Plain Rhetoric

By: Bill McQuarrie

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.

Dear Christy: Resign

June 6, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Dear Christy:

I was sorry to hear of your loss and know how difficult these times can be.  Rejection, disapproval and being avoided can be difficult things to deal with, even in the best of times.

During such trying times, I’d like to be able bolster your spirits and comment on how well you’ve handled everything.  You know, something like a pat on the back along with some reassuring words about how unfairly you’ve been treated by the voters.  

Three seats are no mandate for the BC Green Party

May 30, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Note: This column was written prior to Monday's announcement of an agreement between the BC Green Party and the BC NDP.

Three seats do not a government make and while I’m delighted the Green Party made such huge strides, I’m concerned they may think they are actually government. They’re not, but could and should be part of a robust system of checks and balances. Let me explain.