Letter to the Editor

Go forth, but don’t multiply How much stupider can they get? The athletes at the Canada Winter Games are here for sports, not sex.

Go forth, but

don’t multiply

How much stupider can they get?

The athletes at the Canada Winter Games are here for sports, not sex.

The Yukon government is telling young people to have sex by passing out condoms and very suggestive literature.

Just think how many homeless people the Salvation Army could have fed with $70,000 and how many bed spaces could have been created.

The government should be required, as should everyone passing out condoms or advice, to issue a disclaimer: “Warning — condoms break!” Frequently.

Sadly, nobody is into telling the truth. They are too busy making a political statement.

How many young women will go home pregnant because they were pushed into having sex?

They came to represent their provinces and territories. Couldn’t we have left it at that?

Dale Worsfold

Watson Lake

Doggone frustrating

For more than a year, parents, school councillors and the administration of Porter Creek Secondary School have been working to implement the Dogs for Drug Free School program to address the institution’s drug problem.

Experts who initiated the program in Alberta several years ago visited Whitehorse to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Dogs for Drug Free Schools program.

Rather than study the proposal to death, or stick our heads in the sand regarding the problem of drugs in our school, we decided to initiate the program as soon as possible.

It was hoped that the program would start last September.

Unfortunately, one family with a student at the school has caused a delay and may even jeopardize the program.

They have filed a human rights complaint.

The family claims their daughter has a life-threatening allergy to dogs and that the school and council are infringing on her rights to go to school in a ‘dog-free’ environment.

How can one family stop a very positive program that will protect our kids and perhaps provide them with a ‘drug free’ environment at school?

The family, the Yukon Human Rights Commission and the department of Education were assured by the Dogs for Drug Free School committee that measures would be taken to just about guarantee the allergic girl would not be in contact with the dog.

First, the committee would  acquire a hypoallergenic dog, i.e., a dog that is known to have little allergy-causing dander.

Other measures would include restricting the dog to certain areas of the school, ensuring a thorough cleaning of the school on a daily basis and scheduling the girl’s classes to avoid areas where the dog would be present.

Where would the human rights commission stand if a blind student required the use of a seeing-eye dog? Or if a physically or mentally challenged student required a dog to function in the school environment?

The family doctor determined that dander from the drug dog may cause a life-threatening allergic reaction.

What about the dander from a seeing-eye dog, or the dander that clings to many students and teachers when they leave home?

As a member of the drug dog committee, I’m frustrated this program is being stalled by one family’s threat.

The protection of hundreds of students from drugs and drug dealers is being forsaken for one person’s complaint.

Are parents prepared to suggest other ways to protect our kids from the scum who make a living selling illegal drugs?

This project has support from the whole community.

Is the community willing to sit quietly while one family dictates if and when this project will begin?

Mike Gladish

Whitehorse

Yukon’s shame

Recent news headlines on animal abuse expose the Yukon’s dirty secret on how our ‘frontier’ society mistreats animals and is complicit in the mistreatment of pets.

 During the last election campaign, all political parties promised to toughen up animal-protection legislation.

The current government has been in power for four months, but has done nothing to stop or reduce animal abuse in the territory.

Yet, it has given $50,000 to fund the Yukon Quest, an event that exploits dogs for sport and often results in dog fatalities and injuries.

So far, three dogs have died on this year’s Quest. Their owners are allowed to continue the race.

When it comes to the sport of dog mushing, the public and the media only see the glamour and excitement of the race. What about the rest of the year when the dogs are tethered on a chain for long periods of time?

What about the culling/killing that takes place, or the discarding of undesirable sled dogs to animal shelters in the pursuit of the perfect racing team?

Why doesn’t the media cover that side of dog mushing?

How much more animal abuse has to occur before this problem is addressed?

Keith Williams

Whitehorse

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