Time for some yays and boos

Yays to Chief Ann Louie for calling attention to the racism that is creeping around in the Cariboo Chilcotin.

Yays:

• To Chief Ann Louie for calling attention to the racism that is creeping around in the Cariboo Chilcotin.

• To city Coun. Danica Hughes and the organizers of the city’s 85th birthday party. It was great to see families involved, and that the nasty turn of Cariboo weather didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm.

• To the High School Rodeo participants who didn’t let the snowy Stampede grounds    daunt them.

• To the  people — many of them young’uns —  who brighten the day of others with little acts of kindness — lending a helping hand (like holding a door open), giving up a spot in a line-up, or even just making eye contact and smiling.

Boos:

• To energy giant Kinder Morgan officials for suggesting oil spills could be a good thing economically because the clean-up would employ many workers. The company doesn’t say who would pay the workers.

• The provincial government’s plan to have trades training in the schools should deserve a great big yay, but not when it takes money away from other programs.

We need some roses along with the bread.

(Question: what is the difference between a trade and a profession? It takes years to train a dentist, it also take years to train a millwright. Both work with their hands. Why is one a trade and one a profession?)

• To  Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the King of Ad Hominem (if you don’t like what someone says, smear them.)

This may be okay when the target is a political foe but attacking academics, environmentalists, government-appointed watchdogs, and anyone else who dares to offer legitimate advice or challenges a government position is a bit much.

An extra big boo for dissing Supreme Court Justice Beverly Mclachlin.

Diana French is a freelance columnist for the Tribune. She is a former Tribune editor, retired teacher, historian, and book author.

Just Posted

The first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine dose in Canada is prepared at The Michener Institute in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
One death, 39 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

There are 484 active cases of the virus in the region currently

Central Mountain Air confirmed it does not plan to resume service to Williams Lake at this time. (Betsy Kline photo)
Central Mountain Air not resuming route to Williams Lake at this time

Scheduled CMA flights will return to Quesnel at the end of June

Gibraltar Mine has started calling back 34 workers laid off on April 27 because it has received its permit to reactive the Gibraltar East Pit. (Taseko Mines Ltd. photo)
Gibraltar Mine receives permit, calling back laid off employees

Mining has begun in the Gibraltar East pit

(RCMP logo)
RCMP investigating early morning assault in Williams Lake

An insecure firearm was located in a residence

Williams Lake City Council rejected a proposal Tuesday at its regular meeting for the city to host a junior A hockey team for the upcoming 2021/22 season. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Council rejects junior A hockey bid in Williams Lake

The proposal has been up for debate the past several months

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains in the B.C. legislature, May 13, 2019. (Hansard TV)
VIDEO: B.C. to provide 3 days of sick pay for COVID-19 absences

Province will support employers on cost, labour minister says

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Eby jabs back against Penticton mayor’s ad urging BC Premier to intervene in shelter dispute

Eby writes that Penticton’s ‘serious’ social issues won’t improve under leadership of the mayor

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 rate creeps up again, 600 new cases Wednesday

One more death, 423 people in hospital with virus

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham takes questions in the B.C. legislature in 2017. (Hansard TV)
UPDATE: B.C. will fund another year of fresh fruit, vegetables, milk in schools

John Horgan government working on school meal program

Surrey RCMP is releasing sketches of a suspect in an “indecent act” at the Coyote Creek Elementary playground on April 30, 2021. Police said the suspect was clean-shaven “during some interactions” and on “other occasions had stubble outlining a goatee and mustache.” (Images: Surrey RCMP handout)
Vancouver mayor-elect Kennedy Stewart addresses supporters in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver mayor says there’s no time to redo details of drug decriminalization plan

Kennedy Stewart says a federal election could see the small window of opportunity close on the city’s bid for an exemption from criminal provisions on simple possession of small amounts of drugs

Premier Mike Horgan received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Facebook/John Horgan)
More than 50% of people eligible in B.C. have received 1st vaccine dose

‘We’ve made extraordinary progress together over the past few weeks,’ says Premier Horgan

Most Read