Two & Out

By: James Peters

Why do smokers get to litter?

July 7, 2017 - 4:30pm

KAMLOOPS — There are many, many things in the world to make a reasonable person angry these days. 

The list seems to be getting longer every week, with white supremacists taking top spot to kick off July.

But nothing is so infuriating, so viscerally maddening as a cigarette butt tossed aside in an act of wanton carelessness. 

Keeping bylaw officers unarmed best choice in the long run

June 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

KAMLOOPS — The City of Kamloops is overhauling its bylaw department to make it a kinder, gentler group of professionals dedicated to implementing and enforcing the rules city council sets in stone. 

It's renaming the department to remove the word 'enforcement,' in an attempt to reflect that enforcement should be the last step in dealing with an issue of non-compliance. 

While BC parents save their pennies, Alberta government funds playgrounds

June 10, 2017 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Finally, a government appears to understand something about what a young child needs when he or she goes to school. 

It's not just about smaller classes and adequate teaching resources. 

The Alberta government announced last week that it will spend $20 million over the next four years on playgrounds. 

Greens choose pragmatism over principle in deal with NDP

June 2, 2017 - 4:00pm

KAMLOOPS — The Green Party, whether here in BC or in other jurisdictions across Canada, has made its name first on its commitment to the environment, and second on its refusal to compromise on matters of principle. 

It has stood resolute despite repeated overtures from the BC Liberals and NDP, who have watched with a mixture of envy and trepidation as the Green Party gains support and momentum, election after election. 

Spina's revelation changes everything

May 19, 2017 - 5:00pm

KAMLOOPS — Last week in this space, I argued against holding a by-election to fill the mayor's spot on Kamloops council.

But things have changed significantly since then, and there is now good reason for everyone to re-evaluate.

In a show of courage and grace, Marg Spina returned to the public council table to inform her colleagues she intends to resign.

Spina said the weight of being absent from her duties while she undergoes treatment was too much for her to bear any longer.