One Man's Opinion

By: Doug Collins

A Liberal Speaker- who would have thunk it

September 8, 2017 - 11:37am Updated: September 9, 2017 - 8:28am

KAMLOOPS — The election of B.C. Liberal MLA Darryl Plecas as Speaker of the Legislature Friday was interesting on so many fronts. First of all, it certainly got around the NDP/Green coalition problem of how to govern if one of their members had to sit as Speaker. It certainly was a surprise to many after Plecas, said many times previously he didn’t think it would be appropriate and in fact would be disrespectful to his constituents if a Liberal was Speaker in an NDP government. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver stated that Plecas was known for his ethics and high moral standards.

Future of Westsyde Pool now in the hands of residents

September 8, 2017 - 11:09am Updated: September 10, 2017 - 9:12am

KAMLOOPS — Despite the recommendations of several in the City Hall hierarchy, Council voted over two years ago to shut down the Westsyde Pool, refurbish it with a new roof, a new aquatic climbing wall that would be the envy of many pools in the country, and keep the residents of Westsyde happy. Now we will see if  Westsyde residents justify the City Council’s faith in their word that they will support the facility.

If not, the residents of Westsyde will have cost the taxpayers a lot of money, and prevented a brand new facility being built somewhere else on the North Shore.

What were they thinking?

September 1, 2017 - 8:07am

KAMLOOPS — I often question how decisions are made regarding the design of intersections in the city. Especially where they involve properties that are in a difficult spot. It is not easy to resolve. I remember years ago, Councillor (then) John O’Fee commenting on a development with words to the effect (loose paraphrase cause I’m getting old and my memory is not that good) that you just couldn’t shut a property owner down from developing his property, and he had a right to be able to do business. I agreed with the principle and still do.

You sure can't please everyone

August 18, 2017 - 8:08am

KAMLOOPS — The  City of Kamloops put out a news release this week, giving people the latest on the Elephant Hill The wildfire which is slowly creeping towards Kamloops. The idea of the release was to tell people that while alerts were issued for areas relatively close to Kamloops, the blaze was still 40-odd kilometers away. At the same time, Fire Chief Mike Adams was telling people that things can change quickly, and not to get complacent.

Some people always take the time to care

August 11, 2017 - 9:36am

KAMLOOPS — Some people care about people. They are just built to put you in a position where you feel good about talking to them, and they always seem to respond no matter how busy they are.

I am fortunate to know a number of those people. People who call out of the blue to see how you’re doing, suggest going out for a coffee, or just having a quick chat.

Is this Todd's time?

July 31, 2017 - 10:21am Updated: August 1, 2017 - 7:06am

KAMLOOPS — He was probably hoping he didn’t have to make the decision quite this early. Todd Stone will decide soon whether or not he will seek the leadership of the B.C. Liberal Party.