The family of Maria Pantazopoulos, who drowned on the weekend, is trying to find someone to blame in her death. Of course the family is hurting but they should be careful about laying unfair blame because of their grief.
Sue Smith on CBC is on radio trying to press the mayor of Rawdon, who sounds both saddened and very reasonable, to admit the river is an exceptionally hazardous location. He keeps saying in various ways that he’s sorry about the death but he can’t stop adults doing risky things if they’re determined to do them. (Why do journalists take this line? They can’t really want everything fenced off, padded with cotton, manned with security guys to warn people off dangerous natural features like, you know, rivers and rocks and things.)
Had Pantazopoulos donated her wedding dress to charity instead of following the decadent fad of wilfully destroying it, her family wouldn’t now be trying to blame the photographer, the town of Rawdon and anyone else for an error of judgement. I hope if this somehow gets to court, the judge will have the good sense to call misadventure rather than blaming anyone.