THE STORY OF THE BEAR CUBS has a happier ending than it might have been, but first let’s talk briefly about the latest outrageous act carried out by the anti-vaxxers.
Their disruption of Remembrance Day ceremonies in Kamloops, Kelowna and Cranbrook is beyond the pale.
They defaced the cenotaph in Cranbrook, set up a microphone in Kelowna to spew their paranoia, and faked a ceremony at the Riverside Park cenotaph in Kamloops. Fortunately, the official Kamloops ceremony had been moved to the original cenotaph on Battle Street with a scaled-down service due to COVID.
If vaxxers had pulled the same stunt it would be no more defensible but they didn’t. (Unless you believe that ordinary vaccinated folks were responsible for spray painting “The real heroes are the vaccinated” on the Cranbrook war memorial.)
When the anti-vaxxers protested in front of hospitals, it was an outrageous show of disrespect for our healthcare workers. Protesting on Remembrance Day was a show of disrespect — arguably a worse one — for our veterans.
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.