Plain Rhetoric

By: Bill McQuarrie

Is decline the product of slow and steady leadership

August 8, 2017 - 4:38am

KAMLOOPS — I sometimes wonder if I’d have anything to write about on our local economy were it not for Ajax.

What if 15 or so years ago, the City had set course on a different path? A path that recognized we needed to begin preparing for a new future or be left behind to become a mostly abandoned resource town that people pass through on their way to somewhere else.

Think out of the box to diversity the economy

August 1, 2017 - 12:31pm Updated: August 2, 2017 - 4:56am

KAMLOOPS — Back around 2008, I was asked for my thoughts on the local economy and what new ideas I might have about diversifying our economy.  Everyone else at the table was talking high tech and manufacturing but not providing specific examples or even a back of the envelope action plan, so I decided to take a completely different approach.

Is the Chamber of Commerce still relevant?

July 25, 2017 - 8:23am

KAMLOOPS — Last week at City Council, the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce was a topic of conversation and concern.  In a letter to the City, the Chamber, on behalf of all their members, was claiming the Ajax mine would create 10,000 jobs in Kamloops.

The 10,000, which to the best of my knowledge has never been used in any prior economic estimates, came as a surprise both for its size and the source.  The source, it turns out, was not the result of the Chamber’s own studies of independent industrial or scholarly reviews, but was provided to them by KGHM, the mine’s majority owner.  

Feel free to disagree, but keep the name-calling to yourself

July 11, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — One of the expected consequences of writing a political opinion piece is the inevitable name calling. Matter of fact, if I don’t get a comment or two or an email calling me an idiot or a moron, I begin to worry about having written a weak column.

It comes with the territory and is both expected and welcomed... well, at least most of the time. What I mean by welcomed is it serves to demonstrate and reaffirm the importance of opinions and dialogue.

Follow the money in the flawed Kamloops recycling regime

June 27, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Does the City of Kamloops, or should I say, Kamloops City Council actually believe in and support recycling, or are they in it just for the money?

I ask, as it seems the City still wants our annual recycling fee but doesn’t want to actually collect everything that could be recycled. They also assume we all have a vehicle and will happily take what they, the City, refuse to collect, to one of three private recyclers.

Kamloops life — as seen through the lens

June 20, 2017 - 10:00am

KAMLOOPS — Over the past couple of weeks, I had an opportunity to photograph a number of events in Kamloops and in the process, reaffirmed that this is one heck of a place to live.  

You and I know this already yet sometimes there is a need to reconnect with our town and confirm that there is more to life here than Ajax, municipal by-elections, pipelines, provincial politics and other interruptions that distract from our quality of life.

Three leaders place their own interests over those of their constituents

June 13, 2017 - 8:44am

KAMLOOPS — Three different political events these past few weeks have me wondering where we went wrong and where are we headed.

We have the Donald Trump and James Comey battles and the looming Russiagate. This followed quickly by British PM Theresa May and her post election (Brexit) disaster. And then there is our Premier’s current minority government state of affairs.

All three share a troubling and growing trend. A trend that seems to pay scant if any attention to the needs, concerns or rights of the people they have been elected to govern.

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