Daniela Ginta, Freelance Writer

Gratitude makes the journey better and so does kindness

Weekly column (last week’s): We need to eliminate the stigma and punish the dealers

Originally published as a column on CFJC Today Kamloops and Armchair Mayor News on Monday June 22, 2020.

A parent’s worst nightmare is without a doubt the death of their child. More so when the death was preventable.

My eldest mentioned on Friday a teenager in Kamloops had suffered a fatal overdose and like every parent out there, I hoped it was just rumours. There was nothing in the news because as we all know, news on social media travels a lot faster.

Sadly, the rumours turned out to be true. A family in Kamloops is living that worst nightmare right now.

Weekly column: Why we need to reconsider pet ownership

Originally published as a column on CFJC Today Kamloops and Armchair Mayor News on June 29, 2020.

Snakes near playgrounds, dead dogs on airplanes, horrendous puppy mills, exotic pets that should never be owned by anyone other than Mother Nature – welcome to the dark side of pet ownership.

The latest story was the snake spotted in Coquitlam near a playground a few days ago. Luckily, no one was hurt and the snake was apprehended.

That’s not always the case with escaped exotic pets.

Weekly column: Let’s stop being bystanders to domestic abuse

Originally published as a column on CFJC Today Kamloops and Armchair Mayor News on June 8, 2020.

I was planning to make this column about the often-forgotten pandemic which is the logging of B.C.’s old growth forests but on Saturday morning I came across a story that made me postpone my topic until next time.

Last week, John Quesnel, a resident of Salt Spring Island, ambushed and killed his recently estranged wife, Jennifer Quesnel.  A week before, she had finally decided to leave him him after 18 years of ‘controlling and abusive behaviour’ according to a statement released by her family.

Weekly column: Thank you to the military and let’s restore old-age dignity

Originally published as a column on CFJC Today Kamloops and Armchair Mayor News on Monday, June 1, 2020.

When I think of ‘aging gracefully’, it is not the wrinkle-free skin and perpetual youthfulness that come to mind but living independently and enjoying every day until the final goodbye.

Growing up, I got to see that a lot. Many of the elderly I knew lived on their own managing the best they could and getting occasional help from family, and some moved in with their loved ones when they became too frail.

I lost my grandparents at a young age, but we had many elderly neighbours who were part of our lives.  

Weekly Column: If you love green spaces, please do it right

Originally published as a column on CFJC Today Kamloops and Armchair Mayor News on May 25, 2020.

It’s not every day that you see someone in a municipal park hacking away at Saskatoon bushes with a chainsaw. You think you saw everything until you see that. On any given Saturday morning people come to Peterson Creek Park without a chainsaw, unless of course, they are city employees and they need to attend to some issues in the said park.

Weekly Column: This is a good time to reconsider our food production and processing

Originally published as a column on CFJC News Kamloops and Armchair Mayor News on Monday, May 19, 2020.

A couple of weeks ago I went to pick up an order from the local Bulk Barn store. They are the revolutionary ‘bring your (any) container to refill’ buy-in-bulk business, but of course now the reusable container option is out the window so we’re back to single use plastic bags, which you can bundle together and take to recycling outlets, such as London Drugs.

It is still a good option for bulk staples. You order online and the next day you pick up your order at the door, card ready. Two weeks ago, while doing just that, I noticed a line-up at the fast food place across the parking lot.

Weekly column: One step at the time – Reminders of hope and resilience

Originally published as a column on CFJC Today Kamloops and Armchair Mayor News on Monday May 11, 2020.

When I grow old and wise, and if I ever get to be 101 years old, that is, I want to be like John Hillman. You may have seen the news about this gentleman, but if you haven’t, well, this story will warm your heart in a special way.

Mr. John Hillman is a veteran, British-born and Canadian by marriage, decorated with four World War II Campaign medals, including the Burma Star, and presently a resident of the retirement home Carlton House in Oak Bay on Vancouver Island. You can read about his life and outstanding service here. Mere sentences in that abridged biographical note can easily become entire chapters in a book.

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