Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ducks are people too, apparently

   If there's a more outrageous example of victim-blaming than the case of the dingbat, the ducks and the two dead motorcyclists, it doesn't spring immediately to mind. 
   Andre Roy and his 16 year old daughter, Jessie, were killed in June of  2010 when their motorcycle slammed into the back of Emma Czonobaj's car, which Czonobaj had parked in the passing lane of Autoroute 30 in Candiac to help a family of ducks cross the road. She'll be sentenced in December after being convicted this past June on two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing death.  The Crown is asking for a nine month jail term, along with community service and probation.  
   That there's a significant public outcry against sending Czonobaj to jail is not surprising.  She, too, is a victim of sorts, albeit of circumstance and her own stupidity.  But there's a dark underbelly to public sentiment in the form of a recurring theme that Roy is to blame for the accident because he was speeding (see comment section here). Evidence suggests his motorcycle was travelling anywhere between 113 and 129 kilometers per hour, which is over the speed limit but not unusual on an open highway like Autoroute 30, and certainly not anywhere near as reckless as parking your car in the passing lane of a major highway.
   Of course, it's all about the ducks.  If Czonobaj had left her car in the middle of the highway to relieve herself, pick flowers or collect empty beer cans to cash in at the grocery store, she'd be public enemy number one.  But have you seen how cute baby ducklings are?  Yes, they're living things, but common sense and the food chain dictate that compassion for hapless water fowl doesn't equate to the sanctity of human life.
   However honorable her motives, two people died because Emma Czonobaj was criminally negligent.  That makes her a criminal.  In a just, right-thinking society, criminals who cause the deaths of others go to jail, usually for a lot longer than nine months.
   She's getting off easy.


  1. The whole situation is just messed up. Just like to point out, this is Quebec, you where you're going? Safe driving distance?

  2. In a just and fair society, Winifred Agimelen and her three children who committed no crime against society and have every reason to fear for their safety in Nigeria would have been allowed to stay in Canada and Dany Villanueva, a known convicted criminal who has contributed nothing to Canadian society since being here would have been deported back to Honduras, but in our current society, it's the other way around. People who truly deserve to be here and contribute wholeheartedly to Canadian society are sent back due to the bureaucracy and criminals like Villanueva are allowed to stay because some bureaucrat is afraid to piss off a certain segment of society so they refer the matter to the minister instead of applying the letter of policy. If we are to apply the letter of the law to one segment, it must be applied to all, without exceptions.

    1. Excellent points. Common sense seems to be lacking all around us.

  3. How is it she was able to see ducks in a distance and have time to stop her car, get our and walk around to the front of the car but the man driving the motorcycle could not see an SUV that was stopped ahead of him? . I hear it reported there was sun in the horizon yet this would be the same horizon she would have been looking at when she saw the ducks. It leaves one to wonder if the driver of the motorcycle was concentrating on what was ahead of him or perhaps looking ba ck to see his wife on a trailing motorcycle. Yes her deed was reckless, but somehow logic would point to some neglect on the part of the motorcyclist. The events are no less tragic for all those involved.

  4. I still see blame being put on the motorcyclist. The bottom line is, had she not parked her car and not SUV in the passing lane of a highway, these two motorcyclist would not have died. That's it. We don't know why he only saw the stopped car at the last second, but I think we can all agree that the last thing we expect to come across on a highway is a stopped car in the left lane and when travelling at 100 km's per hour, that car comes up really quick. Stop blaming the motorcyclist. Think of this, would you be blaming him if it was your father, brother, uncle. I think not.