Two & Out

By: James Peters

Smoking ban vs pesticides ban

November 27, 2015 - 6:14pm Updated: November 27, 2015 - 11:57pm

► It's official.

Now, when you give people the ol' stink eye for smoking near you in a Kamloops park, you have the entire legislative weight of the City of Kamloops behind you.

Council has passed a bylaw banning smoking in all parks and city-owned public places.

The latest new bylaw created by the City of Kamloops may seem very similar to another that was passed earlier this year.

Kamloops: A City Divided

November 13, 2015 - 10:40am Updated: November 18, 2015 - 10:52am

The time for analyzing what happened to lead to last weekend's result in the performing arts centre referendum has come and gone.

But we can still learn something very important if we take a look at the detailed results.

Assuming most people voted close to home, those results show a big disconnect between areas of the city that wanted the centre, and areas that didn't like the proposal.

It's the south shore that voted 'yes,' and the North Shore and outlying neighbourhoods that voted 'no.'

A PAC Yes Vote Is A Vote For Memorable Experiences

November 6, 2015 - 10:21am Updated: November 18, 2015 - 10:52am

When I was 16 years old, I spent $55 on a ticket to see U2 at Winnipeg Stadium.

U2 was my favourite band at the time, and $55 was a lot to spend on a stadium show - far more than I had ever spent on a concert.

I wasn't about to let my favourite band pass through without seeing it, so I knew having that experience was something I would need to pay for - maybe even overpay.

The older I get, the more interested I become in experiences. 

Given the choice at this point in my life, I don't buy things and gadgets if I can spend the money on experiences. 

Not All Missing Persons Cases Are Equal

October 30, 2015 - 11:17am Updated: November 18, 2015 - 10:52am

You may have noticed it over the past few months. 

We certainly have. 

The increase in the number of missing people - especially teenagers - being reported in the city of Kamloops. 

To the reactionary, it is disconcerting, maybe even troubling.

Where are all these people going? 

Are they going of their own volition, or are they being forced? 

It becomes much less troubling, though, with a little thought. 

Teenagers run away. 

They get upset at their parents and they take off. 

Like Obama, Trudeau is No Progressive Political Saviour

October 23, 2015 - 11:13am Updated: November 18, 2015 - 10:51am

For progressives, Monday had a very familiar feel to it.

An election victory signaled the end of a lengthy time of either inept or contemptuous conservative rule, depending on who you ask.

The outgoing candidate was reviled as a divisive force loved by a few and hated by many more.

The winning candidate was youthful, energetic, and eloquent, and represented a party coming back from years wandering in the desert.

In short, Justin Trudeau's victory on Monday felt a lot like Barack Obama's win in 2008.

Stand Up and Be Counted

October 16, 2015 - 11:10am Updated: November 18, 2015 - 10:51am

Monday's election day.

You may have heard.

The reasons not to vote are long and varied. 

Some think all politicians are inherently corrupt and it doesn't matter who is elected. 

Others believe the present first-past-the-post voting system serves causes votes to slip through the cracks and seep meaninglessly into the soil. 

And then there are those who simply couldn't be bothered. 

But if you look at this week's all-candidates forum, maybe those reasons are becoming less relevant. 

The Politics of Fear

October 9, 2015 - 11:06am Updated: November 18, 2015 - 10:50am

As we head up to the federal vote, a little more than a week away, it's important that we are thinking beyond individual issues being presented as campaign planks by the candidates running for us. 

It's important that we as voters ask ourselves bigger questions, like what kind of government do I want, what attitude do I want the government to have, and how will that shape the world in which I live? 

Do I want a government that views our world as one we should fear? 

Or is this a world we should learn from, coexist in, and take every effort to improve? 

CP Rail & Downtown Kamloops

October 2, 2015 - 5:45pm Updated: October 12, 2015 - 11:24pm

Has there ever been a more clearly unreasonable request to a local government than the one being made by Canadian Pacific Rail?

CP wants the City of Kamloops to close two main downtown accesses to Lorne Street, Riverside Park, and the Sandman Centre.


CP is worried that it's getting too dangerous.

That would be a valid concern, but consider this.

When was the last time a person was injured or killed by a train, when it wasn't the victim's fault?

Performing Arts Centre Debate

September 25, 2015 - 5:45pm Updated: October 12, 2015 - 11:25pm

The 'yes' side appears to be gaining momentum in the performing arts centre debate - with groups coming on board seemingly every day this week.

The overwhelming feeling on social media is still 'no,' though, with most people saying the price tag is too high - or that we simply don't need the amenity.

We talk about proposals like this in terms of needs when that's simply hyperbole.

A few years ago, a group of Kamloops residents decided we didn't need the parkade proposed for Lorne Street, and it turns out we didn't.

We all survived.