The Way I See It

Why BC forests need a Lorax or two

April 10, 2017 - 5:00am

It was on a very rainy early day of spring that, being half-way through the book beautifully titled ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’ by Peter Wohlleben (Greystone Books, 2016), I sank into that state of loving what I was reading, being intrigued by what I was learning, and at the same time feeling saddened by what is revealed if you are to take a peek at the way trees are cared for in our province. 

It’s time we decriminalize political discourse

April 3, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — If I had a dollar for every time I was part of a conversation that had people purposefully steer away from subjects such as politics… well, you get the idea. It’d be a good chunk of money.

I know conversations that venture into politics can turn contentious, but that’s the nature of the beast. It doesn’t have to be all ugly though. Like with everything else, there is a learning curve that eventually can help us get to the place where we can engage in healthy dialogue that does not turn friends into enemies.

One man’s garbage (in a park), is everyone’s garbage

March 20, 2017 - 5:00am

A while ago I brought up the high density of dog poo I see everyday during the walks with my pup through Peterson Creek. We had a few more dumps of snow since, and the winter’s magic act of covering the said mounds offered temporary visual tranquility. 

As of a few days ago, snow has melted, save for a few patches here and there, and a couple of trails still hiding under snow and ice on those parts where the sun doesn’t reach much. The melt came fast and there is but one word to sum up the aftermath: muck! Loads of it. 

A tribute to life and gratefulness, and to making the most of each day

March 13, 2017 - 5:00am

It was almost tangible, the first breath of spring. Almost. Yet Friday morning arrived dressed in a white coat draped over the thick one from the day before. Still winter then. Grumbling ensued. We’ve all had enough of shoveling, enough slipping, and wiping out. I miss warmth and sunny green days too, but over the years, through ups and downs, I’ve learned this one thing: make the most of the day you have. Snowy or not, it only comes once. 

If not us, then who, and if not now, then when?

March 6, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — There was a card game I loved playing when I was little. Each card depicted an animal and relevant information about it, including their status: a few were close to being extinct, others were listed as endangered and many were doing all right. As updated as a kids’ card game could be, the game provided an idea about some species being at risk of disappearing. It makes an impact on a child’s mind, I know that much. 

To use or not to use, and if yes, how?

February 27, 2017 - 5:00am

A while ago I was involved, together with a group of people, in putting together an exhibit focused on sustainability. It’s still on display in the open gallery at the Kamloops Art Gallery downtown. Among others, the exhibit features 11 interviews with local people, some better known than others, each with their own twist on sustainable living. 

Where to from here (or why changing our ways can spare some of the trouble ahead)

February 13, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Again, a week of many happenings. Like many of you who heard the story of the Kamloops couple who stopped to offer their help at an accident scene on the Coquihalla and were hit by a car that lost control, I kept hoping that Anna and Matt Grandia, parents of two, will both survive and recover. Sadly, Anna Grandia passed due to her severe injuries. The pain her family goes through and for the rest of their lives, is impossible to put into words.