Plain Rhetoric

By: Bill McQuarrie

Testy days at City Hall

January 30, 2018 - 8:10am

KAMLOOPS — Things got a bit testy at City Hall last Tuesday when Councillor Cavers introduced his motion asking staff to review and have a look at best practices when it came to snow removal.


What appeared to be a straightforward and good idea, turned into suggestions from the Mayor’s Chair that is was tantamount to accusing staff of not working hard enough or not being on top of their game.


More Father Knows Best

January 23, 2018 - 5:01am Updated: January 23, 2018 - 9:34am

KAMLOOPS — Last week’s column on the perils of pot and how Father Knows Best, drew a number of responses but one in particular caught my eye. In this case, the reader felt City Hall was doing what the electorate wanted when he stated, “Jeez, maybe its (sic) because they were elected to do what there (sic) doing.”  

When it comes to city business bylaws, father knows best

January 16, 2018 - 5:00am Updated: January 16, 2018 - 6:47am

KAMLOOPS — Have you ever wondered if our local government is stuck in the late 1950s sitcom world of Father Knows Best? A world more familiar to their parents and grandparents and a make believe world where city hall would certainly feel comfortable imposing morality bylaws such as the recent cannabis business licensing affair.

Minimum wage as a business strategy keeps workers in poverty

January 9, 2018 - 5:00am Updated: January 9, 2018 - 7:04am

KAMLOOPS — With Ontario having increased the minimum wage to $14 and Alberta making similar changes, I thought it an appropriate time to write of what for some, is a belief in and acceptance of purposeful poverty. In this instance, I’m speaking of the use and acceptance of poverty as a tool for business success.

Let's get serious about jobs

January 2, 2018 - 6:41am

KAMLOOPS — With the arrival of the New Year and Ajax now relegated to the news highlight reels of 2017, I can think of no better time for Kamloops to start getting serious about jobs and meaningful employment.


However, let’s start afresh and stop with the poor-me comments that predict we’re all doomed to sling burgers at minimum wage.  Let’s also have an honest look at skill sets.


'Twas the night before Christmas... in Kamloops

December 19, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — With my apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, I give you my Kamloops version of his poem, The Night Before Christmas. And what better way to take you to Christmas Eve in Kamloops then to begin with that famous opening line…


'Twas the night before Christmas

And all through City Hall

Everyone was thinking

About the election next fall.


The stockings were hung by the chimney with hope

That more people this time

Would actually vote.


The voters themselves were nestled snug in their beds

Ya got trouble, right here in River City

December 12, 2017 - 5:00am Updated: December 12, 2017 - 9:48am

KAMLOOPS — As I watched last week’s city council meeting, I couldn’t help but think of the old Broadway play, Music Man. It’s a humorous musical about the arrival of a pool hall in conservative small-town America. The innocent and perhaps misguided townspeople are led to believe that this pool hall will be the corrupter of their children. In fact their idyllic town, which is coincidentally called River City, may not survive the resulting sin that is surely to arrive at their doorstep?

“Friend, either you’re closing your eyes

Nostalgic resource town mindset has Kamloops unprepared for future of employment

December 5, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — It’s difficult writing a column when you have to begin with these three words, “I was wrong”. But I was wrong, at least in my assumptions. Let me explain.

I have often spoken about economic development and in most instances intentionally not mentioned the three leading agencies in Kamloops: Venture Kamloops, Kamloops Innovation and Community Futures. By intentionally, I mean I didn’t think they were contributing much in the way of direct efforts, so why bother including them in the discussion? But I was wrong and not in a small way, at least as far as two of them go.