Two & Out

By: James Peters

Backups are essential for critical infrastructure

March 10, 2017 - 5:00pm

KAMLOOPS — There's a good reason a power problem at the Kamloops water treatment plant this week caused such panic. 

The issue knocked the treatment component of the centre's operations offline.

Later, we found out that meant the plant wouldn't have even been able to pump untreated water to the rest of the city.

If residents don't have water, there's little they can do to carry on as normal. 

We don't know what 'vibrant' means, but we know we want it

March 3, 2017 - 3:30pm

KAMLOOPS — As Value Village confirms its impending move away from Seymour Street and into Sahali Mall, the debate around the downtown has been reignited. 

The debate flares up from time to time, though it's kind of strange that this time, it has cropped up thanks to the move of a store that sells second hand underwear. 

Every time anyone discusses a downtown in any city in the world, you can bet it will revolve around the word 'vibrant.' 

This is a word that has so many meanings to so many people that it has evolved into something utterly meaningless to anyone. 

City services aren't bad, but they shouldn't go backward

February 24, 2017 - 4:00pm

KAMLOOPS — We're not special, Kamloops.

Well, of course we are, but not when it comes to the constant cacophony of complaints about day-to-day maladies coming from the mouths of residents of the city.

Spend any amount of time in any other Canadian city and you will quickly realize that Kamloops drivers, for example, are no worse than the norm.

Anti-Islamophobia motion unleashes hysteria among Conservative base

February 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

KAMLOOPS — Debate in Ottawa reached a fever pitch as the week drew to a close. It's bound to do that on wedge issues, as this one is, but rarely when it comes to issues that will have no measurable impact. Liberal MP Iqra Khalid has proposed motion that would see MPs recognize that Islamophobia is increasing, and would condemn racism and discrimination. That seems to most to be well-meaning and inclusive, in a way government should be in 2017.

A possible solution to the spring break conundrum

February 10, 2017 - 3:00pm

KAMLOOPS — The spring break debate in the Kamloops-Thompson school district is one of pure self-interest on the part of everyone involved.

The district has vacillated between a two-week break, as is the case in most of the province, or a one-week break, as was the case in Kamloops from time immemorial.

Teachers are looking for two weeks, because who wouldn't want an extra week off?

Unfortunately, as much as teachers do wonderful, valuable work, it's hard to see why they might need another week on top of the time outside of the classroom already afforded.

Trump threatens freedoms he claims to protect

February 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

KAMLOOPS — It seems silly, even borderline ridiculous that a week ago at this time, we were talking about the definition of art. 

Since then, all hell has broken loose. 

First, President Trump signed an executive order throwing the United States refugee and immigration system into disarray. 

And then the horrific terrorist attack in Quebec that took six lives from their place of ultimate security - their sanctuary. 

The ham-fisted incompetence in which Trump rolled out the ban on travel to the United States was utterly laughable.

Even if unsettling, KAG exhibit meets the definition of art

January 26, 2017 - 6:30pm

KAMLOOPS — The Armchair Mayor says the 'Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape' exhibit currently on display at the Kamloops Art Gallery amounts to little more than porn, not art.

He also dismisses any potential debates about the definition of art.

But if we are to take the Armchair Mayor's comment seriously, then we must discuss the definitions of both art and pornography.

Douglas Lake fight could have major implications

January 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

KAMLOOPS — The radio host Paul Harvey used to have a feature called "This day's news of most lasting significance."

It was always about some under-reported story that would loom much larger in the future than it was during that days news run.

This week's news of most lasting significance here in the Kamloops area may well be the start of a civil trial decades in the making.

It pits the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club, a plucky crew of local outdoors enthusiasts, against the Douglas Lake Cattle Company.