Cartoon on officer’s death devalued mental illness

Both people in tragic Alberta situation deserved to live

Re: Editorial cartoon, death of Const. David Wynne (News Gazette, Jan. 28)

I am offended this cartoon in regards to the priority order of murder/ suicides.

There is no question, every time a person is killed, either in uniform in the line of duty or in the general public, by someone suffering mental health issues, it is a tragedy to the family, friends and society in general.

It is also tragic that before this heinous act was contemplated, there was a failure to recognize the mental illness and supply treatment that may have prevented the act.

What is suggested in the cartoon violates our moral and society’s standard that every life is worth saving. I do not think David Wynne went to work as a police constable with the attitude the cartoon portrayed, in relation to his death.

I suggest that an apology to your readers and his family in is order, as is a statement of support to the front-line workers on the mental health battlefield. With underfunding it is a difficult and demoralizing battle.

Kenneth Wray Pinnell


Just Posted

Still barriers to abortion access on Vancouver Island

Experts say transportation, support, doctors can be barriers to accessing abortion

Victoria Police host Faith-Based Safety Forum in light of recent religious attacks

More than 35 faith-based leaders voice concerns, air questions

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

UPDATED: B.C. man says he’ll take People’s Party lawsuit as far as he can

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

Canada stripping citizenship from Chinese man over alleged marriage fraud

The move comes amid severely strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing

Most Read