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Learning from our mistakes

The Guelph Tribune was pilloried in some quarters for last week’s “thumbs down to those lighting fireworks on Tuesday at Deerpath Park. Save them for special holidays.” As we now know, there was a special holiday last Tuesday. It’s called Diwali, a Hindu celebration of light and one of their most important days of the year.
The Trib has been labelled intolerant, insensitive and callous. We are not. It  was an unfortunate oversight.
We were also not alone in failing to note Diwali’s significance. A City of Guelph bylaw states that fireworks are permitted only on Canada Day and Victoria Day, and bylaw officers tried enforcing it last Tuesday.
“The city has learned a lesson this week about being an inclusive community,” said Mayor Karen Farbridge on her blog. As a result, a staff report is due in the spring on how the city “can be more inclusive of other traditional holidays in our community,” she said.
The Trib, too, has learned from its mistake. No excuses. Lesson learned, and we will be more vigilant in the future.

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