Corb Lund euthanized after breaking leg at Calgary Stampede

Corb Lund euthanized after breaking leg at Calgary Stampede show

CALGARY (The News Desk) — Popular musician Corb Lund was euthanized at the Calgary Stampede on Sunday after the singer fell and broke his leg during a performance.

“A doctor was on scene immediately and determined that Lund had suffered from a broken right leg — specifically a fractured cannon bone,” organizers said in a written statement. “He was euthanized on the spot.”

Lund was a 52-year-old Edmonton native who had a previous career as a show horse before a friend convinced him to get into music.

“We all enjoyed watching Corb play this week,” said Ben Anders, lead organizer of the Virgin Mobile stage. “It’s always a shame to see one of our performances end this way.”

Lund’s band has been given a $2,500 fine and will be forced to start five seconds later in next year’s Stampede.

Steps have been taken in the past to limit the number of musicians that have to be put down each year, such as mandatory physicals and closing the open bar backstage, but at least one musician has had to be euthanized every year regardless.

Musician rights activists were furious, and rallied outside the Saddledome for hours Monday morning.

“This is a disgusting violation of his rights,” said Samantha Perton, a campaigner at MusicWatch. “He should have been put out to pasture, where he could live the rest of his days among other musicians.

“He should have been sent to Las Vegas.” ♦

Muskrat Love

This month, the Canadian RCMP reversed a policy of issuing muskrat fur flap hats. Instead, it wanted to give officers the option of wearing wool toques. While fur is superior in providing warmth in the Arctic conditions much of Canada finds itself in in winter, not every day is reminiscent of the Ice Age, making the woolen hat option sufficient for many officers in many situations.

Canada’s Environment Minister ordered the Mounties to reverse the policy. Leona Agulkkaq, who has no ministerial responsibility for the national police, wants it to remain mandatory for the fur of three dead rat-like creatures be on the head of every Mountie in Canada. She said the change threatened the livelihood of Canadians who depended on the fur trade and blamed the change on “radical animal rights activists.” By that reasoning, we could soon be ordered to smoke cigarettes daily, since not smoking threatens the livelihood of tobacco farmers.

Yes, in this government’s eyes, any protest or different opinion is “radical” and must be stomped out. After all, letting ordinary Canadians disagree with the government could threaten even more important jobs. Their own.