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A good news news story story

April 23, 2012

I got an email the other day from Chilliwack Times reporter Tyler Olsen regarding a story his paper published last Thursday about some local optician who set up shop in town after getting out of jail in Ontario. Turns out he broke a bunch of eye-related rules back east and is now pissing off the locals in Chilliwack.

Tyler writes:

Hi, thought you might be interested in this story. Of note, is the fact that this guy advertised in our paper prior to the story’s publication. Nevertheless, the advertising folks and Nick Bastaja, the paper’s publisher, never tried to kill the story. And my colleague Cornelia Naylor made it worth their effort by writing a real good, fair piece. It’s too bad that it’s noteworthy when a community paper has enough integrity to actually publish a somewhat-negative story about an advertiser. Still, given how much advertising influences editorial decisions at some papers, it’s worth bragging about.

Here’s how that story starts:

A former Ontario optician who was fined $17 million for contempt of court, served one year in jail and was stripped of his Ontario optician’s licence for repeatedly flouting his home province’s health legislation has set up shop in Chilliwack.

Now local opticians say he’s breaking the law here too.

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[UPDATE]: As Lachlan notes in the comments, the guy has an argument to make about the eyewear industry as a whole (which the story touches on).

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  1. Lachlan L.
    April 23, 2012 at 11:49 am

    This is the guy who made headlines recently when he kind of exposed how much the eyewear industry is gouging consumers. Hope folks don’t judge him by the lede.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/02/23/marketplace-prescription-glasses.html

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