An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
DARE I SAY IT? Dare I utter the words?
Is it time for Dr. Bonnie Henry to turn over the reins of B.C.’s pandemic response to someone else?
Yes, the Bonnie Henry with the fan clubs and folk songs, whose funky shoes and statement necklaces and “Be calm, be kind, be safe” advice have become such a part of pandemic-era lore.
But she’s losing control of the anti-COVID-19 battle.
Remember, early this year when, as if speaking patiently to a child, she told us masks were of no value? We forgave her because other experts were making the same mistake.
Since then, though, she continues not to trust us with specifics on where cases are occurring, except for identifying certain bars and long-term care homes.
She refuses, too, to approve use of the federal contact-tracing app.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.