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.

Lack of healthy boundaries hurts us all

March 19, 2018 - 4:56am

KAMLOOPS — A few days ago, I read about a teacher in the Chilcotin being suspended for one week and being sent to a course on how to create a positive environment in the classroom. The points on which she was being disciplined had to do with her allegedly abusive behaviour. My sons are school-age; my youngest is still homeschooled but also meeting once a week with a group of homeschoolers under the care of a teacher, while his brother, my eldest is in a public high school.

The way out of the darkness

March 5, 2018 - 5:21am

KAMLOOPS — On February 27 Interior Health released yet another overdose alert for Kamloops. Six people died from illicit drug overdose over a period of ten days. Somebody’s child, sibling, spouse, or parent. It is not a matter of age, or status. That is unfortunately the message that becomes stronger with each new story on the opioid crisis front.

More guns is never the answer to the gun problem

February 26, 2018 - 6:40am Updated: February 26, 2018 - 9:14am

KAMLOOPS — I remember when the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting happened. I remember looking at my youngest son’s hands as he was drawing right next to me. They were little, the roundness of his fingers busy and sweet, and most of all safely doing what any kid his age should. He was six and a half, the age of the 20 children who had been killed that morning, together with six adults, by a seriously troubled young man, who possessed many guns, including the one he used that day to commit the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

We ought to mind Mother Nature’s boundaries even when not visible

February 19, 2018 - 7:13am

KAMLOOPS — I must admit, initially I thought the news was a joke. The story of three ‘angry’ otters (quotation marks not mine) that attacked a golden retriever in Victoria, attempting to drown it, according to the dog walker, struck me. The dog waded in the water and chased one of the otters and in a couple of minutes, an attack was unfolding which made the dog walker intervene by getting in the ocean to save the dog. The story had a happy ending, and there’s good learning in it. But…

In vino veritas?

February 13, 2018 - 6:57am

KAMLOOPS — The first time I read about the boycott of B.C. wines, the thought that came to mind was that no one will think it a good idea. A restaurant owner in Fort McMurray had decided to ban wines produced in British Columbia as a way to support the oil workers. It seemed like an emotional response, an automatic response of the kind kids would have after a dispute.

Perhaps we should take a better look at what our children are using

January 29, 2018 - 6:59am

KAMLOOPS — We live close to one of the public high schools, which means that on any given day during lunch break, there is a stream of teens walking in front of our house, many of them shrouded in white billows of steam. If you walk past them, there are various (fruity or not) flavours hitting your nose. There is also a consistent group of students who congregate in the back lane to dedicate some of their lunch break to vaping.

Do we need to redefine what teenagers are?

January 22, 2018 - 5:12am

KAMLOOPS — When I was 12 or so, I became aware that some elderly people around me, relatives or not, had been married or were forced by various life circumstances to become an ‘adult’ early on, at the age of say 16 or slightly older, but under 20. There were a few stories of people whose fathers died suddenly, which meant that the eldest in the family had to work a lot harder to compensate for the loss.

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