An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
NEVER HAVE SO MANY been so confused about what to do tomorrow.
Canada Day has been cancelled or “postponed” in many communities, for a variety of reasons. Kamloops is one city that has cancelled the annual celebrations due to COVID.
A lot of other places have cancelled them out of respect for the trauma caused to indigenous people by the discoveries of children’s remains at former Indian Residential Schools.
And now, there’s the heat. Merritt, for example, has scrubbed the fireworks display from tomorrow’s events out of concern for fire safety.
But there’s some good news to be happy about. July 1 marks Step 3 in B.C.’s reopening plan. That means we can relax our COVID vigilance, at least a little.
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.