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LETTER: RCMP officer shares his personal story on racism

“Don’t try and change the world, but don’t ever let the world change you unless it is for the better.”

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Recently, police across Canada, including some of our RCMP officers were asked by the media to share their personal experiences and perspectives on the issue of racism and discrimination. Some RCMP officers have shared their stories to their personal social media accounts.
BC RCMP Sergeant Major Sebastien Lavoie, a nearly 20-year veteran, is one of those officers and has agreed to share his post on the BC RCMP webpage.
Authentic storytelling and open dialogue are powerful tools to drive change. This issue affects us all as Canadians.

A society that separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.

I have been holding my peace by refraining to speak publicly about the tragic chain of events that led to where we are today. The unspeakable actions and inaction of a few uniform wearing officers, and the horrible demise of another one.

Every time, I watched the video I heard my heart break, not only for George Floyd, but also for every officer that has sacrificed so much for the collective good. They all did so at an incredibly high personal cost and their voices have been relegated to chatter that has been all but silenced.

Friends turning on their friends in the Law Enforcement community, lifelong efforts negated by those supposed to be the rock under our feet. What does the way forward look like for those who have chosen a profession perceived by so many as oppressive, abusive and self-serving?

There is only one way, and that is forward. Learn as much as we can from history so that it may never be repeated. Understand that society is heartbroken, angry, and unable to take the emotional step back. Let the people in your circle live those emotions and try your very best not to take it personally.

Trying to convey to people that you are a good officer is the equivalent of trying to reason with an enraged loved one. Wait until the dust settles, continue to provide your service in a professional, compassionate and safe manner. If your friend’s list has to be amended to keep those who have been able to voice their discontent while continuing to support you and those like you, then do so.

Remember that actions speak louder than words and that everyone in the Law Enforcement community bears the burden of the actions of a few. Be the one that consistently reflects positively on your peers, for on that you must never compromise.

Don’t try and change the world, but don’t ever let the world change you unless it is for the better.

Stay the course.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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LETTER: Kenney shouldn’t be given any slack at all

He is the worst example I have seen as a failed politician that I have seen in my seventy years.

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RE: MAKICHUK: It’s time we cut Premier Kenney some slack

I have watched politics all my life and have never seen as an inept performance as Jason Kenny has put on.

He came to Alberta as our conservative saviour. He took over a party with a message that represented a lot of people’s views especially in rural Alberta and then proceeded to ignore the fundamentals of that platform.

Issues such as the Crownest debate on rail movement of grain where Western producers actually were thrown in jail for carrying a bucket full of grain across the Montana border have brought distrust. Trudeau has destroyed in many us the desire to be a part of this joke called Canada.

Kenny apparently was the man to bring these and many more issues to the Canadian public and demand change. In spite of many letters to him to encourage him to do something he has tucked his tail between his legs and completely dropped the ball.

If you are a conservative voter as I am, trying to find any reflection of a conservative values in his policy is hard to do. To those of us who committed time and money to the Wildrose Party much of what he has portrayed is a slap in the face. His treatment of many people during this so-called pandemic is not in the interests of those of us that believe in democracy.

He is the worst example I have seen as a failed politician that I have seen in my seventy years. What a disaster he has been and as far as cutting him slack forget it. He had a clear mandate when he took on his role from the people who put him there. Your wanting to cut him slack is an insult to the Wildrose base who put this incompetent fool in and were betrayed.

Matt McElroy
Rocky View County, Ab.

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LETTER: Quebec is worth the effort

“It’s the first sensible insight that I have seen in a very long time.”

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RE: MAKICHUK: Let’s engage Quebec, and not just bash it

Your article is heartfelt and very impressive.

It’s the first sensible insight that I have seen in a very long time.

If at first, we don’t get far with Quebec, then keep trying. Thanks so much.

Richard Patterson
Ponoka, AB.

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LETTER: The rest of the country may think of Alberta as redneck — let them

Alberta is being looked at as redneck. Well I like it. It’s about time somebody stood up to the bull crap that’s being handed down.

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RE: MARSDEN: Vaccines are the anti-lockdown super weapon we need

When will the media start sending out the message vaccinated people can spread COVID-19 just as easy as non-vaccinated people.  In fact, maybe easier due to the mindset of invincibility they feel once vaccinated.

Start spreading the news the experimental drug vaccine only helps your personal immune system. It does not cure, make you immune, or stop you from spreading COVID-19.

The rising list of possible side effects to this untested long-term drug is scary, yet the media seems to ignore this except whatever the Pharma and government passes out. 

How come we don’t hear how many positives have been passed by vaccinated people? 

Alberta is being looked at as redneck. Well, I like it. It’s about time somebody stood up to the bull crap that’s being handed down. 

I think every unvaccinated person, when forced to stand in a line or segregated out, should stand in the line of the vaccinated. Slow the system down. 

Should tell the readers medical history is private.  If I have to sign a document for another doctor to see my records what authority does someone have to even ask me for my medical status to board a plane or get food etc.

Jerry Terpstra
Brooks, AB

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