Two & Out

By: James Peters

Anti-Islamophobia motion unleashes hysteria among Conservative base

February 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

KAMLOOPS — Debate in Ottawa reached a fever pitch as the week drew to a close. It's bound to do that on wedge issues, as this one is, but rarely when it comes to issues that will have no measurable impact. Liberal MP Iqra Khalid has proposed motion that would see MPs recognize that Islamophobia is increasing, and would condemn racism and discrimination. That seems to most to be well-meaning and inclusive, in a way government should be in 2017.

A possible solution to the spring break conundrum

February 10, 2017 - 3:00pm

KAMLOOPS — The spring break debate in the Kamloops-Thompson school district is one of pure self-interest on the part of everyone involved.

The district has vacillated between a two-week break, as is the case in most of the province, or a one-week break, as was the case in Kamloops from time immemorial.

Teachers are looking for two weeks, because who wouldn't want an extra week off?

Unfortunately, as much as teachers do wonderful, valuable work, it's hard to see why they might need another week on top of the time outside of the classroom already afforded.

Trump threatens freedoms he claims to protect

February 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

KAMLOOPS — It seems silly, even borderline ridiculous that a week ago at this time, we were talking about the definition of art. 

Since then, all hell has broken loose. 

First, President Trump signed an executive order throwing the United States refugee and immigration system into disarray. 

And then the horrific terrorist attack in Quebec that took six lives from their place of ultimate security - their sanctuary. 

The ham-fisted incompetence in which Trump rolled out the ban on travel to the United States was utterly laughable.

Even if unsettling, KAG exhibit meets the definition of art

January 26, 2017 - 6:30pm

KAMLOOPS — The Armchair Mayor says the 'Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape' exhibit currently on display at the Kamloops Art Gallery amounts to little more than porn, not art.

He also dismisses any potential debates about the definition of art.

But if we are to take the Armchair Mayor's comment seriously, then we must discuss the definitions of both art and pornography.

Douglas Lake fight could have major implications

January 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

KAMLOOPS — The radio host Paul Harvey used to have a feature called "This day's news of most lasting significance."

It was always about some under-reported story that would loom much larger in the future than it was during that days news run.

This week's news of most lasting significance here in the Kamloops area may well be the start of a civil trial decades in the making.

It pits the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club, a plucky crew of local outdoors enthusiasts, against the Douglas Lake Cattle Company.

Dial down the pressure on Canadian goalies like Ingram

January 6, 2017 - 5:00am Updated: January 6, 2017 - 4:25pm

KAMLOOPS — In hindsight, I was maybe growing up too fast. I was 19 years old, and I was speaking in front of crowds of several hundred people on Sunday mornings, people who were very protective of their church podiums. For some reason, I thought I had something to say, and for some reason, they let me say it. It was a lot of pressure.

Don't blame the calendar for spate of celebrity deaths

December 30, 2016 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — When George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds died this week, it all got to be a little much.

This agonizing, this exaggerated lamentation that has reached a fever pitch, with one target in the crosshairs - 2016.

The year, 2016, anthropomorphized as the serial killer taking all of our most beloved celebrities.

Social media users directed all manner of insults and profanity toward their calendars.

They noticed a seemingly unending list of celebrity deaths, and sought to place blame where no blame is warranted.

Where were the massive Trans Mountain protests we were promised?

December 23, 2016 - 5:00am Updated: December 23, 2016 - 8:09am

KAMLOOPS — When Prime Minister Trudeau came to Vancouver this week to sell the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, did you see the crowds of protesters following him? Did you see the phalanx of angry environmentalists greeting him outside of every media outlet, demanding he reverse his government's decision to approve the expansion? Did you see the scores of First Nations demonstrators accusing Trudeau of betraying them?

No you didn't, because that didn't happen.