Sports news has been dominating headlines, thanks largely to the Olympics in Vancouver. Canadians have been keeping a close watch on the country's athletes, analyzing results and offering opinions on every event.
Too many goals?
One Olympic issue arises from blowout victories in women's hockey, where Canada won 18-0 over Slovakia, 10-1 over Switzerland and 13-1 against Sweden. The lopsided scores have provoked questions about whether women's hockey is a legitimate Olympic sport, since the Canadian and U.S. teams outplay other countries so consistently.
We asked whether you think blowouts are hurting the Games.
Commenter Technocrat says they are: "It is simply not credible that only two countries have a realistic shot at the gold or silver (Canada and U.S.), one country has a long shot (Sweden), and the other countries have absolutely no chance at all. If they're not going to allow women to ski jump, then they should remain consistent about it and put a break in women's hockey until there is more parity."
Another commenter, tired of nonsense, disagrees: "I am so sick and tired of hearing about how our women's hockey team should not be running up the score. They have worked hard to get to where they are and play an amazing game. Stating that they should not run up the score is disgraceful to our women's team and an insult to other women's teams who have made it to the Olympics."
Clad in a crisp navy blue blazer and light blue shirt, Tiger Woods confessed and apologized for his marital infidelities on Friday. We asked you to rate the golf star's apology, and 1,047 of you voted in the unscientific online poll posted on Friday afternoon.
Most respondents were unimpressed, with 41 per cent rating his apology "poor," while 22 per cent called it "fair." Eighteen per cent rated it "good," and 19 per cent went so far as to say it was "excellent."
Whether a public apology was necessary was the topic of some debate.
"Why do I need to forgive him?" wondered commenter JayJay. "He didn't do anything to me. He's a golfer. All he needs to do is forgive himself and hope someday his ex-wife and his children will forgive him. He doesn't owe the public an apology!"
Some were unimpressed with the way the media handled the story. RuthMH scolded: "If anyone should be apologizing, it's the media for its prurient obsession with Tiger Woods' private affairs (pun intended). Does the fact that he had an affair (as though no one else ever did) change his ability to play golf?"
Take a seat
Elderly and disabled transit riders in Ottawa appear to have lost a bid to win more territory at the front of the bus from stroller-pushing parents. City hall's transit committee has decided not to vote on proposals from groups representing seniors and people with disabilities on managing priority seating. Instead, the committee endorsed a staff recommendation that advocates for seniors and the disabled say is not tough enough.
They want wheelchair users, other people with disabilities and seniors to be officially given higher priority than people pushing strollers for seats at the front of buses. They also want limits on the size of strollers allowed on buses, and say caregivers should be "strongly encouraged" to fold strollers.
Council is to vote Wednesday on the issue.
We asked what you thought of priority seating on public transit, and 284 of you voted in our poll. A majority (57 per cent) said the elderly and people with disabilities should get priority seating. Parents with young children received the support of two per cent in the unscientific poll. The remaining 41 per cent were split between "all of the above" (32 per cent) and "none of the above" (nine per cent).
Argued commenter Steve Bartlett: "There should be NO priority seating, and NO discount fares for anyone, during rush hours. Other than that, the elderly should have priority. Wheelchairs and strollers should be banned from public transit unless the rider is willing to pay for the extra seats these devices take away from others."
IrishMomma commented that it isn't a clear-cut issue: "I am neither a senior or disabled (yet) but I know some very fit seniors and blind and deaf people, who are therefore disabled, who do not need to sit at the front of the bus, and would tell you that."
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