A book by Barry Heath, a former Saskatchewan coroner and veterinarian, that recounts the experience of the Humboldt Broncos is coming off the shelves of Indigo as parents stress that their families are still healing.
Humboldt Broncos book kicks up controversy
Writing on Twitter, @rowanna_09 argues that the author of the book is not honouring victims.
Further, she adds that she is “truly disappointed” at the fact that they published against families’ wishes.
“Please do not purchase this book if you’re still grieving like the rest of us. Humboldt Broncos forever,”
To the author of the book,
If you think honouring the players & coaches is by publishing a book for profit against the families wishes, this isn’t it. Truly disappointed.
Please do not purchase this book if your still grieving like the rest of us.
Humboldt Broncos forever. pic.twitter.com/5dLlq80dGS
— Rowanna 💜 (@rowanna_09) October 9, 2018
Multiple families have also made their displeasure known via other social media sites urging people no to buy the book.
Global News quotes a victim’s father who writes on Facebook saying:
“Please do not purchase this book. Dr. Heath asked families for input and not one family agreed to provide input.
He was told that the families were not ready to tell the collective story about the tragic day in April.”
Titled Humble Beginnings of the Humboldt Broncos and the 2017-2018 Team, the book recounts the crash in detail.
According to the BBC, a tractor-trailer collided with the team’s bus on 6 April. Unfortunately, ten players from the Humboldt Broncos hockey team perished, with others seriously injured.
Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
Further, the BBC reports that the driver of the trailer was arrested and arraigned in court.
Almost 3 months later, Jaskirat Sidhu was found guilty of 16 counts of dangerous operation of motor vehicle.
A recent Global News report reveals that the owner of the trucking company also received charges. Particularly, Sukhmander Singh who faces charges of “of non-compliance with various federal and provincial safety regulations.”
In light of the release of the controversial Humboldt Broncos book, the author is adamant the book is in order.
Heath says he is sorry some families feel slighted by his decision to recount the crash. Further, he argues that the 5000-hour effort is a service to the Humboldt Broncos fraternity.
He adds that all the proceeds from the book will go towards helping the club financially.
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