One Man's Opinion

By: Doug Collins

A tale of two countries - to paraphrase the bard

February 5, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — On a day when the Republicans in the U.S. led the way to repeal former President Obama’s Stream Protection rule, the federal government in Ottawa launched two new programs to address climate change in communities and strengthen infrastructure funding. Ironic, isn’t it, that while one seeks to view protection of the environment with a blind eye,  it’s close neighbor is going the other way.

News faces massive challenges

January 30, 2017 - 10:00am

KAMLOOPS — Two weeks ago, I lamented the dilemma facing news organizations. I asked “who is going to protect journalistic integrity” in light of the challenges facing news organizations large and small. A new report out Thursday reinforces those concerns, and some disturbing comments about where U.S. voters got their election news scare me even more.

How about a beer with your shave?

January 24, 2017 - 11:30am

KAMLOOPS — While it may be a noble gesture to try to cut red tape and react to the desires of society, sometimes you have to wonder why we do some of the things we do. As of yesterday, under new regulations put in place by the government, all sorts of businesses can apply to serve alcohol along with the services they normally provide. You can get a nice glass of beer or wine while you have your hair cut. Regulations will be more relaxed for serving alcohol at charity events, or you can apply to become a bar instead of a restaurant after certain hours.

Will Horgan comment hurt NDP in May election?

January 17, 2017 - 3:00pm

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops-North Thompson Liberal candidate Peter Milobar was quick to take advantage of a perceived gaffe by NDP leader John Horgan last week. Commenting on the mixed response to the approval of the project to twin the current Kinder Morgan pipeline from Alberta through B.C. to Burnaby, Horgan was quoted as saying, in effect, that Interior residents didn’t have the same perspective as those on the coast. Milobar jumped on the comment, suggesting the comment represented a “pat on the head” to Interior residents and was condescending.

Employers face headaches over parental leave changes

January 10, 2017 - 11:00am

KAMLOOPS — There are rumours the Liberal government is going to give serious consideration to implementing its campaign promise to extend parental leave from 12 to 18 months when children are born. It is a potential nightmare for employers trying to deal with replacing workers during those times. Coupled with extending leave is the possibility that parents could be allowed the opportunity to work periodically during that time. The whole scenario is problematic for a number of reasons.

2016: A year of momentous loss

January 8, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — I have seen so many surveys over the past couple of weeks asking viewers, readers and listeners, depending on your medium of choice what the biggest loss was in 2016. Certainly last year was a sadder year than normal when looking at influential people who passed away. Much has been made of all the entertainers who passed on, but I believe there are several who were not entertainers in the traditional sense of the word whose passing should be remembered.