Rock-throwing creates consternation downtown
A letter to the City of Kamloops from the president of a local radio station generated plenty of discussion at last week’s meeting of the co-ordinated enforcement task force, but it looks like that is as far as the issue will go.
NL Broadcasting president Robbie Dunn penned a letter to Mayor Peter Milobar, city council, chief administrative officer Randy Diehl and RCMP Supt. Yves Lacasse after an early-morning incident earlier this month in which someone threw large rocks through the windows of the company’s Lansdowne Street offices.
In the letter, Dunn said the act of vandalism caused several thousand dollars worth of damage and scared the lone employee who was inside the building at the time.
At the task force meeting, Milobar agreed the situation was unfortunate, but questioned what steps could realistically be taken.
“How can we address somebody deciding to throw rocks one night?” he asked.
Dunn’s letter said Broadcast Centre on Columbia Street in Sahali was also targeted by vandals on the same night as the incident at NL’s offices, speculating it was perhaps the work of someone who had an issue with local media.
Milobar noted there was no reported damage at the Kamloops Daily News building downtown or Kamloops This Week’s office on Dalhousie Drive.
The task force came to the conclusion that the incident, which occurred at 2 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, is likely linked to the ongoing bar-flush problem with downtown night clubs.
They discussed possible remedies to the bar-flush problem, including a year-round Operation Red Nose program and shuttles to and from the university.