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KNOX — Taxpayers on the hook for costs

August
2
,
2015
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Former Kamloopsian Jack Knox writes for the Times Colonist in Victoria, where they know a thing or two about politics. IT'S NOT just the extra $60 million being scooped straight out of taxpayers’ wallets. Really, we can handle that....

ROTHENBURGER - Smarten up and read this

August
1
,
2015
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PEOPLE ARE always giving me things to read. I think they have high hopes that if I read enough I’ll smarten up. Christopher Seguin, the VP Advancement at TRU, handed me an article recently about student debt, because I’m always...

Answer Man — How much Roundup in parks?

August
1
,
2015
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In total, the City uses about 70 litres of Roundup annually. That’s still a small amount for a municipality well endowed with parks and public greenery. ...

The cruel death of Cecil the lion

July
31
,
2015
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The killing of Cecil the lion was wrong on so many counts it’s hard to know where to start. Cecil, of course, is the famous lion wounded with an arrow from the bow of now-infamous American dentist and big-game hunter Walter Palmer, and finished off with a rifle two days later. ...

GINTA — Why every vote counts

July
31
,
2015
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A COUPLE of weeks ago Canadians living abroad woke up to sobering news: those who have lived abroad for more than five years do not have the right to vote in Canada anymore. The reason, according to the Ontario Court of Appeal, is that...

KNOX — What disappearing glaciers are saying

July
25
,
2015
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It’s no secret there's a problem high in the mountains. We’re not just suffering through a lack of rain these days. Much of the coast is also feeling the lack of the snowpack that it usually relies on to top up the water supply in the dry months. ...

ROTHENBURGER — Asking for anti-Ajax letters isn't the same thing as actually getting them

July
25
,
2015
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Reading up on Ajax is no walk in the park. How anyone is going to decipher thousands of pages of stuff once KGHM submits its environmental assessment application is beyond me. The City is going to decide next week whether to spend $300,000 to hire an expert to study the application, and may ask KGHM to help with the bill. ...

GINTA — Why we need an honour system

July
24
,
2015
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I love driving, but it was during a drive from Vancouver to Kamloops a couple of months ago that I felt uncomfortable on the road and fearful. A semi, as big and roaring as semis can be, was tailgating. Kind of a bullying situation in the school yard but with cars.    ...

Just say no to pesticides

June
26
,
2015
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Below are just some of the important reasons Kamloops new pesticide ban should be adopted. UBC, School of Population and Public Health wrote a letter to the B.C. Members of the Legislative Assembly. It stated, ” I am writing in support of...

ROTHENBURGER — Canadians should know

June
26
,
2015
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EACH YEAR, in the days leading up to Canada Day, I take the time for some personal reflection about my country. Many years, I am fair bursting with pride at the things we have accomplished, the products we've invented, the people who have done great things for the world. There continue to be many things that make Canada special.   ...