Dave Duncan

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Litigation: The Cause of, AND Solution to Life’s Problems

I used to think that mosquitoes were the worst beings on this planet. I mean, all they do is annoy you, bite you, drink your blood, and leave a nasty welt. Lately though, I’m starting to think that a different animal entirely is the worst being on the planet. People. People… are the worst.

For example, two girls in Manitoba sued their high-school for not letting them play on the boy’s Ice Hockey team… even though the school has a girl’s Ice Hockey team. The sisters won their suit and then failed to make the team in tryouts. If this was in the U.S. I bet they’d sue again claiming the tryouts for the boy’s hockey team are discriminatory and use gender-biased criteria for passing. Still, they got some money out of it.

Even the school board is shaking their heads at how this will turn out. Still, this makes me wonder if I could get a few bucks out of my old high school for not giving me the opportunity to shine on any number of girl’s teams.

So now that I sound like a total misogynist (which I’m not… chicks are great), let me move on to the real part of my rant. These girls aren’t crusaders for human rights. They were upset with the calibre of hockey on the girl’s team (which they felt was beneath their abilities) and wanted to play on a team with a higher calibre. This lawsuit was about personal gain, not some societal injustice.

Fortunately, here in Canada, these lawsuits aren’t as common place as they are in the U.S. but it’s still a shame that our courts have to be tied up dealing with this stuff rather than the real injustices… like polite young men being sold a used car that turns out to be a lemon, or why the same polite young man just can’t seem to win at Roll Up The Rim.

I guess the lesson I can learn from all this is that I need to have anyone who plays with the ZLF sign a waiver so that we don’t get sued for our astronomically low quality of play. Granted, we’re at least an equal opportunity league. Anyone (regardless of gender, sex, race or religion) is more than welcome to come out and make a fool of themselves. Now that’s a ringing endorsement if I’ve ever heard one.

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  1. Chris H September 28th, 2006 2:01 pm

    I was thinking i could go and easily be a star on the girls hockey team… easily… ok maybe not