Sour game-day experience
Arriving in Winnipeg on Thursday, I was anticipating it to be a great day to be a CFL football fan. Even though I was dressed in Saskatchewan Roughrider colours, I was welcomed by helpful hotel staff, transit drivers, Bomber fans on the bus and around the stadium, and the season-ticket holders I sat beside in the impressive Investors Group Field.
I was impressed by the fan experience, and a good smattering of Rider Nation was having as good a time as the Bomber faithful. Inside the stadium, the good-natured cheering and "chirping" between fans added to fun I was having.
Late in the game, the momentum shifted toward the Riders. I got the attention of the camera crew and held up my homemade sign. To my surprise, he actually stopped and focused his camera on me.
That's when things went sour. A boisterous Bomber fan jumped in front of me and knocked my sign out of my hands, sending it flying down to the front row, where another Bomber fan grabbed it and ceremoniously ripped it in half.
After the game, I shook hands with the gentlemen to my immediate left and right, as I had enjoyed their company during the game. I left the stadium happy with a Roughrider victory, but incredulous at the actions of the two guys who spoiled an otherwise great experience.
Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sanders more than a gadfly
Re: I wish your headline writers would aim for "meaningful" rather than "trivial" and/or "sensational" (Council gadfly Sanders in race, Aug. 7).
By emphasizing Sanders' gadfly role in the headlines, he is equated (in the eyes of the public, many of whom may read only the headlines) with past gadflies who entirely lacked Sanders' considerable credentials and credibility.
Sanders is a serious and capable candidate, as will become clear in the months ahead.
Almost always, candidates of Sanders' quality are unwilling for various reasons to run for office. Voters should jump at the chance to support an exception to that tendency.
Russian analysis lacking
Denys Volkov provides us with the information that by the Transparency International ranking, Russia stands at 127th out of 177 countries on its corruption perception index (The Russian menace, Aug. 8).
He neglects to mention that by the same index, Ukraine comes in at 144th out of 177.
Perhaps now that the costs of reciprocal Russian sanctions on Canada's pork and other agricultural exports begin to bite, Canadians will demand a higher level of analysis. We deserve better than the simplistic "us vs. them" that we have been fed to date.
The dangers of teaching abstinence
Louis Riel school board candidate Candace Maxymowich is making the right decision not to push abstinence-only sex education if elected (Candidate promotes abstinence-only sex-ed, Aug. 6).
As an education advocate, she would do well to educate herself about the real-life effects of these programs before promoting them on Twitter and elsewhere. They have been studied extensively in the U.S., where they proliferated in the 1990s because of Christian lobbying and heavy funding by the Bush administration.
The research showed disturbing outcomes. A 2007 U.S. Congress-mandated study of the effectiveness of abstinence-only education showed no beneficial impact on young people's sexual behaviour. In fact, a 2010 Guttmacher Institute review of research on abstinence-only education showed clear evidence that: 1) teens did not delay sexual activity and 2) contraceptive use was discouraged among sexually active teens, increasing their risk of unintended pregnancy and STIs.
More teen pregnancies, more risk of disease. Not a good plan, Ms. Maxymowich.
Sleepout just the start
Re: Sleepout aims to provide paying jobs for homeless (Aug. 8). While I applaud the CEO Sleepout participants and their worthy aims, why not try something different?
How about instead of business owners, media personalities and politicians camping out, they invite Winnipeg's homeless to sleep in their cosy beds, serve them a scrumptious breakfast in the morning, and pay them good money to do odd jobs around their homes?
While I support the underlying concept of the CEO Sleepout, I feel that the CEOs should pay rent for sleeping on taxpayer property.
Perhaps they could start with a small fraction of their annual bonuses, likely one of the root causes of the disparity in the first place.