Earlier this year, the fatal crash of the bus carrying a Saskatchewan junior hockey team sent the entire nation into a period of mourning.
Only fourteen of the thirty passengers on the Humboldt Broncos' bus survived the April 2018 crash, which came about after a negligent truck driver ignored a yield sign.
TL;DR Author Barry Heath is publishing a new book about the Humboldt Broncos, the junior hockey team who fatal bus collision made headlines earlier this year. The victims' families have condemned Heath.
The story drew international attention. Even Queen Elizabeth offered her condolences.
In the months since, communities and families in Saskatchewan have attempted to heal and ensure that the young players are never forgotten.
Those efforts were thwarted this week, however, when an opportunistic author announced the forthcoming release of his own book about the team.
Barry Heath has no apparent connection to the tragedy but decided to publish his account nonetheless.
The book, Humble Beginnings of the Humboldt Broncos, is available through Chapters/Indigo.
The victims' families have already denounced the book and encouraged Canadians not to buy it, according to Global News.
Please read this story. And do not buy the book. https://t.co/eMz6xtUN8K— HUMBOLDT JERSEY #Humboldtstrong (@HumboldtJersey) October 8, 2018
Heath has attempted to make a name for himself with sensational publications, which have included true crime stories and a memoir detailing his career as a coroner.
Chapters representatives have yet to release a statement in response to the outcry, but it's likely only a matter of time until the book is pulled from the shelves.
@chaptersindigo stop selling this book! The PARENTS of the victims asked it not be written. Barry Heath is so greedy he doesnt care. Maybe you guys could force him to care by NOT selling a tragic story that the parents have asked not be written. pic.twitter.com/oJEL2v3YOn— Tiffany K (@Luvs_Kitties) October 9, 2018