Columns and Letters

Column: Canadian women's 8: an all-Canadian Olympic moment

August 4, 2021

-by Frank Macdonald

    It was fairly early in our Canadian morning and I was scanning a newspaper while on-television Olympic commentators were assessing the medal chances of Canada’s eight-women rowing team. It wasn’t a sport I knew much about. In fact, until that broadcast I didn’t even know we had a rowing team that large, a team that hadn’t won a gold medal since 1992.
    As the 2000-metre race started, I glanced up from the box scores to see that the Canadians had taken the early lead, probably not the best strategy on a waterway that featured the world’s five other best rowing teams. My nose dropped back to the page and when I checked again, it was the halfway point and the Canadians were still leading; no sign of them beginning to flag. The paper slid off my lap as I began to think the improbable. In a race of that length, going wire to wire was highly unlikely.
    By this time, I had paddled half way down the couch, and with a 150 metres to go, I was on my feet, nose radiation-close to the screen, screaming for this, my favourite Olympic team. Across the finish line, it was the Canadians by a fairly long nose.
    Still aboard their craft, the rowers celebrated in a state of euphoric exhaustion very few humans on this planet will ever experience. But most of us will happily settle for the vicarious version.

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Letter: Dirty ditches

August 4, 2021

Dear Editor,
       Regarding the council meeting notes published in The Oran this week: Catherine Gillis remarked on the amount of garbage along the roads around the county. Yes, it is the responsibility of the provincial government to clean this up. Don’t hold your breath waiting for this to happen.
    There was also mention of “Adopt-a-Highway” Program. Sure, have the citizens clean up the mess, for free.

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