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.

Wildlife deserves better, while there is still time

April 23, 2018 - 6:36am

KAMLOOPS — The news about the caribou in the South Selkirks read like a bad joke: only three animals left, all female. If none is pregnant…well, that would be that. It will be 19,000 caribou –present day count in British Columbia - minus three. This is reason to worry. Everything in nature is connected. If one species declines or becomes extinct, things go off balance in other ways. Ultimately, we are affected. There are no maybes in this equation.

The individual changes first and the world follows

April 16, 2018 - 6:43am

KAMLOOPS — Twice a week I get to spend an hour sipping tea and reading while my little guy is in karate class. In a coffee shop, that is. Every time I order, I have to make sure I mention ‘for here’ and that I want a reusable cup. The coffee shop is half-full that time of day, and save for the very rare ‘porcelain cup person’, everyone else is enjoying their beverages out of disposable cups. Plus straws for the cold beverages. Oh, and those useless domes, also plastic. As I take the back alley back to pick up my son, there are beverage cups and straws scattered in the back alley.

It’s not enough to call it a disorder

April 9, 2018 - 6:45am

KAMLOOPS — Depending on who you ask, video games are either good or bad. Or a bit of both, some say, but boundaries are blurry. The World Health Organization is looking into settling that for good by adding a new disorder to the roster. A gaming disorder. Video game organizations and supporters call that excessive and misdirected. After all, there are hundreds of thousands of kids and teenagers who play video games and they seem to function just fine, thank you.

Building a better world, one book at a time

April 2, 2018 - 5:47am

KAMLOOPS — Canada Reads 2018 has wrapped up. The winning book is Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto, defended by Jeanne Beker. I am looking forward to reading it; the rest that were in the ‘battle of the books’ too. The stack of books I am reading now is high enough to make me rethink the previous sentence. But that is the trouble (and the wonder) of books: once you get the bug, you won’t be rid of it easily.

Nature alone cannot defend itself against humans

March 26, 2018 - 5:34am Updated: March 27, 2018 - 8:16am

KAMLOOPS — Few are the things able to ward off the ugly memory of the growing garbage revealed by the melting snowpack. Where garbage lies, there are also cheery birds such as robins and meadowlarks, and serious ones too like hawks and owls. There are deer, bears, coyotes, and cougars. The muffled sound of a big bird’s wings flapping away over your head, or the many animal tracks you find fresh every morning have a magnificence that erases, for a moment, all that’s ailing the very ground you stand on.

Lack of healthy boundaries hurts us all

March 19, 2018 - 4:56am

KAMLOOPS — A few days ago, I read about a teacher in the Chilcotin being suspended for one week and being sent to a course on how to create a positive environment in the classroom. The points on which she was being disciplined had to do with her allegedly abusive behaviour. My sons are school-age; my youngest is still homeschooled but also meeting once a week with a group of homeschoolers under the care of a teacher, while his brother, my eldest is in a public high school.

The way out of the darkness

March 5, 2018 - 5:21am

KAMLOOPS — On February 27 Interior Health released yet another overdose alert for Kamloops. Six people died from illicit drug overdose over a period of ten days. Somebody’s child, sibling, spouse, or parent. It is not a matter of age, or status. That is unfortunately the message that becomes stronger with each new story on the opioid crisis front.

More guns is never the answer to the gun problem

February 26, 2018 - 6:40am Updated: February 26, 2018 - 9:14am

KAMLOOPS — I remember when the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting happened. I remember looking at my youngest son’s hands as he was drawing right next to me. They were little, the roundness of his fingers busy and sweet, and most of all safely doing what any kid his age should. He was six and a half, the age of the 20 children who had been killed that morning, together with six adults, by a seriously troubled young man, who possessed many guns, including the one he used that day to commit the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.