PETERS – Some grace is in order for Carson Hadwin

(Image: CFJC Today)

IT HAS BEEN BOTH SAD AND FASCINATING to see people contort themselves into different pretzels, trying to find the most cynical angle to this week’s story of a boy getting lost at Sun Peaks.

Carson Hadwin, age 14, was snowboarding Sunday when he took a right instead of left.

An effort to get into a shed for shelter didn’t work, so he did what any of us adults would have done: he used the clues he observed to try to find a way back to civilization.

Carson followed sounds of snowmobiles and automobiles, knowing they would lead to people.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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1 Comment on PETERS – Some grace is in order for Carson Hadwin

  1. Yes, victim blaming is rampant and always has been. Investigating accidents, or in this case, ‘near misses’ (and I call it that because the result could have, at worst, been death). As a person who has spent several years in occupational health and safety I often look at what is often called the Domino Theory of Accident Prevention.

    This ‘theory’ purports to look for the root cause rather than the age old approach of blaming the victim as the careless offender. It’s investigation takes us right to the source (root cause). Here in the Carson Hadwin case, if this were investigated by some party like WorkSafe BC, (using the Domino approach) it might ask if the role that Sun Peaks management team played in this ‘near miss’ was negligent in 1. posting clear and adequate signage for the Out of Bounds area; 2. ensuring proper supervision at those areas; 3. initiating proper training of staff to guard against those that insist on skiing in the out of bounds areas; 4. providing adequate warnings at the time of issuing tickets; 5. letting 14 year olds ski without supervision of a responsible adult (probably too harsh). The bottom line is not blaming the victim of the ‘injury’, but investigating to see what management systems were and are in place to prevent another unfortunate incident which could have more serious consequences.

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