LETTER – Labour Day was about music, hot dogs and collecting signatures

Labour day! Ah yes, the day before school goes back in, or the beginning of autumn, or the day labour unions and coalitions open their arms to a family day in fairs at local parks featuring music, bouncy castles, singing, and recognition of coming events of common interest.

It was a warm day and a warm, friendly crowd as the delicious aromas of hamburgers, hot dogs, and popcorn wafted through Macdonald Park in Kamloops as I wandered around the booths listening to many folk in conversation, joking and laughing at the carefree clear air of the event, such a relief from an August that had disappeared behind the smoke filling the valley for most of the summer.

TRU students were on their way to collecting 2000+ signatures supporting Proportional Representation in the electoral reform referendum beginning next month, people discussing Pro-Rep, signing the pledge sheets and picking up flyers, speakers holding an audience over the loudspeakers when unveiling the many virtues of PR.

The Kamloops and District Labour Council led by Barb Nederpel must be congratulated for hosting an event filled with such camaraderie and fun. A Pro-Rep themed send-off for a productive year. Each year it gets better. May there be many more.


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2 Comments on LETTER – Labour Day was about music, hot dogs and collecting signatures

  1. A rainy day can be seen as a relief for the forest but if you are finishing concrete outside it can be a bad day, to put it mildly. But yes Ian, you can “spin it” many ways…realism versus whatever else.

  2. Well said Ian. The event was a delight, friendly crowd, informative booths, lots of give-always, draws, AND ongoing entertainment by the fabulous music of Sabrina Weeks. Yes, congrats to the organizers, thank you.

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