Two & Out

By: James Peters

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.

How do you respond to tragic news stories?

September 18, 2015 - 5:45pm Updated: October 12, 2015 - 11:28pm

Having spent a few years in this business now, I've told my audience about some awful things.

Car accidents, incurable diseases, terrorist attacks and war.

And I've told the audience about crime.

Lots and lots of crime.

It would be completely admirable of me to stand here and tell you that each story affects me emotionally because I know that there are human beings who are made victims by all of those horrible things.

But that's simply not the case.