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Roundup – Cleaning out the plumbing edition

December 13, 2010


Keremeos Review reporter Steve Arstad is the latest to use a story on how many drinks it takes to get to .05 as a pretense to get drunk for work. I kid, I kid. But Keremeos’s mayor did out-drink Arstad under the table so there is some ‘splaining to do.

Based on the results, it would appear that I have been over reacting to the new laws, having a blood alcohol level slightly less than half of .05 after one drink. However, two 20 ounce drafts put me over .05 – with the recently recalibrated breathalyzers, ( to .06) I’m still legal, but I think I’d want to cool the quaffing at this point.

Notice the mayor seems to be a little better than the reporter at handling his alcohol at this point.


I like this Nelson Star headline: “Police concerned about creep in van.” When a guy is driving around asking woman who are alone if they want to have sex in his van, why not call a spade a spade? (Shockingly, all the woman turned down the man’s charming advances).

I didn’t quite know that it was possible for one worker at a two-person workplace to unionize. But Penticton Herald freelancer Joe Fries reports it is.

Penticton‘s newest – and likely smallest – shop was certified Dec. 2 by the Labour Relations Board as CUPE Local 5036.

The lone member at present is secretary Emma Jones, who earlier this week was laid off for the season. She said talk of unionizing began in the spring shortly after the new volunteer board of directors was installed.

“They just were not taking care of business for their employees,” Jones explained.

The boat‘s only other employee, artistic and managing director Glen Cairns, was denied in his bid to join the union. His contract was not renewed at the end of November and he could not be reached for comment.


Kamloops Daily News editor Mel Rothenburger pens a column about his experience in having a tiny TV camera floating through his body, and finding out later that the health authority’s endoscopy equipment has had a “cleanliness issue.” Definitely worth a read.

A letter of assurance has been mailed out to patients who have had endoscopic procedures during the period in question, and they’re also being advised through the media to call the IHA’s information line if they have questions.

Which is what I did yesterday, where I left a voice message and never heard back. So, without the letter, and no phone call, I’m left to ponder the chances of being struck by lightning or by a life-threatening infection from the health authority.

The difference between the two is that nobody sends out letters telling you not to worry about being struck by lightning, so we don’t all go around thinking about it. Now that I know about the IHA’s latest “dirty tools” problem I am, of course, thinking about it.


Elsewhere in Kamloops, Kamloops This Week’s Jeremy Deutsch takes on those who get up in arms whenever someone blasphemously omits the word “Christmas” from their December plans. If someone doesn’t want to call it Christmas, then so be it, says Deutsch. The same goes for if they do call it as such. Just get over it.

And elsewhere in Kamloops This Week, reporter Tim Petruk talks to a family still searching for the person or people who beat to death a 64-year-old man in 2007. Petruk sets the story up nicely with a humanizing story about the victim before getting to the gist of the matter.

For Flo, the situation is frustrating.

“It’s like that old saying — ‘Just another Indian,’” she said.

“They say, ‘Just another drunk.’ But, if it was a white person who was laying out there, there would be headlines and there would be rewards.”

Flo, Shirley and Lorna will readily admit Louis had his struggles with alcohol — “He liked to have his drinks,” Lorna said — and he did have a criminal record, but, they say, there’s much more to him than that.

The women describe Louis as a band elder with a huge heart who was loved by friends and family.


Alex Cooper of the Revelstoke Times-Review (which is making an early case for the Journo-Lust Puny Paper of the Year Award) covers one of those events that you go to and come away telling your editor “Lamest. ______. Ever.” And the story, about a debate over extending shopping hours during the Holiday — I mean, Christmas — season, is interesting. Retailers say it has to be done collectively for it to work. But even when it is done, nobody comes out shopping, it seems. At least not yet.

Finally, for some reason a column by Stockwell Day about the WikiLeaks controversy is filed under the Summerland Review’s sports section. Unless Day wrote the column while riding a jetski, that’s probably misplaced.

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Photo by Doug Bowman via Flickr


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We’re making inroads into our census of B.C. community newspapers, but there are still a lot of blanks in the Journo-lust Spreadsheet. So far we’ve counted 59 community newspaper journalists in the province. And there are many more out there.

  1. December 14, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    A puny paper is neither a bad nor a good thing. It simply is a thing — one with, oh, I’d say two or fewer journalists on staff. If you can have a newsroom team building session that features rock, paper, scissors, you’re at a puny paper. Luckily, you’re at a good puny paper.

    I’ve gone to those events that sound good, but turn out to be boring and have come away with much, much, much less — I’m thinking of a publicized group protest earlier this year with a total of two protesters.

  2. December 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Puny paper of the year? Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

    For the record, the retail hours story was my pitch and I have written much, much lamer stories.

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