Letters to The Province: A Gordon Lightfoot reminiscence

Opinion: Letters to The Province.

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Gordon Lightfoot supplied so many recollections for therefore many individuals. One reminiscence is taking part in over-and-over in my thoughts as we speak.

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I thumbed from Toronto to Sudbury, Ont., in 1976. Turning left, I headed for the mountains. Employment in Banff was the vacation spot.

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I recall, sooner or later, listening to that Lightfoot can be taking part in in Edmonton the approaching Saturday. Effectively, I left Banff at seven within the morning that Saturday. My thumb took me to Calgary, then Pink Deer and eventually to Edmonton round six.

Bought a single ticket on the far finish of the Edmonton Coliseum. I bear in mind Lightfoot strolling onstage. I recall the voice, the cheers, the applause and a palpable unhappiness because the present closed.

After the present I slept in a metropolis park by a river with a couple of thousand different Lightfoot followers.

Thumbed again to Banff the following day. The present date was July 24, 1976. How do I bear in mind the date? Nonetheless have the ticket stub.

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Gordon, thanks for the recollections and relaxation in peace.

Eric Proctor, Peterborough, Ont.

Private assaults, name-calling inappropriate

When it comes to the Surrey police transition, it’s unlucky how this whole dispute has but to be resolved.

RCMP Deputy Commissioner Dwayne McDonald actually hit the nail on the top when he referred to supporters of each the RCMP and the Surrey Police Service as “armchair quarterbacks,” “pundits” and “self-proclaimed specialists.”

What’s disheartening is that these individuals who consistently slander one another on social media don’t have anything to do with legislation enforcement by any means. Their relentless private assaults directed towards one another are solely exacerbating the issue as a substitute of serving to the answer.

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Everybody has a proper to their opinion, however private assaults and name-calling are utterly inappropriate and completely pointless.

This juvenile behaviour has gone far sufficient and must cease.

I really feel very sorry for members of each the Surrey RCMP and the SPS who’re caught-up within the midst of this tumultuous storm.

It’s time to easily step again and let each police businesses work along with the municipal and provincial governments, in order that this challenge can lastly be resolved.

Relying on which method the ship sails, the one factor that issues is having a police pressure to serve and defend all of us if we have to name 911.

Michael Bardouniotis, Surrey 

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Originally posted 2023-05-04 23:00:55.