EDITORIAL – Another he-said, they-said day in the Pandemonium Capital

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THERE WERE FROWNS, smirks, knowing glances and angry words as another day in the Pandemonium Capital of Canada played out in City council chambers Tuesday.

It was a special meeting called by disgruntled councillors unhappy with Mayor Reid Hamer-Jackson’s decision to add members of the public to standing committees and remove some of the councillors as chairs.

In the end, councillors got their way, passing motions to review the terms of reference of standing committees and suspend the existing committees until a special select review committee brings back a report.

It was, possibly, the most disagreeable mayor vs. council engagement yet.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, alternate 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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1 Comment on EDITORIAL – Another he-said, they-said day in the Pandemonium Capital

  1. John Noakes // March 22, 2023 at 8:35 AM // Reply

    So, someone is worried about confidentiality when an email from the Mayor to the councillors and a couple of staffers is “leaked” to the media?
    Dale, do Councillors think before they leak…..I mean, speak?

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