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Interior roundup

December 22, 2010 Comments off

Castlegar News reporter Kim Magi skis for the third time ever, faceplants into a snowbank and writes about the experience, which always makes for an entertaining story. Welcome to the Kootenays. Money quote:

Even though my first ski of the season brought many lessons and words of advice from various mountain-goers, the best came from Rossland News reporter Andrew Bennett:

“Just don’t fall into the ‘slow’ signs, because that’s really embarrassing.”


Kevin Parnell of the Kelowna Capital News profiles a hockey player who has turned his career around by finding a new attitude.

Across town at the Kelowna Daily Courier, Ron Seymour writes an interesting council story. It helps that it involves a grandfather-to-be councillor’s success at saving bunny rabbits. Nice pun in the lede too. Also, Kelowna has a councillor named Graeme James? Tough luck for him. (Among other things, the Daily Courier web stories really need paragraph breaks. It’s the least they can do to make it easier to read on the web.)

Two stories from Revelstoke Times-Review reporter Alex Cooper: one on two Revelstoke men on opposite ends of a dramatic rescue at Lake Louise; the other on the local high school’s embrace of social media. The latter seems like a great way to get parents involved in their kids’ schooling:

One parent (who asked not to be named) said he checked the blog for his son’s grade 12 biology class several times a week. He used to e-mail his son’s teachers for updates, which his son resented because he perceived it as going behind his back to keep track of his work. Now, the parent accesses the blog to find out what is going on in class and help out his son.


The Rossland News goes on the attack against a Mr. Dirty Hippo in an editorial. I’m not joking. He’s a mean web commenter, turns out. Then it gets better:

At about the same time, David Sidley — or at least someone calling from his phone — left a voice message at the Rossland News with regard to last week’s editorial. Without introducing himself, the caller jumped right into claims that “you are obviously just another psychopath” and described city staff as “minions,” in response to our critique of what we described as Coun. Laurie Charlton’s “persistent negativity.”

It was the caller’s opinion that “it’s not a real newspaper when you vilify people who don’t agree with your masters.” Masters? Ah yes, did we forget to mention the suitcase of cash we received for the editorial?


Ba-doop-boop-tssssh…(That’s supposed to sound like a symbol ala. Late Night)

Kevin Mitchell of the Vernon Morning Star writes that Kevin Martin is going to Hawaii and Jeff Stoughton is going to Winnipeg after their battle at a recently wrapped major curling event in Vernon. Martin’s team agreed that the game was really “a beauty.”

And another new reporter (OK, not brand new, I’m slow on the uptake): Megan Cole left Vancouver to work at the Fernie Free Press.  First she wanted to be a journalist. Then she wanted to be a lawyer. Then she wanted to be a journalist again. I’m guessing the paycheque convinced her. Or note. Either way, welcome. Now you can ask Kim for skiing lessons.

Finally, back in the Lower Mainland, here’s part two of Paul Henderson‘s two part series on a killer who infiltrated Chilliwack.

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Cops learn French

December 5, 2010 1 comment

Crime reporters are getting used to a new routine of dealing with the RCMP now that the provincial Mounties are delaying posting press releases to their website until a French language translation is available. The B.C. RCMP had been violating the Official Languages Act by not providing French versions of releases on its website.

Ian Jacques of the Coast Reporter writes that the police shouldn’t have to translate all their press releases into French.

The RCMP have a difficult enough job as it is, and now that job has become a lot harder. The RCMP in this province have been under fire on numerous occasions in the past few years, and one of the main complaints from the public was lack of communication and lack of information from the RCMP. Now the federal government is compromising that information sharing.

I can’t believe our politicians are putting government policies and political correctness ahead of public safety.


Jacques writes that “the RCMP’s ability to communicate with the public has now been severely compromised thanks to the Official Languages Act.”

It’s certainly a pain in the ass for the cops; and it’s a small nuisance for journalists, because now every crime reporter on the Mounties’ e-mail list is getting every RCMP release, even if they’re for something that happened 500 miles away. But do you agree with Jacques?


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News Bulletin wraps poverty series

December 3, 2010 Comments off

The Nanaimo News Bulletin’s Rachel Stern wrapped her four-part poverty series earlier this week with a story on a young First Nations man battling poverty. Find info on the rest of the series here.

The News Bulletin also published an editorial on the subject which calls poverty a cycle and hails those local organizations that helps people get off that merry-go-round. The editorial asks people to support those organizations, which we can’t argue with. It would have been nice, however, to see the paper offer some ways that the government could do things better, since it’s obvious that there is a problem.

Burnaby Now editor calls for Mid-east peace (sort of)

November 29, 2010 Comments off

When you write about Israel, Palestine and Anti-semitism, you’re gonna get letters.

If she didn’t know that already (and one suspects she did), Burnaby Now editor Pat Tracy knows now.

The newspaper ran an editorial about the issue on Nov. 13 and has since been bombarded by letters. Now Tracy writes “I may not be able to call a truce in the Middle East, but I can call a truce in our letters to the editor section.

The original editorial stated that Israel has killed civilians, which is objectively true. But that comment sparked a firestarm and, eventually, the column by Tracy.

These are emotional issues. And my experience is that when you venture into areas of politics, religion and oppression, it is always a minefield.

I don’t regret that we ran the editorial. I do, however, believe that the editorial’s ending was clumsy. We mentioned that Israel has killed civilians. Without putting that statement into some sort of larger context, we ignited emotions unnecessarily. That I regret.


Tracy writes that she believes that violence is never the solution to the problem and that is what the editorial was trying to express. But she notes that under-attack Israelis may feel differently.

The Jewish people have, and continue to be, targeted. Anti-Semitism is, like any oppression, dehumanizing and vicious. And when anyone witnesses an act of anti-Semitism they should rightly call it out.

I appreciate that many letter writers felt obligated to call our editorial anti-Semitic.

I don’t agree with that assessment.

But, frankly, I would rather have allies of Jews erring on the side of speaking out against what they viewed as an anti-Semitic statement, than not speaking out or writing.

Whatever you may agree with or disagree with, it is, in my opinion, better to share your thoughts. That is, after all, what the editorial was all about: freedom to speak and criticize and, hopefully, do so without fear of prosecution or persecution.

Given the crazy response I’ve seen to some mild stories and opinions, I can only imagine what the Burnaby Now letters file looks like. I guess this also shows that at least some people do read editorials; I’ve often found that even the most provocative opinion can get ignored if there’s no head or byline attached to it..

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