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Breadcrumb Trail Links Opinion Letters Maple Leafs coach Roger Neilson is behind the bench in March 1979 after being fired and then reinstated by then-owner Harold Ballard. Photo by NICK PROCAYLO /00099437A Contents of the article

The fact that this is happening at the same time as a documentary about Harold Ballard (Offside: The Harold Ballard Story) is coming out is very sad as it shows that things haven’t changed in the hockey world. Nearly 44 years ago, a three-day soap opera involving Toronto Maple Leafs owner Ballard’s lack of respect for a human happened when he fired coach Roger Neilson.

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After a player campaign to get Ballard to change his mind, he “fired” Neilson. What followed remains one of the most entertaining — make that embarrassing — episodes in Leafs history: Ballard decided that Neilson should appear behind the Leafs bench with a paper bag over his head. Ballard later said they were just having a little fun with it. Yes, but at whose expense? Neilson, reluctant to say the least, declined.

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Synopsis of the article Maple Leafs coach Roger Neilson is behind the bench in March 1979 after being fired and then reinstated by then-owner Harold Ballard Photo by Barry Gray /Sun

A 24-year-old Bruce Boudreau played in 26 games for the Maple Leafs team in 1978-79 — despite running with the Leafs’ top AHL farm team in New Brunswick at the time of the aforementioned incident.

All these years later, with him being disrespected, I wonder if he was thinking about Neilson, his former NHL coach. Perhaps on his last game, it was about time Bruce showed up from behind the bench with a paper bag over his head and the words “Bruce, there is” written on it, to mock the whole situation and shame Canuck’s management for being cruel to a gentleman, a former player and a great hockey coach.

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Russ MacGregor, Williams Lake

Elections BC Responds to the ‘Hard Fines’ Column.

Re: Scammers can be successful in BC local elections without large fines

We agree that in order to be an effective deterrent and enforcement mechanism, penalties must make sense. They must also be appropriate to the circumstances and applied fairly. Penalties in equivalent cases should be the same no matter who it is.

When determining the amount of a contractual penalty, we consider each case individually. We also check whether the intention of the law is being fulfilled. In many of the previous cases where authorization statements were missing, the sponsor of the ad was clear and their contact information was available. We have no qualms about imposing higher fines if those affected deliberately mislead the public about who is sponsoring an election ad.

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Daphne Bramham writes that under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA), the “maximum penalty for organizations is $10,000. For individuals, it’s $5,000.” This applies to some violations, such as: B. the lack of an authorization statement. Higher penalties for other violations are possible. For example, a contestant who exceeds their spending limit will be fined up to twice the amount by which they exceeded the limit. They would also lose their seat if elected. In addition to fines, LECFA establishes offenses that include fines of up to $10,000 and imprisonment for up to two years for individuals and fines of up to $20,000 for organizations.

Also note that there were legislative changes to LECFA in 2015 and 2017 in addition to the changes in 2021. Election cost limits were introduced in 2015. Contribution limits were set in 2017. In 2021, administrative fines and the pre-campaign period were introduced. We continue to review the 2022 municipal general election files and will release additional fines as necessary.

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Melanie Hull, Elections BC, Victoria

The aesthetic value of nature

In the introductory course in economics, we learn that there are certain things in the world that cannot be measured with numbers. Such is the case with a forest or a pristine river that can give us a lasting pleasure that surpasses any objective calculation of its value. When planning cities, we often make the mistake of ignoring the aesthetic value of nature in favor of growth and development. Politicians would do well to include such an intangible value in their housing plans.

Kevin Zhao, Vancouver

Does Vancouver really want to boast?

Bragging isn’t a word that’s used very often, but it suddenly seems to be in vogue—both locally and in the US. First, Thursday’s The Sun reports that Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim wants the city to find/regain its swagger, which was defined as pride. That same day, I read an article in The Economist magazine about a company famous for boasting that was beginning to falter. This story asks, “Can Goldman (Sachs) regain his swagger?” My thesaurus contains the following terms for swagger – swagger, arrogance, conceit, complacency. I think they apply to the banker but not to Vancouver.

Bryan McConachy, West Vancouver

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