Constance Barnes' suggestion that misbehaving parents at kids' sports events should do pushups was partly tongue-in-cheek but the Vancouver Park Board commissioner is trying to draw attention to a serious chronic problem at Canada's hockey rinks and ballfields.
Barnes' proposal that parents who are habitual boo birds and who bully players and refs should be required to do 100 pushups or donate bags of oranges to the opposing team has raised eyebrows since it was tabled last week.
Barnes, who belongs to the city's governing Vision Vancouver civic party, suggested the punishments as part of her motion for a spectators' code of conduct. The board approved it 3-2 at its Monday-evening meeting, the Vancouver Sun reported.
But not without some finger-wagging from fellow Commissioner Melissa DeGenova of the opposition Non-Partisan Association, who apparently didn't seen anything funny in the idea of soccer moms and hockey dads being told to "drop and give me 100."
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