Raising money for the food bank is always a key part of the Heritage Festival. A 2013 photo shows Edmonton Latin Festival Dancers Ingrid Torres, Lili Baly, Juana Lagua, and Isis Soldevala with Edmonton Food Bank executive director Marjorie Bencz.
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Going to Heritage Days? Don’t forget to buy tickets for the fabulous food being served at this festival. Be generous with your purchase of tickets as unused tickets can be turned in as a donation to the Food Bank.Each ticket is worth a dollar. You may think that is not much, but that is the cost of a can of soup. Five tickets buy a four-litre jug of milk. A lot can be bought with all the tickets handed back.This is just one of the ways to help the Food Bank. You can donate food on site and donations also can be made throughout the year – both food and money. Several grocery stores have bins to put in items, and have packages of food that you can donate. Plan to drop in food items every month. If the inspiration hits you at 3 a.m., you can donate online. Volunteering is needed, even for a one-day event helps.And before you leave the Heritage Festival, check your pockets for left over tickets and hand them in at ticket booths. Every ticket counts.Jaima Geller, EdmontonBetter to stay for entire apologyRe. Tuccaro family rejects official RCMP apology, July 27My heart hurts with Vivian Tuccaro and her family as we all witnessed yet another act of colonial incompetence with deputy commissioner Curtis Zablocki’s truncated apology for the mismanagement of the delayed investigation into Amber Tuccaro’s murder in 2010. Had deputy commissioner Zablocki not departed so quickly for an “unmoveable appointment,” Vivian Tuccaro might have believed in the heartfelt truth of his apology.Amber Tuccaro’s family deserves to know the truth about her death, as does the public. If the RCMP were truly contrite, Zablocki would have listened to Vivian Tuccaro’s criticisms without leaving.With the Truth and Reconciliation Commission only recently behind us, we need to bridge the chasm of distrust between Indigenous and white Canadians. It seems that today would have been a better day for the Tuccaro family if the RCMP hadn’t bothered to apologize.Naomi McIlwraith, EdmontonApologies don’t need to be publicRe. Tuccaro family rejects official RCMP apology, July 27This is so typical of having a three-ring circus, and I cannot fathom why these apologies have to be public displays.It would appear that our country’s leader has taken the forefront of doing such things, usually with tears in his eyes, and I fail to understand why the RCMP has to follow suit. They have apologized several times in the past, however, someone must have believed that having the media present would change things. Evidently, it only made it worse.The police have a tough enough job with every judicial decision, the fact everyone cries foul when arrested, and no matter what police do it is never enough. Historically, there have always been questions about investigations and some people are probably more tenacious than others. Mistakes will be made.A.I. Smith, St. AlbertWe invite you to write letters to the editor. A maximum of 150 words is preferred. Letters must carry a first and last name, or two initials and a last name, and include an address and daytime telephone number. All letters are subject to editing. We don’t publish letters addressed to others or sent to other publications. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org