EDITORIAL – No kudos to Liquor Branch for reversing ill-advised Red Kettle ban

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

BC LIQUOR DISTRIBUTION should be embarrassed with its decision not to allow Red Shield kettles at any of its locations during this year’s Christmas season.

Sure, the liquor branch reversed that decision yesterday over a professed concern about “the potential for short-notice hardship” on the campaign of the Salvation Army (affectionately nicknamed the Sally Ann).

It’s certainly true that there was almost no advance notice of the ban, which the liquor branch originally said was to avoid “overwhelming” its customers with donation campaigns.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former TNRD director and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a recipient of the Jack Webster Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. He can be reached at

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