EDITORIAL – City’s vaccination compromises imperfect but reasonable

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THE CITY’S VACCINATION SAGA took another turn yesterday and all is now well within City Hall, more or less.

It all began when Coun. Denis Walsh revealed last week he’s not vaxxed, and opposes mandatory vaccinations for City staff and for members of council. That got some council members calling for colleagues to be vaccinated or not be allowed to attend meetings.

Then administration announced Monday that employees could take “frequent” rapid testing rather than provide proof of vaccination by Dec. 15.

Then Walsh said he still thought that was going too far; then he said it was a step in the right direction.

Then, Mayor Ken Christian proposed at Tuesday’s council meeting that council members be allowed to attend as many meetings as they like electronically until the end of the term, which was approved after a short discussion.


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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2 Comments on EDITORIAL – City’s vaccination compromises imperfect but reasonable

  1. Leaders, civic or otherwise, should be the embodiment of the ethics and hopes of, and for, those they purport to represent….

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