One Man's Opinion

By: Doug Collins

Talk about being over the top

December 6, 2016 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Nothing like a good environmental debate to get the juices flowing.

Last week, the federal government approved the Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion. It has sparked debate that has become so polarized, it’s absolutely ludicrous. Both sides of the debate have solid points, but they are so passionate, they often forget the realities of life, and the fact that nothing is perfect, and compromise is what democracy is all about.

The rights of children to be free from harm

December 4, 2016 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — I am very much in conflict over a case in Calgary where a mother has been charged with criminal negligence causing death because her son wasn’t given life-saving medication and died of a simple strep infection.

The boy was seven years old. He came down with an infection and died after being bedridden for 10 days.

The Crown says the boy’s death could have been prevented with simple medical attention. We can assume that, of course, but we will never know for sure.

The boy was given dandelion tea and oil of oregano - holistic home remedies that didn’t work.

People die as Ottawa sits on its hands

November 29, 2016 - 3:19pm

KAMLOOPS — Well, maybe it’s not quite as bad as that, but it’s pretty close. I cannot believe that we are not moving more quickly in dealing with the incidence of drug overdoses and deaths, particularly relating to the proliferation of fentanyl in the drug community. While overdose statistics are going through the roof, the federal  government still hasn’t declared a health emergency. The B.C. government is dealing with the problem quickly, but federal help is necessary to really apply the measures needed to combat the issue. Last week, B.C.

Peeling the onion on indigenous children

November 27, 2016 - 8:00am

KAMLOOPS — I used to have difficulty with the term “peeling the onion”. Maybe because my eyes tear up when I think about it. But it’s a very apropos saying when it comes to issues that have so many layers. And the deeper you dig, the tougher it becomes.

Such is the case of indigenous children in care. A new report from Grand Chief Ed John makes 85 recommendations on how to change the system; a system that has been long-broken, reminiscent of a broken-down wagon sitting in a rancher’s back yard. Not worth fixing. Out of sight, out of mind.

The Milobar Factor

November 22, 2016 - 5:00am

The title of this column looks almost like the title of a book. But there’s no question we now have “The Milobar Factor” in play as we lead up to next May’s provincial election. The Mayor is going to be under all sorts of scrutiny over the next few months, but as my colleague, the Armchair Mayor says, we need to cut him a bit of slack. First of all, he has done nothing wrong by seeking the Liberal nomination. Those who would accuse him of opportunism are blind to reality.

The fine line - progress versus preservation

November 20, 2016 - 6:00am

I have always considered myself to be an environmentalist.

I know that some who have followed me for 40 years of One Man’s Opinion might not get that, but I am.

Although I was born in Vancouver, I grew up in small towns. Terrace, Prince Rupert. Penticton when it was a pretty small place, and then here, and although Kamloops was not a small town when I came here, it has always been so close to so much of the great outdoors.

I travelled the coastal waters of Haida Gwaii, the forests of the Skeena watershed, and the beauty of places like Babine Lake.