October 4th – No Comment

I am going back to Saturday’s edition of our local newspaper for today’s ‘News & Views Blog’.    On Saturday,  amidst the latest news on Covid, our recent federal election, and our first national  Truth and Reconciliation Day events, there was one article that stood out.    It was notable because, as usual, it did not warrant the attention of our vocal outspoken commenters.

The subject of this unassuming little article was ‘domestic homicide’.  Specifically it was in regards to the ongoing trial for a man who stands accused of killing his ex-wife.   Since the trial is ongoing and there is yet to be a verdict,  I obviously cannot speak to his guilt or innocence. 

What I can speak to is the fact that Saskatchewan has the highest per capita rate of domestic homicides in Canada. 

What I can speak to are the victims – males, females, tots to senior.  Those living in urban centres and those in rural areas.  The wife of a farmer and the wife of an oilfield worker (and her toddler son),  the politician, the teacher, the contractor, and the addictions counselor (and her three young children), all of them. All deserving of their precious lives and all deprived of them by someone who had committed to love and protect them.  

It is not an issue that is easy to address. Ignoring it will not make it go away. But apparently we can try.

Take care and have a good rest of this day! 💞

8 thoughts on “October 4th – No Comment

  1. There are multiple reasons I am sure but personally I think it is because our rate of domestic violence is so high, much of it due to poverty and addictions. Law enforcement, justice system, and advocacy groups are oblivious to those who are in most desperate need of protection and assistance. The middle and higher economic people caught up in seriously dysfunctional relationships.

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  2. Here people have no problem talking about domestic violence. They can push that off on race, poverty, addiction and mental health. There is always money and social agencies etc. working to help with domestic violence. What they won’t talk about here or address are the domestic homicides that all too often happen where those factors don’t necessarily apply or where they are at most a contributing factor. Where it is about greed, contempt, control, entitlement, and just straight up cruelty. The social agencies, law enforcement, the justice system, and even family, friends and neighbours are clueless on how to help people who get caught up in those situations. And that is where our biggest problem lies when it comes to domestic homicide.

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