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By: David Charbonneau

David will be posting his columns every week on Thursday. He has eclectic interests ranging from social and political issues to science. He is a retired Electronics Instructor from Thompson Rivers University, former president of the Faculty Association, and curriculum writer. He now paints acrylic on canvas for Thompson Studio.

The psychology of B.C. voters

June 15, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — At first glance, it looked like the split between interior and lower mainland voters was along the usual lines of social values.

Cities tend support liberal social values such as gay marriage, women’s rights, support of immigration, treatment for drug addicts, and poverty reduction. Rural dwellers support conservative values such as the integrity of the conventional family, individualism, and a no-nonsense approach to addiction.

Myths trace human migration

June 1, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Ever since we came out of Africa, humans have carried myths to every corner of the globe. Cultural anthropologist Julien d'Huy traces their journey.

One myth, which d'Huy calls the Cosmic Hunt tells of a hunter who pursues an animal, which then turns into a constellation.

Fiction is not cultural appropriation

May 25, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — The fires of cultural appropriation were fanned recently when the editor of a small magazine published by The Writers’ Union of Canada wrote “I don’t believe in cultural appropriation.” Then he poured gasoline on the fire by promoting a “Cultural Appropriation Contest” in which the winner would the writer who appropriates culture the most: “. . . the Appropriation Prize for best book by an author who writes about people who aren’t even remotely like her or him.” He was forced to resign.

It’s too late to decriminalize pot

April 27, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — It’s too late to decriminalize pot

Decriminalization of marijuana should have happened decades ago. Now it would only add to the confusion.

Marijuana users are caught in a legal limbo. The government intends to legalize marijuana before Canada Day, 2018, but until then it’s illegal. Then, like a light being switched on, what was once a criminal offence will not be.

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