Letter – True motives questioned

Re: City’s censorship action ‘a stall tactic’, Oct.4-10

True motives questioned

Re: City’s censorship action ‘a stall tactic’, Oct.4-10

David Broadland has legitimate concerns about the way that the city is handling his FOI request. But the relentless public campaign that Focus magazine has launched against Dean Fortin’s team for years casts serious doubts on the true motives of Broadland and his colleagues.

For almost a year before the bridge referendum in 2010, Broadland attacked Fortin and his crew and their handling of the bridge issue in every Focus issue. In all my years as a political junkie, I have never witnessed such a blatant smear campaign against a local politician. Forget objective investigative journalism; think ‘witch hunt.’

Only one litmus test separates proper journalism from tabloid propaganda: does it seek to be balanced and fair, giving the other side a chance to be heard? In his onslaught of articles slamming Fortin over the years, never once has Broadland actually interviewed the mayor or anyone at city hall with a counter perspective!

Broadland’s statement says it all: “My guess is the city knew full well…” Whatever happened to following an actual lead? Broadland’s way is pure guesswork, making up a case as you go along.

It is the pure writer in me that winces and perspires whenever I see a one-sided manifesto without any dissenting voices. Suspicions, distrust and alarm bells scream out when I see a one man band: one viewpoint, one agenda, one mission.

Doreen Marion Gee,Victoria

Just Posted

Esquimalt artist captures culinary personalities with body art

Mary Ploegsma’s unique chef/tattoo portrait series on display this month in Chinatown café

Jazz bargains available for music lovers this month

Left Coast Jazz Fest offers four-show package deal, extends discount for TD JazzFest ticket holders

WINE NOTES: Wild about the whites

Plenty of reason to try out these affordable whites, writes Monday wine columnist Robert Moyes

Animal-loving comic Carla Collins performing fundraiser show for SPCA

Sellout show June 20 could raise up to $35,000 for Victoria branch of organization

TESS VAN STRAATEN: Getting funky in Fernwood

Eclectic neighbourhood draws many visitors, laid-back feel popular with residents

Rick Mercer-led comedy team in for second Just for Laughs show at UVic

Comedy company will stage two shows Nov. 16 at Farquhar Auditorium

Trade expo a key part of 2019 BC Seafood Festival

Comox Valley hosts celebration of seafood industry; numerous events on tap this weekend

Samoa bans Elton John biopic, Rocketman

Depictions of homosexuality, contrary to law, cause country’s censor to prevent film’s screening

REVIEW: If you like farce, you’ll love Noises Off at Langham Court!

By Sheila Martindale The nine cast members in Langham Court Theatre’s new… Continue reading

Celtic songs tuned up for Sooke coffeehouse

Celtic Reflections to perfrom on June 15

Most Read