ROTHENBURGER – The city can’t afford four years of council playing silly bugger

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THERE ARE THREE YEARS, eight months and three days until the next civic election.

The way things are going with Kamloops City council, it’s going to feel like forever.

The silliness this week over a missed “team building” meeting should never have happened; the entire council should be red faced.

Let’s talk about councillors first, then the mayor.

If the seven councillors at the Tuesday meeting had purposely set out to embarrass Mayor Reid Hamer-Jackson, and perpetuate the public split between mayor and council, they couldn’t have done it any better than they did.

What were they thinking? Post a photo of themselves sitting around a table with CAO David Trawin, all of them happily grinning, along with much gushing about what a together team they are, but with the mayor conspicuously absent?


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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2 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – The city can’t afford four years of council playing silly bugger

  1. Just for fun, I looked up the word “indoctrinate”.

  2. Yes and yes and…yes. There are so many things to work on, many of which are consistently skirted. A walk about town with discernment would suffice many on the need of that.
    Personally I am flabbergasted by Dale Bass. Within a few months of her getting elected in 2018 it became clear to me that her ability to write the occasional nice, sensible stories was just…a whole bunch of hot air.

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