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

To ban or not to ban junk food ads for children

June 12, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — My youngest was about six when he asked what a happy meal is. Someone at school had mentioned it. I said it’s a healthy meal that you eat with the people you love. Cheeky, I know. Then I explained what people refer to when they talk about a ‘happy meal’. Fast food that comes loaded with sugar, salt, fat, and a plastic toy. The plot between the movie industry and fast food was also discussed. You watch, you buy, and you throw away. You become hooked. Repeat. 

He tilted his head, as if to say that is silly. I shrugged; it is. 

Let’s keep green spaces buzzing with life

May 29, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — If you happen by Peterson Creek these days you have likely experienced the persuasion to stay a bit longer than you might have planned. It comes in the shape of thick green bunches of grass, and various wildflowers. Birds abound, and if you’re lucky, you can spot (one of) the resident hawks giving the magpies and crows a run for their money with the daily threat of consuming their offspring. 

Of books and mothers and celebrating both

May 14, 2017 - 5:00pm

KAMLOOPS — I grew up with books. Our living room had tomes lined up in tall bookcases covering entire walls, floor to the ceiling almost. When you’re a kid, that is as close to infinity as it gets. I loved climbing to some of the highest shelves and reaching to the back row where old books hid both enticing adventures and that smell of old paper that to this day is one of the most comforting smells there is. 

In defense of spring and wildflowers

May 8, 2017 - 6:50am

In defense of spring and wildflowers

By Daniela Ginta

It is finally here. The warmth we’ve all been looking forward to after a long-drawn winter. Hills are dressed in emerald green, and peppered with abundant bunches of arrowleaf balsamroot flowers. More wildflowers emerge every day. It’s the kind of show you can find yourself a perpetual awed spectator to, dizzy with wonder and surprise. Delicate shooting stars, deep blue larkspur looking like tiny wizard hats, buttercups, the omnipresent but nonetheless beautiful dandelion, and so many others I have yet to identify.

Why everyone's vote is vital

May 1, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Our days are rife with politics. News, campaign bites, signs abounding. Provincial elections coming up! Wednesday night found me listening to Elizabeth May at the Double Tree Hilton hotel downtown. No matter your colours, politically speaking, an admirable and inspiring presence like Ms. May’s transcends all of that. She has a straight backbone and accountability. We need more politicians like her to help restore people’s trust that things can turn out better after all. 

Why we need to celebrate each day before and after Earth Day

April 24, 2017 - 5:00am

There is an interesting realization that sneaks up on you once you spend enough time in nature to be humbled by it: that you know squat about it, other than the very basics, if that, unless you dedicate time to learn about it. It is mindboggling to think that for the most part, our awareness of the living world is minimal. That hinders much of our chance to succeed at saving ourselves.  

A basketful of Easter memories

April 17, 2017 - 12:05am Updated: April 17, 2017 - 4:47pm

I must’ve been 10 or so when I got that orange plaid dress for Easter. It had delicate lace around the pockets and a set of nice white buttons down the front. It had spring written all over it. The sun seemed to shine a tad brighter when I stepped outside wearing it.