Two & Out

By: James Peters

Are we a country or aren't we?

April 13, 2018 - 11:08am Updated: April 13, 2018 - 1:30pm

THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION of the Trans Mountain debate doesn't really have anything to do with how the pipeline expansion will impact the environment.

Almost all environmental impacts are hypothetical - they may or may not happen, but aren't assured.

The added pipeline capacity will surely result in some bitumen being diverted from diesel-spewing, derailment-prone rail transport to underground pipeline transport.

However, studies show crude oil transport by rail will increase markedly in the next 20 years anyway, even with the new pipeline capacity.

Blazers have a long way to go before 2020 Memorial Cup

March 16, 2018 - 5:00am

ANOTHER BLAZERS SEASON ENDS THIS WEEKEND — another season with a few highs and too many lows on the ice.

The front office doesn't need me or anyone else to tell them the on-ice product needs to improve.

But there need to be more changes as well, in order to turn things around at Sandman Centre for a franchise that could use a shot in the arm leading up to a Memorial Cup bid.

NDP government too hasty in rolling out new taxes

March 14, 2018 - 2:21pm Updated: March 15, 2018 - 11:19am

THE NDP GOVERNMENT had a couple of big economic problems to try to address as it prepared for its first full budget last month.

It had to do something about the affordability crisis in the Lower Mainland, and it had to figure out a way to pay for health care without the Medical Services Plan premiums coming in.

It seems the government was a little hasty with its solutions to both issues.

City of Kamloops work to address affordable housing exemplary

March 14, 2018 - 12:38pm

IT'S GRATIFYING to see a problem identified in Kamloops, and then work being done to solve it.

In 2013, a needs assessment for affordable housing found the city should add no fewer than 2,222 new units of affordable housing in order to accommodate the needs of the population.

That's a big number, and one not accomplished in one fell swoop.

But little by little, we're seeing organizations team up with the city and the province to chip away at it.

Logic of city hall restructuring not immediately apparent

March 4, 2018 - 5:00am

AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR.

City of Kamloops CAO David Trawin announced last week there would only be four senior managers reporting to him instead of five after David Duckworth takes his leave to Calgary. 

That means the purview of Duckworth's former department is being split up between the other four directors: Jen Fretz, Byron McCorkell, Marvin Kwiatkowski and Kathy Humphrey. 

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