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Osoyoos editor won’t apologize

February 10, 2012

While The Province reported earlier that Osoyoos Times editor Keith Lacey regretted his rant and planned to write an apology, CHBC is reporting that only half of that is true.

CHBC News has learned the Osoyoos Times plans to write a retraction on the editorial that slammed a local police officer.

However, Keith Lacey, editor of the Osoyoos Times, says the newspaper will not be writing an apology.


The editor declined an on-camera interview with CHBC News but says he maintains his story and he was not intoxicated when he wrote the editorial.

Lacey says he plans to correct parts of the editorial that the RCMP officer involved has issues with and while he does not regret what he wrote, he wishes that none of this happened.

Earlier in the day he told The Province: “Some may think what I wrote was slanderous, but I wrote the truth. I’ve obviously got to write an apology and it will be sincere.” Upon reading that, I wondered privately whether he could, in fact, write such an apologize while still maintaining that he told the truth. It seems he may have had similar thoughts. (Although he did tell The Province “I obviously did something wrong writing about” that night’s events.

From the CBC:

In an interview with the CBC on Friday, Lacey said he was “willing to have the video released.”

Lacey said, regarding his editorial, “I don’t know if I should have written it. What I wrote is the truth. Maybe putting the officer’s name in the piece was a mistake. ”

As of Friday morning, the RCMP said it had not yet decided if it would release the video footage.


And from CTV:

The editor told CTV News he stands by his characterization and welcomes the RCMP video’s release. He says the paper plans to issue a clarification to his editorial, but not a retraction.

  1. February 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Now there is a petition to have this embarrassment fired.

  2. dherman
    February 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Give me break. First Lacey says he’s going to issue a sincere appology, now he has changed his mind and is going to issue a partial retraction. If he needs to issue a retraction then should he not be making an appolgy for HIS errors. No one likes being stopped by police but a few minutes of inconvenience from time to time is a small price for all of us to pay so that the police can get impaired drivers off the road. The fact is that Lacey HAD been drinking. No he was not impaired but he could have been. All the RCMP officer did was his job. A so-called power tripping cop would have given Lacey a ticket for his dirty license place. The RCMP Corporal used good judgement in the face of a power-tripping editor putting on a show for his girlfriend.

  3. julie pawlak
    February 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    as a wife of an RCMP member (18 years) I would like to present a question to this reporter. Have you ever been to an accident scene where a drunk driver has wiped out an entire family, decapitated a small child, killed a mother of three? My husband has. And let me tell you….every single RCMP member out there that is DOING THEIR JOB to make sure that people are not DRUNK (including you, Mr. Seemingly Untouchable and your girlfriend too). So next time you decide to purchase some alcolhol, and hey we can all appreciate a hard week at work and the need to unwind, just please keep this in mind – I dont care what you do for a living…I dont care if you OWN that newspaper, if you are a foreign diplomat, the freakin prime minister or the comissioner of the RCMP himself, if you are suspect of drinking while driving, or even have the intent to do so (because you never know where that empty bottle will end up), this member was SIMPLY doing his job. Suck it up you arrangant jerk, you are a nothing in the big sea of life.

  4. February 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Wait. How can the paper say it’s not issuing a retraction when the original editorial has *already* been removed from the site? How can that be anything *but* a retraction?

    So, now that I’ve read three news outlets’ interpretation of their interviews with Lacey, I’m of the firm belief his publisher needs to intervene – despite being on vacation – if only for humanitarian reasons.

    This guy is sounding more and more unbalanced. Anyone else seeing this?

  5. February 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I think it’s past time for Mr. Lacey to stop talking. He’s just digging deeper holes for himself. For a guy who works in the business, he sure lacks any sense of the importance of public perception and relations.

    Is he *trying* to get fired?

  6. February 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Hope this doesn’t turn into “I sue youse!” time.

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