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iN VIDEO: Production company points out the 'ridiculous' at Kamloops city hall

Cam El is a character in The Last Straw, a video created by Mastermind Studios in Kamloops.
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A video production company in Kamloops released a comedic video about the ongoing conflicts among local politicians earlier this week, with commentary delivered by a talking puppet.

Mastermind Studios has a history of producing in-depth content on current community issues, but it’s the first time owner Peter Cameron-Inglis has taken a comical approach on local politics.

“I’m seeing polarization and a breakdown in communication in Kamloops and it seems to be getting worse,” Cameron-Inglis said. “We’re pointing out the ridiculous to get people chuckling, engaged and hopefully moving toward solutions instead of more problems.”

Kamloops city council chambers has been rife with conflict since Mayor Reid Hamer Jackson was elected in October, 2022. Most recently, city council voted to bar the mayor from closed meetings for the next year.

The Last Straw stars a camel puppet that is a news broadcaster named Cam El after Inglis-Cameron’s last name. The character takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to exposing some controversial political issues.

“No one else is doing the writing, these are all my opinions, this is my rant,” he said. “The name of the camel was a tip toward that.” 

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Since publishing the video on June 24, Cameron-Inglis has received some feedback, and is looking for more.

“When it comes to stuff like this and the litigation that is flying around, people get scared and don’t want to say anything. We need good people to start exercising their voice but I think it’ll take awhile,” he said.

The creation of a second episode is dependant on how well this one resonates.

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