GINTA – Let’s stop being bystanders to domestic abuse

Jennifer Quesnel. (Image: GoFundMe)

I WAS PLANNING TO MAKE THIS COLUMN about the often-forgotten pandemic which is the logging of B.C.’s old-growth forests but on Saturday morning I came across a story that made me postpone my topic until next time.

Last week, John Quesnel, a resident of Salt Spring Island, ambushed and killed his recently estranged wife, Jennifer Quesnel. A week before, she had finally decided to leave him him after 18 years of ‘controlling and abusive behaviour’ according to a statement released by her family.

It’s impossible to imagine the heartbreak of their three young sons, and her family’s, too. What angered me past the obvious though was how a reporter relayed this tragic story. It reads like a mix of excuses and occasional praises to the man who cowardly killed his wife before killing himself.


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

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