Two & Out

By: James Peters

Ultra-rich raised $1 billion for the Notre Dame Cathedral with unsettling speed

April 18, 2019 - 5:43pm

THE TRAGEDY OF THE FIRE that damaged the Notre Dame Cathedral has touched the entire world.

Even those who have never visited the iconic landmark are expressing sadness that they will never get to see it in its historical form.

Since the Monday fire ravaged Notre Dame, the ultra-wealthy have stepped up with an urgency rarely seen in that stratosphere.

Stormy Daniels, key figure in American history, to visit Kamloops strip club

April 12, 2019 - 11:08am

KAMLOOPS HAS A HISTORY of punching above its weight when it comes to notoriety in B.C.

It's well-known in journalism circles that, if you're not working in the Lower Mainland, Kamloops is a prime location for news and newsmakers.

So it's in that context that we proudly become the only Canadian stop for Stephanie Clifford on her publicity tour.

Our biosolids, our business

April 5, 2019 - 10:42am Updated: April 5, 2019 - 11:23am

HUMANS HAVE NEVER BEEN especially good at dealing with our waste.

We like to do silly things with our garbage like toss it out the window of our cars for someone else to handle.

Just slightly better is our brilliant plan to collect our garbage in big mountains before burying it under a thin layer of topsoil, the perfect embodiment of "out of sight, out of mind".

Has a public institution ever been as out of touch as the B.C. Legislature?

March 29, 2019 - 10:47am Updated: March 29, 2019 - 11:26am

WHEN LEGISLATIVE SPEAKER Darryl Plecas outlined in his eponymous report instances of flagrant spending by entitled legislative officers earlier this year, the widespread conclusion was that it was clear the culture of the BC Legislature is out of touch with the expectations of the real world. 

Even if there weren't rules against the opulent spending on the taxpayers' dime, how could those officers possibly think their behaviour was reasonable or responsible? 

As it turns out, Plecas himself may be just as out of touch. 

Here's why the government's SNC-Lavalin controversy is so important

March 8, 2019 - 10:31am Updated: March 8, 2019 - 11:03am

MY 2019 PREDICTIONS COLUMN looks a little shaky now — especially that prediction that the Trudeau Liberals will return to power in the fall vote.

It might still happen, given the alternatives, but the SNC-Lavalin controversy is threatening to torpedo the Liberals' chances for re-election.

It's a big consequence, considering a few months ago, few of us knew who or what SNC-Lavalin was.

Interior Health should take responsibility for maternity snafu at Williams Lake hospital

March 1, 2019 - 12:33pm

FEWER AND FEWER PEOPLE are settling in the towns where they grew up nowadays.

And when they look for a place to live long term — maybe start a family — they will choose a community not only based on employment, but based on a wide variety of other factors.

One of those most definitely is access to basic health care, such as maternity care.

We need to take a new approach to the drug trade before more bystanders die

February 22, 2019 - 12:30pm

ALMOST EXACTLY A MONTH AGO, we asked in this space why we can't have a nice, peaceful drug trade.

This was just a few days after a double homicide RCMP told us was related to the drug subculture.

The reaction was swift and dismissive from many in the public sphere: "It's just rats killing rats. Who cares?"

...with a couple of extra epithets thrown in for additional dehumanization.