Austin Drain, 8, enjoys watching the news with his dogs, Maya and Mojo. (Leah Blain photo)

An eight-year-old who just can’t get enough current events

History, politics, science fascinate young Salmon Arm boy

Austin Drain, 8, is usually the first one up in his house.

Anywhere between 6 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. he walks into the living-room, and turns on the TV.

“I like to watch the news. I want to see what’s happening because it’s interesting,” he said.

Austin has a penchant for all kinds of current affairs, even the weather.

“I want to know if it’s going to rain or if there will be a thunderstorm—it will bug my dog.”

Austin said news stories that came to mind right away are bombings in the Middle East and the issue of murdered and missing Indigenous women along the Highway of Tears. Those stories made him sad. Fixing troubles in the Middle East is a tall order, but he has a dream of making Canada safe for everyone.

“I want to be Prime Minister,” he said. “If I was Prime Minister, I would keep laws the way they are but I would have one rule for the RCMP. If someone stole or something, I would make the RCMP go after them. I don’t like people who do that. I don’t like people who steal, that’s just mean. I would get them to catch the person (who did the killings) on the Highway of Tears.”

However, he admitted he doesn’t have all the answers to the pressing political questions of today, such as the Trans-Canada pipeline controversy.

“I would not know what to do.” said Austin. “Maybe I would have it, maybe not. It depends on what it costs.”

Read more: Friends & Neighbours – 4H combines learning and fun

Read more: Friends & Neighbours – Sharing the Shuswap’s History

Sometimes if the news isn’t too interesting, he’ll flip the channel over to Wild Kratts; sometimes he goes on his iPad.

“Lately he’s been interested in science,” said his dad Rob, before asking his son, “What’s the most dangerous thing?”

“Bacteriophage,” answered Austin.

He’s also fascinated with history, an interest he shares with Rob.

They watched (the recent) Wonder Woman (movie), which takes place during the First World War, and that immediately turned into a history lesson. Austin, while playing with the family’s dogs, Mojo and Maya, rattled off in quick succession the order in which the countries declared war on each other.

“He started watching shows about Alexander the Great and Napoleon. Then he would flip over and watch Godzilla,” said Rob laughing.

Read more: Friends & Neighbours – Facing the dilemma of graduation

Read more: Friends & Neighbours – Jamieson family the focus of historical society program

At school Austin’s favourite subjects are math, gym and reading. He likes fiction and non-fiction.

“I like the Magic Tree House series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the Harry Potter franchise. I like National Geographic.”

When he isn’t delving into politics, history and science, Austin enjoys normal kid stuff, such as playing with his next-door neighbours.

“We play soccer and floor hockey on the kitchen floor with mini-sticks.”

At eight years old (nearly nine because his birthday is on June 23) Austin isn’t really sure what his future holds but he has a few ideas and dreams.

“I would like to be a baker, an electrician or an engineer – maybe Prime Minister. If I was Prime Minister, I would say, ‘No school’,” he says with a mischievous smile.

“I’m just kidding about that – kids can’t vote.”

Martha


@SalmonArm
marthawickett@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

South Shuswap residents kick waste collection concept to the curb

Area C residents prefer existing depot system, suggest more enforcement

Plaques provide historical view of Salmon Arm landmarks

City heritage plaques added to Fletcher Park, Mount Ida Cemetery and Fairgrounds

In photos: Parade kicks off Girls Only Soccer Camp World Cup fun tournament

Players split into 11 countries for music and dance-filled parade, followed by tourney

Province attempting to ease concerns over caribou management

CSRD receives letter promising more consultation while chambers of commerce meet with minister

High-flying ‘Canadian Sasquatch’ spotted in Salmon Arm

Bruce Jones enjoys showing champion belt while volunteering at community events

July showers wash out half of the Okanagan’s cherry crop

Cherry growers say this is the worst season they’ve seen in decades

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Survivorship Dragon Boat Team wins in Vernon

Team takes top spot in A division at festival

Kelowna car thief’s sentencing delayed

Stanley Nickason pled guilty car theft charges in B.C. Supreme Court

Development gives Kelowna community garden the boot

Glen Valley residents given a few days to break it down before land development

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

RDOS contributes funds to arts centre workshop

South Okanagan Performing Arts Centre Society wants input into proposed facility

World-famous sopranos to hold concert in Okanagan

Two Canadian sopranos are bringing their world-famous voices to the Okanagan for one night only

Kelowna RCMP release video of reckless theft out of Southwest Mission

“Their tactics were anything but subtle,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey

Most Read