP investigate murder.” It referred to the location as “Clarke Street in Kamloops.”

The media followed the RCMP’s lead. One outlet reported a home invasion “on the City’s North Shore” and a fatal stabbing “in Kamloops.”


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to 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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