Winnipeg Sun | 18Jun2010 | Orest Slepokura

Canadians discriminate

Re: ‘Hate crime stats don’t tell the whole story,’ Mindelle Jacobs, June 15, 2010.

Jacobs ends her column exulting that “millions of Canadians [are] without a discriminatory bone in their bodies.” We discriminate all the time, in big ways and small, for a hundred different reasons, both good and bad.

Example: This past winter a wheelchair-bound patient on the curb outside Calgary’s Tom Baker Centre, unable to use his hands, asked me to light his cigarette, despite signs clearly prohibiting smoking. I snubbed him!

As I went to meet my ailing relative, a white-hot rage licked my guts as I pictured that smoker blithely consuming our valuable health resources.

Orest Slepokura, Strathmore, Alta

(She meant we are better than most countries.)