One Man's Opinion

By: Doug Collins

It's time to think of those in need

December 25, 2016 - 5:00am Updated: December 25, 2016 - 8:49am

KAMLOOPS — Most of us who read this comment will be in pretty decent shape this Christmas. You will likely have a roof over your head, money at least to buy the basic necessities, and some form of income to keep your head above water.  And for that, you should consider ourselves blessed.

Talk about being over the top

December 6, 2016 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Nothing like a good environmental debate to get the juices flowing.

Last week, the federal government approved the Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion. It has sparked debate that has become so polarized, it’s absolutely ludicrous. Both sides of the debate have solid points, but they are so passionate, they often forget the realities of life, and the fact that nothing is perfect, and compromise is what democracy is all about.

The rights of children to be free from harm

December 4, 2016 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — I am very much in conflict over a case in Calgary where a mother has been charged with criminal negligence causing death because her son wasn’t given life-saving medication and died of a simple strep infection.

The boy was seven years old. He came down with an infection and died after being bedridden for 10 days.

The Crown says the boy’s death could have been prevented with simple medical attention. We can assume that, of course, but we will never know for sure.

The boy was given dandelion tea and oil of oregano - holistic home remedies that didn’t work.

People die as Ottawa sits on its hands

November 29, 2016 - 3:19pm

KAMLOOPS — Well, maybe it’s not quite as bad as that, but it’s pretty close. I cannot believe that we are not moving more quickly in dealing with the incidence of drug overdoses and deaths, particularly relating to the proliferation of fentanyl in the drug community. While overdose statistics are going through the roof, the federal  government still hasn’t declared a health emergency. The B.C. government is dealing with the problem quickly, but federal help is necessary to really apply the measures needed to combat the issue. Last week, B.C.

Peeling the onion on indigenous children

November 27, 2016 - 8:00am

KAMLOOPS — I used to have difficulty with the term “peeling the onion”. Maybe because my eyes tear up when I think about it. But it’s a very apropos saying when it comes to issues that have so many layers. And the deeper you dig, the tougher it becomes.

Such is the case of indigenous children in care. A new report from Grand Chief Ed John makes 85 recommendations on how to change the system; a system that has been long-broken, reminiscent of a broken-down wagon sitting in a rancher’s back yard. Not worth fixing. Out of sight, out of mind.