To The Editor:
When I saw all the litter and garbage that people left behind at the Toronto Raptors parade and rally, I did not feel that Torontonians behaved like ‘champions’.
At the very least there could have been reminders from the stage and along the route telling fans to take their waste home if they were unable to find a proper bin for disposal. Especially now, with attention being paid to the cost and environmental harm incurred from the careless disposal of single-use plastics, that's an important message to repeat.
On Rally Day lax attitudes toward the crime of littering could not have been more evident. You had the police everywhere and all the top-level public officials there, yet no one said a word about waste. Think of the example all that littering sets for kids.
So many things could be done to dissuade this collective bad habit. I fail to understand the vacuum of silence from leadership whether in politics, policing, sports or media on the anti-social behaviour of littering. Can we not see more thoughtful actions and conversations on littering generally? That would be truly ‘Raptorious’!