Kamloops worker goes on strike, asks Burnaby to do the same

COVID-19 has hit the British Columbia economy hard, and business owners are calling for employees to get back to work. But not all workers are so eager. In Kamloops, an appliance repair company, engulfed with too much business to handle as quarantining home-sitters wish to fix their kitchen appliances, is struggling to get technicians to work. We feel people on both sides of the equation can understand the opposite point of view.

Our Kamloops worker has refused to go back to work, because he lives with his grandparents and doesn’t want to risk giving them the corona virus. He has done all he can to quarantine thus far and doesn’t want to sully his efforts now, not when “BC is so close to winning this fight for good.”

Nevertheless, the company that says they offer the best appliance repair Kamloops BC can provide, seeing themselves on the brink of bankruptcy, is threatening to fire our worker if he doesn’t come to work by Monday.

In an interview with the worker who wishes to remain anonymous, he said “Burnaby and the rest of British Columbia where the corona virus has hit hard should take all the sacrifices they need to keep the Province in lock-down for just another few months.”

Our worker is willing to sacrifice his job, and he’s asking “are you?” Not everyone is, especially when there’s a multitude of people working in “essential businesses” that don’t have to.

We here at the Burnaby Community Blog agree with said worker. And we ask everyone who doesn’t to do their research. Ask yourself, what’s better? Opening the economy now and risking a second wave or waiting another few months and drastically reducing the risk of a second wave?

We hope you make the right decision, and here’s a video to help:


“British Columbia Fever”: Full Definition

I’m not one to coin terms, but ever since I started saying “British Columbia fever” some time ago I’ve noticed all my friends using it. Now, a lot of people use it from North Vancouver to Kamloops and when I decided to get serious about blogging again I knew this would be the first thing I talked about. Sorry for the long wait, but here’s the definition proper for everyone who has been using the term erroneously.

British Columbia fever (BC fever) is not a feeling you get when you’ve been away from home for long. It’s also not a feeling you can use to describe a feeling of being a BC citizen to foreigners. It’s a very special term that only people who’ve lived and grown up in BC can understand.

Perhaps (I wouldn’t be surprised if so) other places around the world have similar terms to describe their geography. But, for people who have lived here, do you know that feeling when winter is just ending and the sun starts to come out? All the flowers bloom and summer’s on the horizon? The forests call for us to enter, the lakes scream our names, and the beautiful nature of this land we live in enjoys our company. Do you remember how that feels? We’ve never left, yet we’ve waited so long to be here. As if British Columbia was asleep in the winter, it wakes up to party come spring.

That feeling you get when winter shifts to spring and you just feel like going outside and trying something new is the British Columbia fever, and there’s no other word in the English language to describe how great it feels. It feels so great, not even a beautiful poem can compare.

That’s the BC fever!