A BRIDGE TO RECONCILIATION is within our grasp right here in Kamloops. I mean symbolically, at least, although the international attention the community received after last year’s discoveries at the residential school demands substantive progress on resolving historic and current grievances.
Anyway, I was browsing media the other day when I came across a letter to the editor to the Victoria Times Colonist. It was a one-sentence letter, suggesting simply that the Johnson Street Bridge be renamed Reconciliation Bridge.
Interesting idea, I thought. Then my mind quickly turned to our own community, and then to the Halston Bridge. That bridge was completed in 1984 after a controversy in which then-chief Mary Leonard threatened to blockade construction.
As symbols of reconciliation go, what would be better than renaming the Halston crossing Reconciliation Bridge?
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.