Stabbings, swarmings, shootings... One Great City!

After my first experience as a reporter looking for information on what seemed like a serious assault at The Forks yesterday, I am extremely disappointed with the citizens of Winnipeg, and have a new respect for reporters in that position.

Not only did everyone I spoke to say they never saw anything, but as you can see in the picture, and read from the Branigan's employees account, only one of the hundred or so people in the vicinity stopped to see if the guy was OK.

He was staggering, trying to stand, falling backwards, convulsing on the ground, and the guy on the next bench continued to eat his sandwich.

This is one of the most disturbing things I've seen/heard since my short time here at began. (And there has been a few disturbing stories - assaults, shootings, stabbings, swarmings, and then there are the politicians...)

Another example is the girl that got jumped on Ellice Avenue during the noon hour. Apparently noon is the worst time to get rolled in Winnipeg. Nobody will pay attention to you, even if it is the middle of the day.

As for being a reporter just trying to do his job, I was surprised at how many people look at you as if you are enjoying the fact that someone was beaten up, just because you want to find someone that saw what happened.

The abuse reporters take just trying to find answers... it's incredible.

The guy who got beaten up refused police assistance... I wonder why? Is he afraid of retaliation?

What a world we live in.

Will gangs rule the streets of Winnipeg forever? It seems to have only gotten worse in the last 10 years.

At the risk of sounding like an old crotchety man.... I have to say it wasn't like this when I was a kid... and I'm only 29.


Kris Merrells » May 13th 2007, 15:01


It is our insulation, our lack of community that makes us this way. We try to protect ourselves from harm by isolating ourselves from others, whom we have learned to fear. When confronted by a situation where someone else is in need of help, our instinct for self-preservation overrides our instinct to help. Ironically, this puts us at an even greater risk, because who will help us when we are in need? If the answer is no one, then we are empowering those who would harm us, encouraging them to not only continue with this behaviour, but to increase it.

Yes, this result was an unintentional by-product of our desire for self-preservation, and perhaps we can excuse ourselves from blame this once. However, if we allow the situation to get worse knowing what our behaviour is causing, then we will have only ourselves to blame.

Scott Bones » May 14th 2007, 08:14


I think our desire for instant gratification also has blinded us. Fill up with gas, just swipe at the pump and don't talk to anyone. Need cash, just swipe at the instant teller and don't talk to anyone. Groceries, just swipe at the checkout and don't talk to anyone.
We are forgetting what it is to be human by going through life never talking to anyone. Family suppers are even a thing of the past, (just eat instant food in front of the television).
There is hope. Just start saying hello to people and lend a hand. Even if it means asking the stumbling person who was just beaten up if they are okay,(good Samaritan anyone?).

Matt Pearce » May 14th 2007, 11:05


well said Scott

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