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Where are we now?

December 31, 2010

Here’s my last post of 2010. Enjoy.

Check out this great series/feature/year-end wrap-up by Kamloops This Week:

Instead of just recapping the year’s most important stories, the paper updated them with “Where are they now”-style pieces. Actually, that’s the tag line for the stories.

I counted 11 stories in total, all which try to bring a new angle to something that happened earlier in the year. There’s an arts page, for which Dale Bass asked local entertainers what they’re up to now, an update by Tim Petruk on what the paper’s 2009 newsmaker has been doing (aside from not being president of the university), and two stories by Jeremy Deutsch on the stalled building plans for two very, very different venues–hint, one involves veils, the other bikinis.

Here’s the start of one unbylined article, which gives a sense of the direction of the pieces:

Months of outrage, protest and finger-pointing all came to ahead on a blustery March night, when the president of the Aboriginal Cogeneration Corporation (ACC)stepped into Kamloops for public forum at Thompson Rivers University.

Failing to sway the public’s disdain for a planned gasification project, only a few days later ACC president Kim Sigurdson said his company was abandoning its plans in Kamloops.

As the year draws to a close, there is little sign of the ACC in the city — and the public outrage has all but fizzled.

According to officials with the Ministry of Environment (MOE), the ACC is now looking at a site near Golden, by the Alberta-B.C. border, to set up its plant.


It’s a great idea and one that adds value, rather than just filling space. Of course, it also takes time so…yeah…


Lots of newspapers, including the aforementioned KTW, take a page from Time and crown their newsmaker of the year around this time. I like those stories but I love what the North Shore Outlook has done.

The Outlook spotlights a handful of people who have made change — changemakers, in other words — over the past year. And if most of the copy is borrowed from past papers, which it may or may not be, that doesn’t really matter. At this time of year — actually, at any time of year — it’s good to remind people that their New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to be about their weight.

Wow, that last line was sappy. Now, off to drink away 2010.

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