Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The above expression, is similar to night and day, but "day and night" implies things got worse whereas "night and day" implies things got better. This week's news reporting with respect to the Crowsnest Learning Centre (CLC) by our local print media was by far the former, rather than the later... i.e. "like day and night".
Locals here know that Lisa and Buddy, and Gail before them, at the Pass Herald were staunch (some would say fanatical) supporters of the CLC. Yet, in their newspaper this week the sale of said property was relegated to the back pages (P.14)? Their story was done almost like an after thought. How strange?
Unlike the Crowsnest Promoter who not only made it their lead front page story but editor Joni MacFarlane did an excellent editorial on it as well.
The Herald's back page coverage of this sale coincides (either coincidentally or by design?) nicely with what some in the community believe is suspect timing with Devon Canada's generous and much appreciated donation of the Ski Hill to our community. Almost like the timing was done to deliberately distract peoples attention away from this sale? Like the relegating of this story to the back pages? Out of sight, out of mind? Anyhow, the difference in reporting on this story, especially in lieu of the fact of one paper's former vested interest with the CLC, is not only "like day and night" but begs the question "what's going on here?"
Also noticed the municipality is once again advertising in the newspapers? Could an arrangement and 'understanding' have been reached here?
Getting back to the Herald's coverage. I find their article as reported "Although there is no definite timeline as to when development will begin or end" to be quite disturbing, to say the least. Speaking of which, Dean Ward has some other interesting questions with respect to this sale. Take a boo here.
The fact that both mayor and council (especially councillors with blogs) have gone stone-silent on this sale of the CLC raises even more questions? Based only on a two-page press release from Riversdale the mayor faced with a camera lens or someone holding a pen was all over that story like fleas on a dog. He couldn't talk about it and gloat about it enough. Like he had struck gold. Bonanza! Yet here, with a deal he and the CAO have been supposedly working on for almost a year now, we hear diddly-squat? No press release, no details, no blogging congratulating themselves, no municipal Facebook or website announcements, no nothing? This alone raises even more questions that something is not kosher in Denmark, as the saying goes. Almost one year of negotiating and now they're trying to sweep it under the rug. Good Luck trying that! What gives is what people are asking?
The Ratepayers had a general meeting last week and an executive one last night. At both these well-attended meetings much was discussed and members in attendance were brought up to date on the executive's activities and future plans. Its encouraging to see like-minded people having only the best interest of their community at heart coming together to stand up for it. How disappointing then to see absolutely no coverage of this by our local print media in this week's newspapers? Knowing or suspecting as we do that at least one paper has, yet again, been bought off, has the other one been too?
Alternative Media plays an important role in our community but more people still rely on print media for their information on their community. For this reason alone, people need to give kudos when they do good like what Joni has done on the CLC story, and when they don't, like this week's Pass Herald on that same story. When both papers totally ignore reporting on a Ratepayer meeting they attended then they are not only letting down their community but also they are not doing their job, and need to be told this.
Pass Herald - email@example.com (403) 562-2248
Crowsnest Promoter - firstname.lastname@example.org (403) 562-8884
When the media refuses to inform and the public no longer questions, that truly is the beginning of the end of democracy.