This weekend marks the last time the Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup.
The Toronto Sun relives it through the eyes of those in the Gardens on May 2, 1967. Today, we end the four-part series of reflections from fans, arena staff and the media:
It can be said that nothing huge happens in Toronto sports without Rolf Bjordammen.
He was there for the ’67 Cup (blues, section 51), at the Skydome, when Joe Carter won the World Series in ’93 (section 124) and right back to Marilyn Bell swimming Lake Ontario.
“I moved from Saskatchewan in September 1954 to study graphic arts in Ryerson on the daily bus,” the 83-year-old remembered. “I came to Moose Jaw to Winnipeg, Winnipeg-Chicago, Chicago-Toronto. I left on the day Marilyn started over and arrived to see the Telegram headline ‘Marilyn does it’. ”
Bjordammen returned home as a reporter / photographer for the Moose Jaw Times-Herald (a young Peter Gzowski was on the staff) before training Ryerson for a printing company that gave him the funds to buy Leafs season tickets. He settled down to watch Game 6 against the Habs in Row G, seats 17 and 18.
“I took Jack Mitchell that night, another western boy I knew through Ryerson and printing. We must have been wearing suits that come straight from work.
“My business lawyer at the time, Alfred Herman, it turned out that his granddaughter married Zach Hyman. I recently received some autographed photos of Zach for my own grandchildren. “
The Cup clincher would not be an easy game to watch as the Leafs clung to their 2-0 lead in the third period. Like all games in the most defensive series, they tried to place the clamps on the flying French. Following Duck Duff’s goals in the third period, Bjordammen and everyone else sweated out the final minutes.
“Armstrong is sticking to the ice and scoring the net, that’s what I always look for in my mind that night,” Bjordammen said. “It stays with me like Carter’s homer. I am so lucky to have seen both.
“I remember George getting the cup and the ceremony. It’s the kind of night you don’t want to leave, just hang around and soak up as much of it as you can. I’m not a party all night, though I’m sure some people were after that game. “
While the Leafs’ Cup drought has reached six decades, Bjordammen is not one to walk around boasting its presence that night. But he likes to give his two cents in sports debates when the subject turns into a lack of Leafs titles.
“Someone will say ‘aw, the leaves never win anything.’ I’d randomly mention ‘well, actually, I was there when they did’.
“You have to be careful with people who say they went to that game. The gardens only had approx. 16,000, but I think about 45,000 will tell them they were there. “
Bjordammen is still active, playing slo-pitch on two knee replacements and hoping COVID-19 does not delay his ball season or NHL playoffs. He is determined to be in Scotiabank when the Leafs win again.
LAST MINUTE GAMES
Here’s Foster Hewitt’s radio call with Leafs up 2-1:
“Less than a minute left, and the leaves are called for icing … the referee calls for the front run to the left of the Leafs goal. There’s a delay in the game and Montreal goalkeeper Gump Worsley doesn’t know if coach Toe Blake wants him to come off the net … now Blake had decided to remove Worsley. He goes on the bench, with 55 seconds to play, Montreal will use six attackers. The Canadiens intend to shoot the works … Beliveau gets on the ice, as do Roberts, Cournoyer, Ferguson, Richard and Laperriere. It’s all or nothing for them now.
“Imlach positions his team with an all-veteran lineup of Stanley, Horton, Kelly, Pulford and Armstrong.”
SO LONG RED
In the stands, Andre Kelly stood up. It wasn’t revealed, but she knew this would be her husband’s last shift in the NHL, going out with his fourth cup as a leaf and eighth overall.
Defender Stanley moved up to take the draw against Beliveau, a hug that Imlach often used, a big blueliner to take a big center. When Ferguson came in to consult with Beliveau who got the impatient crowd booing about the delay, Stanley had a quick word with Kelly and made him switch sides. Left-hander Stanley won a draw against Kelly and tied Beliveau as planned.
“I drove around and turned the puck up to Pulford,” Kelly described in his 2018 biography. “He took a few steps just across our blue line and sent it to Armstrong, who broke right in front of us. Army skated just over the middle and fired a wrist shot into the empty net. “
Crowd shots of the gardens at playoff times in the ’70s,’ 80s and ’90s were often proprietors with their distinctive white hats, waving signs or miniature Stanley Cups. A few were on duty back on May 2, ’67.
The late Dennis Goodwin placed half a century on Carlton St. and shared his experience of that night at the Gardens closure in 1999. At that time, he was the longest-serving of the 200 men and women working the Leafs, Marlies, wrestling, rock concerts and other major events.
That roar when Armstrong scored was still ringing in his years two decades later.
“The most spontaneous cheer I’ve heard in all my years here,” Goodwin said. “You never need a scoreboard to tell you to cheer. I had come in a bottle of champagne and served everyone in my section in Dixie cups. “
It was the fifth cup-winning team that Goodwin saw returning to Bill Barilko’s overtime goal in 1951. Goodwin was stationed exclusively in sections 65-67 in the East Green and enjoyed the atmosphere of the cheap seats he compared to the bleachers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
“You almost had a Hot Stove League on game nights, with small side bets between ushers or between ushers and fans. It was a neighborhood or a dollar on who got the first goal or penalty.
“The gardens are like a home, a family. It’s not like a job. There was a time when you could be the president of a company and people would think of you more because you were a gardener. “|
Colleague Andy Mastoris was also there for victory over the Habs, though not in optimal position at the time of the switch.
“I was on the south end and Armstrong scored at the other,” Mastoris told the New York Times in 2019, shortly before he passed. “Going to the gardens was like a Catholic going to the Vatican. It was a place of worship. “
Mastoris and Goodwin never experienced a Cup again, though both became quite friendly with season ticket holders over the years. One evening after a particularly bad Leafs campaign, Greek immigrant Mastoris was invited by a few subscribers and everyone toasted the welcome ending to the multi-round season of Ouzo.
Also in the crowd that night was the budding journalist / historian Mike Filey, who delighted readers of this paper every Sunday with his focus on Toronto’s past, The Way We Were.
“Knowing my love for the magazines back then, my wife got the two tickets from J. M. ‘Ted’ Tory, branch manager at Sun Life,” said Filey, who took friend Ross Edwards and sat in the Blues.
Ted was related to current Mayor John Tory, with the family being early investors in Leafs ad the Gardens.
“All these years later, she can’t remember what she paid. I should have kept our ticket stubs, except we were convinced that the Leafs would remain as champions for years to come. After all, there were six new (expansion) teams joining the NHL and they wouldn’t amount to much for years.
Or so many people thought.
Clearing from clarity
In case you’ve never heard what these sweet championship sounds are with ‘Leafs’ in the same sentence, here’s Campbell:
“Ladies and gentlemen, it is now my great pleasure to present the Stanley Cup to the Maple Leaf Hockey Club for the 11th time. I ask the captain of the Toronto club to come forward and accept the trophy. “
Armstrong’s young son Brian, where he met his grandfather, was at the presentation table and appears on many of the photos with Campbell, his father and the trophy.
“My grandfather and I planned to go on the ice before the game if the Leafs won and tried to signal to each other,” Brian told Ward Cornell of Hockey Night in Canada. “It was the first Stanley Cup game I had been to. My grandfather said I should be behind Al Smith.
Smith, Leafs third goalie, was ready in the locker room all night. Although Johnny Bower was too injured to play after getting hurt in the warm-up of Game 4, he thought his place was on the bench with his peers to provide support.
Their coup runs over
As the game ended and handshakes with the Habs ended, the Leafs posed for a quick photo with the Cup. There was no victory lap or solo skating with the Cup back then, but plenty to celebrate out of the public eye.
General manager / coach Punch Imlach, feared and respected by his players every other day of the season, was relieved of his famous fedora and fully clothed in the shower.
“I went into the locker room, but it was a crazy house,” said Hockey Night analyst Brian McFarlane. “Everyone was overflowing with champagne.”
Winning goalkeeper Terry Sawchuk sat on the bench and pulled on a cigarette.
“I don’t like beer or champagne and I’m too tired to dance around,” Sawchuk said, “but this has to be the biggest thrill of my life.”
In a mysterious post manuscript, Sawchuk was announced as the winner of the ‘Air Canada Trophy’, Leaf being selected as the most priceless player in the playoffs by teammates. The fair-sized trophy, which is believed to have been minted two years earlier (it actually read Trans Canada Airlines, before dating AC’s re-branding) was given to Sawchuk the same day Keon received Conn Smythe as playoff MVP voted by the authors. But the trophy disappeared while Air Canada and the Sawchuk family could not account for it until today. It’s a piece of the point where the Leafs haven’t won a cup since.
PARTY LIKES IT 1967
McFarlane and the TV crew were not invited to the after-party at Executive Staff Smyth’s home, but they knew where he lived and crashed it anyway.
“There was Eddie Shack, sweat dripping down his nose, everyone dancing and a lot of beautiful women,” McFarlane said. “The cup was in the foyer and we all took a sip from it, come and go.
“I’m sure people thought there would be another cup in a year or two.”
The Telegram printed 42 births on May 2, 1967, including Lui Redigonda at Northwestern Hospital (now Humber River).
Emilio Redigonda was present for both her son’s birthday and the victory over Montreal. Emilio considered it a lucky sign for the Leafs after wife Mary gave birth to Lui by seven pounds. Then he went to the game with a group of friends from his construction company who shared season tickets.
“I just remember getting very, very drunk,” Emilio said in an interview in 2004. “A son and a Stanley Cup. It was good.”
Leaf players at the ’67 Cup: George Armstrong, Bob Baun, Johnny Bower, Brian Conacher, Ron Ellis, Aut Erickson, Larry Hillman, Tim Horton, Red Kelly, Larry Jeffrey, Dave Keon, Frank Mahovlich, Milan Marcetta, Jim Pappin, Marcel Pronovost , Bob Pulford, Terry Sawchuk, Eddie Shack, Allan Stanley, Peter Stemkowski, Mike Walton.
What is Section 230, the U.S. law protecting social media companies – and can Trump change it? – National Post
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to order a review of a federal law known as Section 230, which protects internet companies like Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet’s Google from being responsible for the material posted by users.
WHAT IS SECTION 230?
The core purpose of Section 230 is to protect the owners of any “interactive computer service” from liability for anything posted by third parties. The idea was that such protection was necessary to encourage the emergence of new types of communications and services at the dawn of the Internet era.
Section 230 was enacted in 1996 as part of a law called the Communications Decency Act, which was primarily aimed at curbing online pornography. Most of that law was struck down by the courts as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech, but Section 230 remains.
In practice, the law shields any website or service that hosts content – like news outlets’ comment sections, video services like YouTube and social media services like Facebook and Twitter – from lawsuits over content posted by users.
When the law was written, site owners worried they could be sued if they exercised any control over what appeared on their sites, so the law includes a provision that says that, so long as sites act in “good faith,” they can remove content that is offensive or otherwise objectionable.
The statute does not protect copyright violations, or certain types of criminal acts. Users who post illegal content can themselves still be held liable in court.
The technology industry and others have long held that Section 230 is a crucial protection, though the statute has become increasingly controversial as the power of internet companies has grown.
WHAT PROMPTED THE CREATION OF SECTION 230?
In the early days of the Internet, there were several high-profile cases in which companies tried to suppress criticism by suing the owners of the platforms.
One famous case involved a lawsuit by Stratton Oakmont, the brokerage firm depicted in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” against the early online service Prodigy. The court found that Prodigy was liable for allegedly defamatory comments by a user because it was a publisher that moderated the content on the service.
The fledgling internet industry was worried that such liability would make a range of new services impossible. Congress ultimately agreed and included Section 230 in the Communications Decency Act.
WHAT DOES SECTION 230 HAVE TO DO WITH POLITICAL BIAS?
President Trump and others who have attacked Section 230 say it has given big internet companies too much legal protection and allowed them to escape responsibility for their actions.
Some conservatives, including the president, have alleged that they are subject to online censorship on social media sites, a claim the companies have generally denied.
Section 230, which is often misinterpreted, does not require sites to be neutral. Most legal experts believe any effort to require political neutrality by social media companies would be a violation of the First Amendment’s free speech protections.
CAN PRESIDENT TRUMP ORDER CHANGES TO SECTION 230?
No. Only Congress can change Section 230. In 2018, the law was modified to make it possible to prosecute platforms that were used by alleged sex traffickers. As the power of internet companies has grown, some in Congress have also advocated changes to hold companies responsible for the spread of content celebrating acts of terror, for example, or for some types of hate speech.
A draft of Trump’s May executive order, seen by Reuters, instead calls for the Federal Communications Commission to “propose and clarify regulations” under Section 230. The order suggests companies should lose their protection over actions that are deceptive, discriminatory, opaque or inconsistent with their terms of service.
DO OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE AN EQUIVALENT TO SECTION 230?
The legal protections provided by Section 230 are unique to U.S. law, although the European Union and many other countries have some version of what are referred to as “safe harbor” laws that protect online platforms from liability if they move promptly when notified of illegal content.
The fact that the major internet companies are based in the United States also gives them protection.
Creators of 6ixBuzz possibly doxed via social media – insauga.com
The enigmatic and polarizing figures behind 6ixBuzzTV, a controversial social media presence known for inciting vitriol, may have been outed and doxed—when someone releases a person’s personal information including their address.
Doxing has become an insidious part of Internet Culture—it’s often used as a weapon to incite fear and potentially violence by people hiding behind a computer screen and keyboard.
While it’s unclear whether the information is accurate, or who released it, people have been sharing a screenshot of a snapchat image that displays the names and addresses of the people behind 6ixBuzz, who have otherwise remained anonymous since their rise to prominence over the last few years.
According to the oft-shared image, two of the people behind the page are from Toronto, one is from Markham, and one is from Brampton—although all of this is still unverified.
6ixBuzz is known for sharing wild, embarrassing, and uncouth images and videos of people from around the GTA as much as it shares music and promotes artists.
6ixbuzz is like the pot calling the kettle back. Majority of their post promotes bullying, hatred and division. The way this platform portrays minorities in our community is sad. This is why racist people are so comfortable saying the things they say.
— Cacao butter kisses (@GabbydeeO) May 29, 2020
It’s also known for inciting divineness through the content and captions that it shares.
People in 6ixbuzz’s comments are the most misogynistic, racist, homophobic people. Not only does 6ixbuzz intentionally use captions to divide people against one another, but then they act like they’re a hero? unfollow that clownery, the worse thing to happen to Toronto media.
— Vyshnavi Muthaly (@vyshnavimuthaly) May 29, 2020
Further, largely due to the fact it’s an unregulated account, many creatives have found their content stolen and repurposed by 6ixBuzz’s account, oftentimes without even an acknowledgement that it came from someone else.
Throwback Thursday to when 6ixbuzz stole my tweet for a caption because … you know … captions are hard. pic.twitter.com/FL9T4N6hpa
— Chris Walder (@WalderSports) May 28, 2020
The page, which started as a meme sharing platform in 2010, evolved into a major part of Toronto and the GTA’s media scene—albeit mainly among the younger generations, and mostly for the wrong reasons.
Town of Outlook passes social media policy for employees, council – The Outlook
The Town of Outlook recently passed a social media policy for its employees, as well as those on the local council.
The objective of the policy, which is titled ‘Social Media Practices’ is “To provide clear direction to employees and council on the Town’s standards to be observed when using social media.”
What follows are highlights of the policy, which was provided to The Outlook by the Town:
The Social Media Practices policy is implemented to establish the roles and appropriate forms of communications to the public for all employees and council of the Town of Outlook, both professionally and personally.
This policy applies to all Town employees and council on the following social media and networking platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, TikTok, Youtube, forums, message boards, blogs, and the Town’s official website.
1. Administration staff and selected department heads may be granted access to the Town’s social media platforms as determined by the CAO.
2. Council will not be granted authority to the administration permissions of the Town’s social media platforms, however will be able to view, share, and engage on posts from the Town.
1. All posts, comments, message initiations or replies on behalf of the Town must be communicated from the Town of Outlook’s account, not an employee’s personal account.
2. Direct messages to individuals or businesses via messenger and chat platforms must be signed with the first name of the employee who sent the message.
3. Direct messages on behalf of the Town should only be made by approved personnel and during regular working hours, except in the case of an urgent notification or request.
4. Memorandums, public notices, and social media campaigns must be approved by the CAO prior to being posted.
5. Posts, messages, comments, and any other communications containing profane, derogatory, or defamatory language will be hidden or deleted from the Town’s public social media platforms; users who initiate these forms of communications may be banned from Town pages.
Employees are welcome to engage in personal social media activities outside of working hours, however when engaging in conversations regarding the Town, we expect employees to observe the following guidelines:
• Be respectful and polite
• Avoid speaking on matters outside of your field of expertise
• Exercise caution when answering questions or making statements
• Follow the Town’s confidentiality policy
• Be mindful of copywrite, trademarks, plagiarism, and fair use standards
• Refrain from using profane, derogatory, or defamatory language
• Ensure others know that their personal statements do not represent the Town
• Advise your immediate supervisor when you come across any misleading or false information
Employees who disregard their job duties, disclose confidential information, or engage in offensive behaviour on personal or professional social media accounts may face disciplinary action as per the Town’s Progressive Discipline Policy.
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