KAMLOOPS — For many of us, the death of Ryan Pinneo in January of 2016 was the first indication something was different. The young Kamloops man had died of a fentanyl overdose. There were reasons this was different, and those are some of the reasons people took notice. Pinneo had a supportive family and a bright future, not the stereotypical burnout street junkie we previously associated with overdose deaths.
KAMLOOPS — Among the 27 candidates, there were three winners in Saturday's by-election — but there could be a whole host of future winners in that bunch, too.
Ken Christian was always going to win the mayor's chair. For years he has been the city's most popular politician, regularly garnering more votes than anyone else running for any other civic office. Those voters certainly weren't going to turn against him in favour of lesser-experienced, lesser-known candidates.