The Way I See It

By: Daniela Ginta

Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at [email protected], or through her blog.

Most of the human-caused troubles can be avoided

July 16, 2018 - 5:50am Updated: July 16, 2018 - 10:20am

KAMLOOPS — There is nothing like thick billows of wildfire smoke close to town to remind everyone that Mother Nature has an indubitable upper hand. Humbling. As the fire was raging, I heard someone say, ‘I hope it’s not human-caused, but I am afraid it might be.’ I guess many of us had the same thought. It happened too many times already this year and in previous years too.

Giving our children chances for a better future

July 9, 2018 - 6:42am

KAMLOOPS — There is a great animated movie for children (and adults) called Robots that my boys loved and watched many times. So did I, alongside them. There are many memorable lines and teachable moments, but the tag line that stuck with me was ‘See a need, fill a need.’

If only we’d each do that, at a personal, family and community level, life would sure turn up a bit brighter for everyone. The thing is, some people really do and that creates a momentum, or so I want to believe.

In defense of those who serve us

July 2, 2018 - 5:30am

KAMLOOPS — If you’ve been following the local news you know by now that councillor Tina Lange will no longer be seeking a seat in the council in the next elections. It came as a surprise, and it has created quite a few ripples. Not all good, unfortunately. Some people choose to smear ugliness on what should be, always, the respectful public discourse which can and does enhance the quality of services in a community and the community itself.

40 Years of flavours and people goodness

June 25, 2018 - 5:37am

KAMLOOPS — On Thursday, I was sure my column was to focus on the increased frequency of road accidents, some of which are likely due to distracted driving. A cyclist critically injured in a hit-and-run in Enderby. Deadly head-on collisions on highway 97, 5A, and so on. A couple of close calls in my own neighbourhood with people driving through stop signs and over crosswalks when pedestrians were already engaged in crossing (no, a hand wave and an embarrassed face crunch will not do.) My column was to be a reminder and a nudge: please focus on the road (and lose the phone while driving.)

Are we doing enough for our children?

June 18, 2018 - 6:46am

KAMLOOPS — The Rose Garden at Riverside Park was all sparkle and glamour on Saturday. Some of this year’s graduates, their families and friends were gathered for pictures and later, the grand march. The buzz was palpable. Big smiles, laughter, dresses and coats adjusted, nothing was left to chance. I was invited to be part of it by close friends whose daughter graduated. I took photos of their family, of their daughter, then we sat in the shade and chatted until the grand march was to begin.

Let's always consider the big picture

June 11, 2018 - 5:22am

KAMLOOPS — Sunday morning was a chilly, rainy one. We hiked as we usually do with the dog; the air was crisp and the surroundings greener. The few people we met along the way had different reactions. Some were joyous and loving the island-like dampness, others were decrying the sudden lack of warmth. As I write this, the sky is grey and telling of more rain.

So many things we take for granted

June 4, 2018 - 6:39am

KAMLOOPS — The rain picks up as we pass Williams Lake. We had left behind a sunny Quesnel after a return trip to Barkerville, which we first got to see three years ago. A lot has happened since. 

On our way up on Friday we got to see the land affected by fires. Close to Savona, the remains of one of this year’s close encounters are evident by the blackened dirt and stains of tale-telling protective red.

The dark side of summer heat

May 28, 2018 - 6:36am

KAMLOOPS — I cannot imagine a worse nightmare than losing a child. And yet, there it is: accidentally causing it by forgetting to remove the child from the car in hot weather. Sometimes it is parents who forget, other times trusted caregivers. There are no stats for Canada, but for such a horrific death, stats make no difference in convincing anyone about the atrocity of it (in the US, from 1998 to now, there have been 705 heatstroke deaths of children left in cars.) One child lost under such circumstances is one too many.