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Day: February 1, 2022

An unexpected crowd
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An unexpected crowd

    Reverend Andrew Gates looked out over the large crowd gathered around the cenotaph on the grounds of the British Columbia legislature in Victoria. Light drizzle came and went, but the temperature was mild with a little breeze. There was some social distancing, but with more than 3,000 people, the space was crowded. Remembrance Day is a provincial holiday in B.C., so there were only a couple of small school groups. Instead though, there were many families with children of all ages. The crowd spilled off the legislature grounds, blocked Belleville Street, and extended in a long, broad column up Government Street between the harbour and Fairmont Empress Hotel to the edge of the downtown business district. The crowd was utterly unexpected, agreed Angus Stanfield, chair of ...

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