ROTHENBURGER – Why mayor isn’t in a conflict of interest over 48 Victoria West

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ANOTHER LIVELY WEEK in Mayor RHJ Nation. Back in the chair at City Hall after his vacation, the mayor didn’t fail to raise some hackles.

At one point during the Tuesday council meeting, a seemingly frustrated Coun. Mike O’Reilly interrupted remarks Mayor Hamer-Jackson was making to ask, “Can we please call the question?”

I wasn’t the only one who thought it sounded rude, but O’Reilly downplayed it afterward by saying he was just giving the mayor a nudge to move the meeting along.

Then there was the mayor’s remark that he felt safer in Mexico — which recently experienced some nasty cartel violence — than in Kamloops. Anti-Team RHJ thought comparing the two wasn’t what a mayor should do.

The big point of contention, however, is his notice of motion to investigate relocating the storage facility for the homeless, currently located at 48 Victoria Street West.


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2 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – Why mayor isn’t in a conflict of interest over 48 Victoria West

  1. I will not walk anywhere near that place even during the day. We go to Music in the Park and leave well before dark. It is discussing. Everyday I thank my Dad for Tough Love! If they don’t want to clean up, dry out and work, send them back where they come from. First Nations show be in their Healing Centers.

  2. Curiously enough them councilors were “all hands on deck” in regards to the social issues plaguing the city during the electoral campaign. Now “show time” is on but they are NOT…except for RHJ. Truly who is in a “conflict of interests” in regards to the wellness of the city?

    And in regards to the latest ex-politicians writing in the local media…we don’t need more of that…just unnecessary “noise” noise in my opinion.

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