If you could read Gordon Lightfoot’s mind, you would have known he’d be early in line for the COVID-19 vaccination.
“I always planned on getting it because me and the band want to get back out on the road to see our fans again,” the 82-year-old legend said Friday with a chuckle. “Whenever that is, we’ll get back out there and play.”
So when he got the chance to get his Moderna shot, he headed to Seneca College with his wife Kim on Wednesday.
“The people who ran the clinic were just great,” said Lightfoot. “We met many terrific people also getting the vaccine.”
And it didn’t hurt at all.
“I hardly felt it and have had no side effects,” he said.
Now the focus shifts back to music and getting ready for three big shows coming up at the El Mocambo to be streamed to the world.
“May 6th, 7th and 8th and the whole band is excited,” said Lightfoot. “It gives us something to look forward to.”
During the pandemic, “I have followed all the protocols” to keep safe and “make sure I get out for a walk every day as well.”
He and the band also are heading into the Canterbury Music Company studio on Dufferin St. to rehearse.
“They really do an amazing job allowing a band to socially distance and be protected so they can play together,” he said. “It’s important to us because we are really focused on the sound. The acoustics in the renovated El Mocambo are as good as anywhere I have played.”
The only thing missing is the audience but “I know they are out there and we can feel them.”
And one day soon they will all be together riding that Carefree Highway once again thanks to Gordon Lightfoot getting the jab.
For three decades, he patrolled Ontario’s roads keeping people safe.
And for the last 15 years, he was on TV keeping people informed.
Now, it’s Cam Woolley’s time to take a moment for himself.
“You have to know when it is time,” the legendary CP24 crime reporter and former OPP sergeant said. “Now is that time.”
So April 15 will be the venerable Woolley’s final report on CP24 before retiring.
“I will miss it,” said Woolley. “I love this job.”
But he loves the idea of poking around a garage repairing an old vintage car two.
With his sharp wit and humour, Woolley is one of the best storytellers ever. However, his greatest skill at every crime scene is reminding us to never forget the humanity of the situation. It was never about power, authority, rules or self interest. It’s about people.
That’s why every police officer respects him and every reporter likes him. And why his fans love him.
There should be a Hall of Fame for guys like this. If there was, Cam Woolley would be a first-ballot entrant.
There was a lot of police firepower deployed to serve this ticket for allegedly not wearing a mask.
At 1 a.m. Friday York Regional Police went to COVID-19 agitator Chris Sky’s King City home to serve him charges. It ended up being a standoff between police and Sky, who was in his car, that was streamed live on Sky’s Instagram account.
“They sent the entire police force to arrest me,” joked Sky, adding “30 to 40” officers and dozens of police vehicles responded.
Video of the incident shows an enormous police response.
“They blocked off both sides of Keele,” Sky texted. “But I went live and did my thing against dozens of officers.”
He was belligerent to the officers. Profane. Rude. Hostile. Sky, who’s birth name is Chris Saccoccia, said he felt it was the only way to avoid incarceration.
“I simply wouldn’t let them take me because I knew they had no legal right,” said Sky. “I stood strong.”
It was not the first rodeo for Sky, who has openly defied COVID-19 restrictions and rules in airports, on airplanes and at protest rallies. He has also counselled people coming home from international trips on their rights to avoid quarantine at local hotels — something he refused to do last month after returning from Turkey, which resulted in a fine.
Sky believes he’s a target for being such a thorn in the side of governments and their pandemic management approach. He has asked for York Regional Police to conduct a professional standards probe into this.
So what was all this large police response for?
“On March 12th I went to Longo’s without a mask,” he said.
That’s considered a serious crime in 2021’s time of pandemic.
Seven days later, in the early hours of the morning, police went to lay charges for that even with Sky saying he has a medical mask exemption.
Cops have not commented so far — but Sky provided the charge sheet showing “mischief (interfere with law use, enjoyment or operation of property), cause disturbance and common nuisance.”
He’ll appear in court April 21.
In the end, police did not take Sky into custody and no one was hurt. Since that’s the case, it’s difficult know if this was overkill by the police and Sky or just how these disputes need to be handled with people on edge during a pandemic;.
Police brought their people on the ground, Sky brought his people online, and thankfully it ended peacefully.
As we reach the end of the week, I wanted to give a shoutout to my pal and colleague Veronica Henri for her nomination for a National Newspaper Award for the emotional picture of a woman in a long-term care facility suffering with COVID-19 of which she later died from.
I knew as soon as I saw the picture it was award-worthy because it captured the human side of this pandemic.
I enjoy working with all the Sun photographers and am always happy when they get their due. In Veronica’s case, we have covered many things together I can say she’s talented, fun to work and an extremely hard worker who tries to get the best possible picture every time out, which she certainly did with this picture.
Congrats Veronica. We are all so proud of you.
Have a super, warm, weekend everybody. Scrawler out!