We carefully craft our media to maximize exposure/clicks and draw readers into the story where the facts are presented, along with supporting evidence. However… it seems that yesterday’s Pass/Fail posts showcasing Council’s votes and our comments about why we feel that some of them “got it wrong” had some of our readers upset. And, after listening to their concerns, we can see it from their perspectives.
So, considering we are asking that Council rescind their support of this re-zoning in light of all the new information and evidence that our members and bi-partisan outsiders have been providing to them, through our group, we should be able to lead by example and admit when our actions / posts may have crossed the line, potentially alienating support for this worth cause.
Accordingly, we want to apologize to anyone who took offence to the images of council members with the PASS or FAIL overlay. We have removed them. It was not intended to do anything other than communicate the ‘bottom line’ of the article in a simple photo. The articles themselves simply show the video segment relevant to their vote and their rationale for the vote. Those are simple facts. If they voted against the parkland conversion, in our mind, they passed. If they voted in favour despite all the opposition and fixated on the proposed use instead of the fact they were giving away waterfront parkland, then we contend they failed.
The label is not a reflection of their whole term thus far and we will continue to rate their performance on local issues and is one the reasons that this group exists. What we won’t do, is put that rating on a photo as the lead image of the story.
For those whom we have offended by doing so, we apologize unreservedly. Our mission to showcase how council was not provided all the critical facts in this matter remains unchanged, but our approach will be tempered to try to meet your expectations.
When our Facebook walls and news feeds are as busy as they are, our attempts to get noticed amongst the noise, while well-meaning, had us actually contributing to the noise and for that we are sorry.
We hope you will continue to follow our posts and remain engaged in this matter and the many other matters we will report on and draw your own conclusions based on the evidence we gather and provide to support our reporting of municipal affairs.
Now, back to the important stuff. Please read the discovery that there is a highly vulnerable aquifer on the Edgehill park property slated to be used by the Health Hub. We hope that the topic comes up at tonight’s planning meeting.