GINTA – What’s the best way to deal with a lack of empathy?

(Image: Nicola Valley Search and Rescue – Facebook)

EVERY NOW AND THEN certain news makes me go silent. ‘How is that possible?’ is all I can think. Such was the case of the recent break-ins (yes plural, since it happened in two consecutive nights) at the Merritt compound of the Nicola Valley Search and Rescue.

In one word: heinous. The organization, like the rest of them across B.C., is run by volunteers. An admirable group of people to say the least. You’d think even a thief (or however many) would just believe enough in bad karma and skip the ‘job’.

After the two consecutive-day break-ins, $8000 worth of equipment was missing and while some of the less expensive stuff has since been found, most of it is still missing. This means that should there be any calls requiring some of that equipment, they could not be honoured.

It sounds extreme, but the one line that sums up the implications of this callous act is: people might die because of some heartless individuals who could not stop themselves from robbing a search-and-rescue compound of all places.


Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at, or through her blog at

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