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Many Canadians are wondering, why is Ottawa charging so much for a passport that lasts only five years, when other countries issue passports that are good for 1

Passport charge

just a cash grab?

Many Canadians are wondering, why is Ottawa charging so much for a passport that lasts only five years, when other countries issue passports that are good for 10 years? Is the five-year passport a cynical cash grab?

At $100 a pop it sure looks like one.

Surely common sense and consideration for Canadians’ time and pocketbooks would have the government extend passports to 10 years, especially now that passports are being demanded for travel by air to or via our nearest neighbour, the United States.

And soon, they’ll be needed for entry to the U.S. by land.

Greg J. Edwards

Delta

Ode to the beauty of an open field

Re: Winskill artificial turf

I am an ardent lawn bowler and it is always a pleasure to look out on the vivid green grass and enjoy its solitary attributes. An open field does that to you. Who hasn’t blissfully laid on the grass and pondered the magnificence of sky and cloud?

And yet a few feet away, a group set up their own imaginary boundaries and enjoy a bit of teamwork and competition. That’s the way it should be in a public park.

The confines of a fenced and artificial setting belong somewhere else.

Lula M. Reed

Delta

Sidekick’s latest

is good fun

Looking for a respite from treaty talks, road route, port expansion? 

You just might like to attend Nunsense, a hilarious musical produced by Sidekick Players at Genesis Theatre.

I was part of a group of 30 that attended Feb. 2. It was interesting from the moment we walked into the theatre where we were greeted by “nuns” and “brothers,” to the interaction with the audience of more “nuns” before the play started.

There were lots of clever lines and lyrics, jokes for the audience, and prizes for the winners. One woman received a prize just for being a Catholic—the “nun” quipped that she bet the woman didn’t expect to get that kind of a reward. 

Nunsense continues Feb. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on 11. 

Patricia K. Rogers

Delta

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