Leef is a coward

Leef is a coward In no way do I endorse vandalism in any form. I support the right of any individual to protect their property from such irresponsible behavior. Like many, I am disappointed that Carrie Boles directed her energies to turning election campa

In no way do I endorse vandalism in any form. I support the right of any individual to protect their property from such irresponsible behavior. Like many, I am disappointed that Carrie Boles directed her energies to turning election campaign signs into garbage before their time.

I support Ryan Leef’s efforts to catch the culprit, at least out of respect to all those individuals and companies who have so generously made the purchase of his signage possible. My support for Mr. Leef’s actions end there. What happened next horrifies me in many ways.

By their own account, our MP and his accomplice used overpowering force to bring a single woman to her knees. Why are more men not outraged by this? At least it ends there with handcuffs and a call to the real law enforcement.

Perhaps they felt, as many perpetrators of violence against women do, that Ms. Boles deserved it. Perhaps she was asking for it. Maybe it was the way she looked at them, or the clothes she was wearing. Men use these excuses all the time for abusing women and children.

I believe that Mr. Leef’s actions were premeditated, having sized up his prey before he struck, and having known she was a slightly built woman. He didn’t approach her to talk through the situation as any decent man would have. If the vandal had been of a more substantial stature, or more numerous, I’m sure he would not have felt so brave.

Instead of catching a vandal, Mr. Leef and his accomplice have perpetrated yet another act of male violence against a woman. I am glad that Ms. Boles’s knees did not come in contact with, say, sharp rocks when she was overpowered, as that could cause lifelong injury.

This is an assault on the integrity of Leef’s office. It is yet another assault on the integrity of men. Worse, it perpetuates the message that violence against women is OK, that there are no consequences for the perpetrators.

This is nothing but an act of cowardice that has no justification whatsoever. Mr. Leef has entirely dishonored himself and his office, and helped undermine the efforts of those who work to bring an end to male acts of violence against women and children. Shame on you.

Garret Gillespie


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Two people walk up the stairs past an advance polling sign at the Canda Games Centre on April 4. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
April 12 is polling day: Here’s how to vote

If in doubt, electionsyukon.ca has an address-to-riding tool

Yukon Party leader Currie Dixon addressing media at a press conference on April 8. The territorial election is on April 12. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Getting to know Currie Dixon and the Yukon Party platform

A closer look at the party leader and promises on the campaign trail

Yukon NDP leader Kate White, surrounded by socially distanced candidates, announces her platform in Whitehorse on March 29. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Getting to know Kate White and the Yukon NDP Platform

A detailed look at the NDP platform and Kate White’s leadership campaign this election

Crystal Schick/Yukon News
Sandy Silver announces the territorial election in Whitehorse. Silver is seeking a second term as premier and third term as Klondike MLA. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Getting to know Sandy Silver and the Yukon Liberal platform

Yukon Liberal Leader Sandy Silver is vying for a second term as… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
This week at city hall

A look at issues discussed by Whitehorse city council at its April 6 meeting.

Point-in-Time homeless count planned this month

Volunteers will count those in shelters, short-term housing and without shelter in a 24-hour period.

The Yukon’s new ATIPP Act came into effect on April 1. Yukoners can submit ATIPP requests online or at the Legislative Assembly building. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News file)
New ATIPP Act in effect as of April 1

The changes promise increased government transparency

A new conservancy in northern B.C. is adjacent to Mount Edziza Provincial Park. (Courtesy BC Parks)
Ice Mountain Lands near Telegraph Creek, B.C., granted conservancy protection

The conservancy is the first step in a multi-year Tahltan Stewardship Initiative

Yukon RCMP reported a child pornography-related arrest on April 1. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press file)
Whitehorse man arrested on child pornography charges

The 43-year-old was charged with possession of child pornography and making child pornography

Team Yukon athletes wave flags at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony in Whitehorse. The postponed 2022 event in Wood Buffalo, Alta., has been rescheduled for Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2023. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
New dates set for Arctic Winter Games

Wood Buffalo, Alta. will host event Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2023

Victoria Gold Corp. has contributed $1 million to the First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun after six months of production at the Eagle Gold Mine. (Submitted/Victoria Gold Corp.)
Victoria Gold contributes $1 million to First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun

Victoria Gold signed a Comprehensive Cooperation and Benefits Agreement in 2011

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speaks to media in Whitehorse on October 30, 2020. Hanley is now encouraging Yukon to continue following health regulations, noting it could still be some time before changes to restrictions are made. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
No active COVID cases in Yukon

Hanley highlights concerns over variants, encourages vaccinations

Most Read