One Man's Opinion

By: Doug Collins

Will Horgan comment hurt NDP in May election?

January 17, 2017 - 3:00pm

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops-North Thompson Liberal candidate Peter Milobar was quick to take advantage of a perceived gaffe by NDP leader John Horgan last week. Commenting on the mixed response to the approval of the project to twin the current Kinder Morgan pipeline from Alberta through B.C. to Burnaby, Horgan was quoted as saying, in effect, that Interior residents didn’t have the same perspective as those on the coast. Milobar jumped on the comment, suggesting the comment represented a “pat on the head” to Interior residents and was condescending.

Employers face headaches over parental leave changes

January 10, 2017 - 11:00am

KAMLOOPS — There are rumours the Liberal government is going to give serious consideration to implementing its campaign promise to extend parental leave from 12 to 18 months when children are born. It is a potential nightmare for employers trying to deal with replacing workers during those times. Coupled with extending leave is the possibility that parents could be allowed the opportunity to work periodically during that time. The whole scenario is problematic for a number of reasons.

2016: A year of momentous loss

January 8, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — I have seen so many surveys over the past couple of weeks asking viewers, readers and listeners, depending on your medium of choice what the biggest loss was in 2016. Certainly last year was a sadder year than normal when looking at influential people who passed away. Much has been made of all the entertainers who passed on, but I believe there are several who were not entertainers in the traditional sense of the word whose passing should be remembered. 

As Bill said, much ado about nothing

January 1, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — William Shakespeare was way ahead of his time. When he wrote one of his best comedies “Much Ado About Nothing” in the late 1500’s, he didn’t realize that the themes of the play would recur so many times throughout history. I find it playing itself out now as we see much ado about nothing when it comes to ethics, politics, conflict of interest and perception of what is right and wrong. We all know that perception of right and wrong is critical in politics, but we are getting to the point of the ridiculous.

Plight of the disenfranchised in 2016 will make headlines for years to come

December 27, 2016 - 11:00am

KAMLOOPS —  Every year at this time, we start to see items about the biggest stories of the year. In the world perspective, Donald Trump’s seemingly unlikely rise to the presidency has loomed above all else. I joke not when I say he might be the top news story for years to come depending on what he does.

In Canada, news editors have picked the Fort McMurray wildfire as the story of the year. That story had a big impact on people, industry, and the whole well-being of the country. No doubt huge.

It's time to think of those in need

December 25, 2016 - 5:00am Updated: December 25, 2016 - 8:49am

KAMLOOPS — Most of us who read this comment will be in pretty decent shape this Christmas. You will likely have a roof over your head, money at least to buy the basic necessities, and some form of income to keep your head above water.  And for that, you should consider ourselves blessed.