Two & Out

By: James Peters

While BC parents save their pennies, Alberta government funds playgrounds

June 10, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Finally, a government appears to understand something about what a young child needs when he or she goes to school. 

It's not just about smaller classes and adequate teaching resources. 

The Alberta government announced last week that it will spend $20 million over the next four years on playgrounds. 

Greens choose pragmatism over principle in deal with NDP

June 2, 2017 - 4:00pm

KAMLOOPS — The Green Party, whether here in BC or in other jurisdictions across Canada, has made its name first on its commitment to the environment, and second on its refusal to compromise on matters of principle. 

It has stood resolute despite repeated overtures from the BC Liberals and NDP, who have watched with a mixture of envy and trepidation as the Green Party gains support and momentum, election after election. 

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.