Two & Out

By: James Peters

Reaction to Downie's death shows value of arts in Canadian society

October 20, 2017 - 12:15pm

KAMLOOPS — Almost exactly a year ago, we lost Leonard Cohen. 

Canada's unofficial poet laureate had died at the age of 82. 

He had just released an album, You Want it Darker, three weeks before his death. 

Cohen was known worldwide as a writer, a poet first who expressed the feelings of his heart, and somehow spoke to the hearts of a country.

Stereotypical drug user or not, all lives are worth saving

October 13, 2017 - 2:09pm

KAMLOOPS — For many of us, the death of Ryan Pinneo in January of 2016 was the first indication something was different. The young Kamloops man had died of a fentanyl overdose. There were reasons this was different, and those are some of the reasons people took notice. Pinneo had a supportive family and a bright future, not the stereotypical burnout street junkie we previously associated with overdose deaths.

Dear candidates: run again

September 30, 2017 - 11:03pm

KAMLOOPS — Among the 27 candidates, there were three winners in Saturday's by-election — but there could be a whole host of future winners in that bunch, too.

Ken Christian was always going to win the mayor's chair. For years he has been the city's most popular politician, regularly garnering more votes than anyone else running for any other civic office. Those voters certainly weren't going to turn against him in favour of lesser-experienced, lesser-known candidates.

Misunderstanding at the heart of kneeling athletes controversy

September 29, 2017 - 3:25pm

KAMLOOPS — Those arguing the heated "kneeling during the national anthem" debate are on two different pages, and could benefit from understanding the terms of reference.

More and more NFL players are kneeling during the pre-game playing of the Star-Spangled Banner, a movement started by quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year.

Since then, Kaepernick has been effectively black-balled.

Misogyny alive and well in Canadian politics

September 22, 2017 - 5:00am Updated: September 22, 2017 - 5:39pm

KAMLOOPS — If you're a woman and you want to get involved in politics or leadership, God forbid anyone ever find you attractive.

It's good to be attractive, I suppose, but men in leadership will never let you forget that your body is all they see.

Any argument you make will be met with a skepticism coloured by objectification.