Plain Rhetoric

By: Bill McQuarrie

We need to change our thinking on the war on drugs

November 7, 2017 - 5:34am

KAMLOOPS — Let’s talk about crime, drugs, shootings, sex and Kamloops.  Actually, forget the sex part as I just tossed that into the mix to get your attention.


You see, we had another shooting in Kamloops this past weekend and while there is no official statement linking it to drugs, the number of specialized RCMP investigative units involved in the case suggests it is a strong possibility.


Be inconvenient

October 31, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Last week, I attended a public presentation at TRU of Al Gore’s, An Inconvenient Sequel. It was hosted by Shawna-Rae McLean, President of TRU’s Political Science Club and perhaps for the first time when discussing climate change, I was left with a sense of optimism.

That sense of optimism was not so much the result of the actual presentation, although there were several encouraging moments, but because of the people attending.

Vision for former KDN lot requires outside-the-box thinking

October 24, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — During last month’s by-election, there was considerable interest and discussion surrounding the old Kamloops Daily News building, previously known as The Bay.  

The site was a contentious issue, with conversations focussed on the waste of money. Others were concerned about the lack of planning while still others lamented the missing component: a solid vision for the future of that half square block.

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.