EDITORIAL – Putting off vote on new performing arts centre is a smart move

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

TIMING IS EVERYTHING. Thus it is with the Kamloops performing arts centre.

The PAC, as it’s commonly known, won’t be on the ballot as part of the Oct. 15 civic election. In an e-mail to members yesterday, Kamloops Centre for the Arts Society interim chair Brenda Aynsley said the society will wait until a new council is in place and then “seek action” on a new PAC.

Mayor Ken Christian liked the idea of putting it on the October ballot in order to avoid the cost of a stand-alone referendum. An October vote would have saved about $100,000 but would have doomed it to failure.


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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