Commentary by
Richard Froese

It seemed that the summer of 2021 was mostly back to normal and busier after events were cancelled in summer 2020 because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Just look at the July and August issues of the South Peace News and Lakeside Leader and readers quickly discover more events, even some new events.

As COVID-19 restrictions in Alberta were dropped July 1, Premier Jason Kenney was calling it “The Best Summer Ever”.

I don’t know about “best summer ever”, but it was a better summer than in 2020.

Vaccinations helped to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in the province in the summer.

People had more freedom to travel, go camping and do a variety of activities that didn’t happen in summer 2020.

The summer of 2021 was a time for people to reunite with family and friends for the first time since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Minor baseball and golf courses were back in full swing.

Last year in the summer, local newspapers scrambled to find stories and photos to fill 20 pages.

Some communities celebrated Canada Day 2021 in some way and several annual summer recreation programs returned.

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