The Way I See It

By: Daniela Ginta

Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at [email protected], or through her blog.

We ought to mind Mother Nature’s boundaries even when not visible

February 19, 2018 - 7:13am

KAMLOOPS — I must admit, initially I thought the news was a joke. The story of three ‘angry’ otters (quotation marks not mine) that attacked a golden retriever in Victoria, attempting to drown it, according to the dog walker, struck me. The dog waded in the water and chased one of the otters and in a couple of minutes, an attack was unfolding which made the dog walker intervene by getting in the ocean to save the dog. The story had a happy ending, and there’s good learning in it. But…

In vino veritas?

February 13, 2018 - 6:57am

KAMLOOPS — The first time I read about the boycott of B.C. wines, the thought that came to mind was that no one will think it a good idea. A restaurant owner in Fort McMurray had decided to ban wines produced in British Columbia as a way to support the oil workers. It seemed like an emotional response, an automatic response of the kind kids would have after a dispute.

Perhaps we should take a better look at what our children are using

January 29, 2018 - 6:59am

KAMLOOPS — We live close to one of the public high schools, which means that on any given day during lunch break, there is a stream of teens walking in front of our house, many of them shrouded in white billows of steam. If you walk past them, there are various (fruity or not) flavours hitting your nose. There is also a consistent group of students who congregate in the back lane to dedicate some of their lunch break to vaping.

Do we need to redefine what teenagers are?

January 22, 2018 - 5:12am

KAMLOOPS — When I was 12 or so, I became aware that some elderly people around me, relatives or not, had been married or were forced by various life circumstances to become an ‘adult’ early on, at the age of say 16 or slightly older, but under 20. There were a few stories of people whose fathers died suddenly, which meant that the eldest in the family had to work a lot harder to compensate for the loss.

Make safety part of your outdoor adventures

January 15, 2018 - 5:12am

KAMLOOPS — To say that winter cannot make up its mind this year would be an understatement. It’s been a weather seesaw of sorts since it first snowed in early November. Cold, snowy, warm, cold, snowy; repeat, or not.

There’s lots of shoveling to be done, but beauty to delight in too. If you drive out of town for snowshoeing, skiing, or hiking, the rewards are more than worth the effort, more so on a sunny day when snow-clad trees push against a sky so blue it takes your breath away.

New year, old problems

January 8, 2018 - 6:56am

KAMLOOPS — As of two days ago, we are back to slush. A walk to the library yesterday had me jump over soupy snow marshes, making me pay extra attention to the sidewalk. When you do, one thing that stands out is the garbage. A straw here, a wrapper there, a disposable cup here, another one there, lids included, half-revealed by the melting snow. A couple of blocks worth of garbage.

Christmas (and beyond) wishes

December 24, 2017 - 11:56pm


It was freezing cold on Saturday (minus 15 Celsius) and only the tip of the knoll on the right side of the path was touched by the morning sun.  Winter beauty is exquisite around these parts and every time we take ourselves to a trail inside a city park like Peterson Creek or outside town, we’re reminded of it. How lucky we are!