Kamloops This Week reporter Jessica Wallace more than deserves the Webster Award for Community Reporting she received in November.
Given her investigation of excessive spending at the Thompson-Nicola Regional District under former CAO Sukh Gill, the collective conscience of the TNRD directors and the public outcry should result in the voluntary — or otherwise — resignation of the entire present slate of officials.
How can chair Ken Gillis claim innocence by stating he didn’t see they were crossing any legal line? What about the morality of the theft of taxpayer funds? Why does Gillis fully support an audit that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars when KTW has already provided, at no cost, undeniable proof of wrongdoing with many supporting details?
Meanwhile, in the Dec. 8 edition of KTW, Wallace had another in-depth article published, this time on an entirely different, but even more important, issue.
She shed light on the almost criminal deficiencies of our health-care system, most notably at Royal Inland Hospital, to the extent that a patient chose medical assistant in dying as a response to hospital-induced extreme health decline.
Surely the attention that Wallace has brought to this local matter of life and death should evoke a public response at least equal to that generated by her exposure of the spending at the regional district under Gill.