Let’s Hope Murder Will Always Be Newsworthy

Let’s Hope Murder Will Always Be Newsworthy

submitted by Farnell Morisset  

Apparently, Québec City has about as much street crime as Disney World.  Today was our first murder of the year. Michael Cadiuex, a 19-year-old welding student, was stabbed to death in his home around 4:00 AM, and his girlfriend was seriously wounded but is expected to make a full recovery. Initial reports from neighbours suggest the victim wasn’t even the intended target.  When it comes to these things, one victim is always one too many.

However, I’d like to take a minute for us to reflect on the fact that we live in a city where, every year, the first murder of the year is a (regrettable) noteworthy story.  This simple fact, despite all the criticisms we face, is proof that our society works.  Next time we get carried away and turn a sports and cultural complex into an existential social crisis, let’s remember that.  Regardless of all the rest, we are among the safest, least violent, and most peaceful people in the world. 

Annually, only 1 out of 750 000 of us falls prey to the very worst in us.  Single districts in Brooklyn are pushing 60 stabbings or shootings so far this year alone.  In Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, you have a 0.13% chance of being murdered per year.  If you live your whole life there, you stand a nearly 10% chance of dying this way – that’s one in ten of your friends with a closed casket. And there are places where the statistics aren’t even kept. 

So while we may bicker about the little things and our passions might get the best of us, at least try to remember next time you’re walking down the street and someone smiles that you have a very good reason to smile back. 

Our thoughts and best wishes are with Mr. Cadieux’s friends and family and his recovering girlfriend, and may the rest of us never understand their pain.
Article and photo courtesy of FourFourSeven

About the author:

Born and raised in Québec City, Farnell Morisset attended English school throughout his primary, secondary, and CEGEP studies, before ultimately choosing to stay in Québec City and study civil engineering at Laval University, where he served as president of the civil engineering student association. It was there that he discovered his affinity for writing and commentary, preparing a weekly column in the student newspaper dealing with the issues he, as president of the association, felt were important and relevant.

Having completed his engineering studies, Farnell felt there was a lack of reasonable, moderate discussion on the issues of modern social identity for many Québecois who, like him, felt deeply connected to the Québecois nation and culture yet did not identify with the traditional francophone non-practicing Catholic nationalist image. He was also alarmed by what seemed to be an invasive and aggressive polarization of complex social issues for which there are no black-and-white answers. This eventual identity crisis, he feels, will only be solved through good faith in, and honest communication with, all sides pulling on our ever dwindling “pure laine” blanket.

It is with his in mind that he founded FourFourSeven.org, which he hopes will become one of many voices of reason in what may become our generation’s most important critical debate on national identity.

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Farnell Morisset

Farnell Morisset has an engineering degree from Université Laval and common law and civil law degrees from McGill University, where he also studied economics.