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Weekly column: Why we need to continue to tak about racism

Originally published as a column on CFJC Today Kamloops and Armchair Mayor News on January 11, 2021.

We ended the previous year with a big sigh and dutifully wished each other a better 2021. Life coaches out there will tell you that positive thinking will get things done, yet sometimes it become evident that there’s more to it than just well wishing.

It’s merely been 11 days and we’ve been seeing some wild things unfolding, and it’s far from over.

Weekly Column: Be the better and safer human this holiday season

Originally published as a column on CFJC Today Kamloops and Armchair Mayor News on Monday, December 21, 2020.

During the first two weekends of December, the Kamloops RCMP took 17 impaired drivers off the road. That’s 17 potential disasters waiting to happen which were averted. It’d be silly to think they were the only ones; these were the ones that got caught.

At the same time, it’s impossible not to shudder when you read stories of people whose lives have been forever changed due to someone else’s drunk driving. Those who are still around to tell the story, that is. According to ICBC stats, 67 people are killed on average in British Columbia due to impaired driving. Across Canada, four people are killed daily because someone chooses to drink or use drugs and then drive.

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: People in Kamloops care and that means everything right now

Originally published as a column on CFJC Today Kamloops and Armchair Mayor News on Monday March 30, 2020.

It was almost three weeks ago that I last saw Jessie Simpson, my every Sunday afternoon buddy. We parted with him asking ‘What are we going to do next week when you come?’ and I answered, ‘We’ll find something fun.’

A few days later, just like that, the world that contains him and the other vulnerable people in that long-term care facility closed its doors. Then everything happened faster than anyone could predict and here we are, all hunkered at home and wondering what’s next.

Weekly column: No, we are not making too much of it

Originally published as a column on CFJC Today Kamloops and Armchair Mayor News on Monday, March 23, 2020.

The verbs du jour alternate between ‘social distancing’ and ‘self-isolating’, but in order to remove the negative connotations of the first, we are advised to call it ‘physical distancing’. Because we are, in many ways, closer than ever. Whatever you call it, please make sure you abide. Which brings me to the question that pops up a lot in social media circles: are we making too much of it?

Short answer: no.

Weekly column: Everyone must do their part to help flatten the curve

Originally published as a column on CFJC Today Kamloops and Armchair Mayor News on Monday March 16, 2020.

It happened two days ago in a local store: the person in front of me bought $300 worth of hand sanitizer.

Here we are, increasingly engulfed by the reality that is the COVID-19 pandemic. It is happening and it’s getting closer. Some store shelves are empty – the mysterious case of toilet paper stockpiling is still ongoing, and the shortage of sanitizing products is troubling.

Weekly column: Nice hashtag, but are we going to keep talking about mental health?

Originally published as a column on CFJC Today Kamloops and Armchair Mayor News on Monday, February 3, 2020.

I have a hard time peeling myself away from the book I am reading to focus on this column. The book is called From the Ashes, and it is written by Jesse Thistle, presently an assistant professor of Metis Studies at York University in Toronto. The path that led him to where he is today though… OK, I will not spoil it for you. I am three quarters done and have shaken my head and winced more times than I could count since I started reading it. I had heard him sharing his story on the radio a couple of years ago while driving with my eldest to Harper Mountain. I wished then he’d write about it. He did.

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