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Golden Knights rolling, sad days for retail sector: PAPER VIEW

Bruce Cameron

By Bruce Cameron

Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland, left, celebrates after scoring against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of Tuesday night's NHL game  in Las Vegas. JOHN LOCHER/AP PHOTO

Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland, left, celebrates after scoring against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of Tuesday night's NHL game in Las Vegas. JOHN LOCHER/AP PHOTO

This week, a few thoughts here, a few thoughts there, and a few scrumptious homemade cheese biscuits flying through the air.

 

All that doesn’t glitter can also be gold

I was impressed watching the opening home game of the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night. I’ve slagged NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in this space a few times over the years, but in granting Vegas a team, this league seems to have made a fine choice of a new franchise location.

There’s a solid fan base with 14,000 season ticket-holders. And the team, in the wake of the 58 people shot and killed 10 days ago in its hometown, did an admirable pre-game job of honouring the memory of the victims and, at the same, saluting the brave frontline workers who dealt with the dead and injured.

These things can be tricky. How much is too much? How much is too little? Glad to say, this pre-game event struck the perfect balance.

Then, the Knights, who definitely play beyond your typical bumbling-but-lovable expansion losers, went out to defeat the Arizona Coyotes, 5-2.

Still can’t believe I’m saying this, but Gary Bettman, well done.

Four strong winds of discontent

What’s with Patrick Brown’s Ontario PCs allowing Tanya Khattra, a Calgary dentist, to run for the nomination to represent the Cambridge, Ont., riding in the next provincial election?

This deal seems whacked. For instance, if I’m a voter in Cambridge, why would I suddenly be enamoured with an Albertan who has zilch idea of my riding, its people, its history, its institutions, its day-to-day character

Or, here’s a thought, political issues?

And what about all the longtime volunteers and PC supporters in Cambridge, folks who, ya know, actually grew up there, folks who’ve worked tirelessly for their particular PC candidate who has actual roots in the area?

As strategies go, this is the best way to alienate and or anger people you should be counting on for support.

A catalogue of corporate ineptitude

If you’re of a certain vintage, you’re still in a bit of a consumer shock after reading Bob Bruton’s Examiner piece on Tuesday about Sears calling it a day.

The Amazons and Walmarts of the world have for years been redefining retail, but it’s not as if they operate in soft slippers in the dead of night.

They’re loud, they’re proud. Whoever was in charge of Sears had enough time to study the shifting sands and or spend a few minutes appreciating the work of Charles Darwin.

And now, for something completely different

Grabbing a few items last Friday at Giant Tiger, I approached the checkout.

The GT lady at the cash register was singing along with whatever pop song was being piped through the store.

The customer in front of me started laughing, egging on the singing employee to start dancing, which she did while continuing to sing. And not quietly, at that.

I couldn’t help laughing, telling her to keep going: “Sing it like you mean it!”

The customer ahead of me, transaction finished, gathering her items, declared: “I’m coming back to this store, it’s fun here!”

Yes it was. Giant Tiger, whatever you’re paying this particular employee, it’s not enough.

Flying in the smiling face of tradition

A shout-out to my niece Natalie, who always steals a page from her grandma’s recipe book and bakes up cheese biscuits for Thanksgiving.

As usual, they were delish at last weekend’s dinner.

But, just as usual, at least one of them became airborne. That’s just how we roll.

Bruce Cameron is a Barrie freelance writer. 



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