Umatilla Rock

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: November 1, 2016 4:48 pm

Umatiila Rock Trail is a giant fin-like monument in the middle of Grand Coulee below Dry Falls.   The trailhead starts in the Park.   It is possible to drive up the coulee on the road to Deep Lake, but we started right in the Dry Falls Campground, following a wetlands trail to the signed trailhead on the southwest corner of Umat …


Heated debates ignore an overheating planet

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: October 27, 2016 6:30 am

(Credit: Wikimedia Commons) Scientists worldwide accept that Earth is warming at an unusually rapid rate, that humans are primarily responsible, mainly by burning fossil fuels, and that the consequences for humanity will be disastrous if we don’t take immediate, widespread action. The U.S. Defense Department calls climate change a security risk “be …


The Challenges and Opportunities of Policing Kamloops…

by: Arjun Singh
Posted on: October 24, 2016 10:35 am

I have got a lot of time for the Superintendent of the RCMP’s Kamloops Detachment. Brad Mueller leads a strong RCMP team in one of the more complex policing environments we’ve seen for some time.   This year seems to be a challenging one in terms of increases in criminal activity. In the spring and summer, Kamloops council members …


Food security is important for humans and other animals

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: October 20, 2016 6:30 am

(Credit: Laura Thorne via Flickr) As leaves change colour and drop from trees, and a chill in the air signals the approach of winter, many of us are thinking of the fall harvest and hearty soups and dishes that will soon warm our bellies. Not everyone is lucky enough to enjoy such thoughts. About four million Canadians — including more than a mill …


We can’t dig our way out of the fossil fuels pit

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: October 13, 2016 6:30 am

(Credit: Delta Whiskey via Flickr) I’ve often thought politicians inhabit a parallel universe. Maybe it’s just widespread cognitive dissonance, coupled with a lack of imagination, that compels them to engage in so much contradictory behaviour. Trying to appease so many varying interests isn’t easy. Rather than focusing on short-term economic and co …


Confronting the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: October 6, 2016 6:30 am

(Credit: Howl Arts Collective via Flickr — Edited) In late September, Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook died tragically in Ottawa. Pootoogook was an award-winning illustrator from Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Her ink-and-crayon depictions of everyday life in the north — families sitting to eat a meal of seal meat or shopping at the Arctic co-op — rece …


UBCM 2016 – some key themes and takeways for me…

by: Arjun Singh
Posted on: October 4, 2016 11:08 pm

All photo credits: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ubcm        I feel like this might be the start of a few different posts about UBCM 2016, reporting back what I and Kamloops Council did there. The UBCM convention is alway packed with a lot of things. Here is the program for this year.    It’s always very hard to …


Carbon dioxide: Pollutant or plant food?

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: September 29, 2016 6:30 am

(Credit: Stephen Thomas via Flickr) Life evolved to live within limits. It’s a delicate balance. Humans need oxygen, but too much can kill us. Plants need nitrogen, but excess nitrogen harms them, and pollutes rivers, lakes and oceans. Ecosystems are complex. Our health and survival depend on intricate interactions that ensure we get the right amou …


Wild Pacific salmon face an upstream battle for survival

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: September 22, 2016 6:30 am

(Credit: Alaska Region U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service via Flickr) Salmon have been swimming in Pacific Northwest waters for at least seven million years, as indicated by fossils of large saber-tooth salmon found in the area. During that time, they’ve been a key species in intricate, interconnected coastal ecosystems, bringing nitrogen and other n …


Quick updates from Kamloops City Council today….

by: Arjun Singh
Posted on: September 13, 2016 10:26 pm

First City Council meeting in a month and we had a pretty action packed agenda. Here are some notable items:  After a presentation from Dr Silvina Mema and other officials from Interior Health, we supported the concept of a safe consumption site in Kamloops in principle. I think this “preliminary” endorsement  speaks to council’s understa …