Two & Out

By: James Peters

Spina's revelation changes everything

May 19, 2017 - 5:00pm

KAMLOOPS — Last week in this space, I argued against holding a by-election to fill the mayor's spot on Kamloops council.

But things have changed significantly since then, and there is now good reason for everyone to re-evaluate.

In a show of courage and grace, Marg Spina returned to the public council table to inform her colleagues she intends to resign.

Spina said the weight of being absent from her duties while she undergoes treatment was too much for her to bear any longer.

No perfect path for Kamloops council

May 12, 2017 - 7:00pm

KAMLOOPS — Now that Peter Milobar is off to Victoria, Kamloops city council will soon find itself without its leader. 

That's a problem. 

While some might find disagreements with Milobar's leanings on particular political issues, or his larger ideological bent, few could argue his steady hand leading this council. 

It's the third council Milobar has been elected to preside over, and it's a group that might be his most difficult. 

Kamloops-North Thompson deserves a resident MLA

May 5, 2017 - 3:10pm Updated: May 5, 2017 - 4:25pm

KAMLOOPS — We keep harping on this, but certainly it deserves to pointed out: once again after next Tuesday, Kamloops-North Thompson will have an MLA who doesn't live there. 

Whether it's Peter Milobar, Barb Nederpel, Dan Hines, or by some Communist miracle Peter Kerek, all of those prospective MLAs live on the south side of the river. 

Electoral reform is what BC needs, but won't get

April 28, 2017 - 4:00pm

KAMLOOPS — It's the cruelest joke on BC citizens: the one thing our democracy needs the most to function properly is the one thing it won't get after this election, and maybe not any other. 

Witnessing the cantankerous all-candidates forum this week made that abundantly clear.

Good ideas were expressed on all sides of the political spectrum, and on almost every issue. 

Am I an elite?

April 14, 2017 - 2:54pm

KAMLOOPS — It's hard to recall a political movement that has come complete with its own rewrite of the English dictionary.

But the so-called alt-right that propelled Donald Trump to victory in the United States and has sprouted shoots in Canada has its own language.

In order to fully understand what these people are talking about, it's essential to learn that language.

The words used don't necessarily correlate with their traditionally-understood meanings.

BC's political parties should stop saying they care about young voters

April 7, 2017 - 5:00pm

KAMLOOPS — Did you catch that Pepsi ad that went viral this week? 

Has there ever been such a blatant attempt to reach young people made by those who clearly have no idea what they're doing? 

Like WTF, bae. 

I can't even.

Stay woke.

But Pepsi isn't the only organization completely out of touch with young people these days. 

Political parties keep saying they want to appeal to young people; that they want to get more Millenials out to the ballot box on election day.

Limiting campaign signage is right on the mark

March 31, 2017 - 3:00pm

KAMLOOPS — With a bylaw that will take effect for the upcoming provincial election, the City of Quesnel is setting an example for everywhere in this province, including Kamloops.

Quesnel is limiting the number of campaign signs it allows on public land to six.

Not six per parcel of public property, but six in total, for the entire city.

Rarely has a municipal bylaw so accurately hit the bull's eye that it should be emulated by an entire province.

Time is now for Cavers, Milobar to step back from council

March 24, 2017 - 5:00pm

KAMLOOPS — Anyone who has ever been a parent of young children will recognize how important the five-minute warning is, whenever you want your child to transition from one activity to another.

For example, if your child is reading or watching television, and it's time to get ready for bed, the five-minute warning works wonders.

Well, Donovan Cavers and Peter Milobar have had their five-minute warning, and now it's time to move from one thing to another.

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