‘We shouldn’t fire people with natural immunity, we should hire them.’
— Bill Maher, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.
I WAS SITTING in The Vic this week with a friend — the day I aired an editorial on vaccines for City councillors — when a woman came to our table and asked me if Denis Walsh still owned the coffee shop.
I said, yes, he is a co-owner. She wanted to know if he was in the shop. I said no, he didn’t expect to be there that day. I knew this because I’d done a lengthy phone interview with him earlier that morning and he’d mentioned it.
She seemed quite edgy. Then she said it was her understanding that Denis had not been vaccinated for COVID. I said no, Denis hasn’t been vaccinated.
She then said she knew Denis but was “pissed off” about his stand on vaccinations, and left.
When my friend and I were finished our coffees and heading out the door, the woman was there, saying, “One more thing.” That one more thing was, does staff at The Vic check for vaccination cards?
“No, they don’t,” I said. “It’s not required.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.