Weekly Commentary

Good news from far away

Jan 11, 2010 / 11:52 am

Sentenced to die in a foreign land. Under their rules. Not a good scenario. I won""t get into more details. Suffice to say the young man with Canadian...

Around our town(s)

Jan 4, 2010 / 11:36 am

Congratulations Duncan Keith! Hey, it""s not that we were without exciting items to talk about related to the Olympics, but our own hockey star from Penticton...

The security challenge

Dec 28, 2009 / 2:18 pm

As more information continues to come out about the nearly disastrous Delta Airlines flight, one thing is certain - security at all airports will be tighter and...

Generals and shopping generally

Dec 21, 2009 / 10:11 am

General Stanley McChrystal is now the Commander of US Operations in Afghanistan. He is credited with the turnaround of the campaign in Iraq. He was also the...

""Detaining"" terrorists

Dec 14, 2009 / 5:00 am

Usually I like to update you on the things I""m hearing around the constituency. How about something I""m not hearing? As we who live in the gorgeous...

Trading places

Dec 7, 2009 / 10:23 am

I""ve been with the Prime Minister this week on his Asian trade mission. Here""s a quick overview for you. Geneva: Before joining the PM I took part in the WTO...

Hope for Clifford Olsen?

Dec 2, 2009 / 5:00 am

Hope for Clifford Olsen? Hope is the oxygen of the human soul. Without it, life can be unbearable. With it, the worst heartbreaks and the most excruciating...

Postcards from Mumbai

Nov 23, 2009 / 10:27 am

What can a mega city of over twenty million people possibly have in common with mini ""cities"" like Peachland, Merritt or any other of the dream towns right in...

The kids were everywhere

Nov 16, 2009 / 2:00 pm

The saddest scene I saw all week involved a few thousand kids. The happiest scene I saw all week also involved a whole lot of kids. Is there any chance the sad...

Worth remembering

Nov 9, 2009 / 3:30 pm

The explosion of gunfire left my ears ringing. The smell of gunpowder left my nostrils stinging. The sound of soldiers"" boots behind me pushed me on. My heart...

With glowing hearts

Nov 2, 2009 / 12:26 pm

With glowing hearts...that""s the official Olympic theme from the Vancouver Olympic team. Even for the unemotional types it was hard not to feel a bit of...

What""s in a name?

Oct 27, 2009 / 5:00 am

‘Swine’, that name down through the centuries has not always enjoyed a happy connotation. Now, attaching it to a type of flu has not exactly enhanced its...

Students, staff and Texans

Oct 20, 2009 / 10:35 am

Ever wonder how your tax dollars are at work on local post secondary campuses? I had two responses to that question last week. First was a meeting with...

Dollar is up, common sense down

Oct 14, 2009 / 8:54 am

Good news on the job front for the second month in a row. Over thirty thousand new entrants into the workforce found work, most of it full time. That doesn""t...

A tale of more than two cities

Oct 5, 2009 / 10:58 am

Ever wonder if people in Quebec""s towns and cities are radically different from those in BC? Okay, okay, I won""t be naïve. On the really big issues of life,...

Wise, surprise and super size

Sep 28, 2009 / 11:50 am

Three areas to cover in this week""s report. First, a few weeks ago, the world bore witness to a spectacle which was as nauseating as it was despicable. The...


Sep 21, 2009 / 11:47 am

What election? Last Thursday morning, twenty-four hours before the vote that was supposed to sink the ship of state, the guessing game was in full swing. Would...

Life and lemons

Sep 14, 2009 / 12:41 pm

So you""ve heard the saying, “When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade”. Well there""s a tough bunch of lumber and saw mill types down in Okanagan Falls...

Want an election?

Sep 8, 2009 / 8:34 am

Want An Election? I""m serious. If you want to see the country plunged into another federal election less than a year from the last one then I need to hear from...

Unelected Senate

Aug 31, 2009 / 12:50 pm

Trivia Question: How many democratic countries around the world have an unelected Senate? Answer. Hardly any. How did this happen? How does Canada wind up with...