Letter to the Editor – Mayor of Cornwall Ontario Bob Kilger on City’s Advertising Policy – December 22, 2011

Letter to the Editor – Mayor of Cornwall Ontario Bob Kilger on City’s Advertising Policy – December 22, 2011

 

Dear Editor, 

I’d like to take this opportunity to clarify City Council’s recent decision regarding the establishment of an advertising policy. 

There have been some misguided suggestions that this is an attempt to censor public discussion. This is simply not the case. The City of Cornwall enjoys a positive working relationship with the media, and it is one that we value and respect. Members of City Council and City Administration always make themselves available to the media and the public. 

The City is also open and receptive to feedback and constructive criticism from members of the public. We welcome public input because it helps us to better understand residents’ concerns and priorities surrounding municipal matters. 

The motion debated and passed by Council dealt solely with advertising and was strictly about the City of Cornwall’s right to choose where to advertise. City staff believe that advertising on web sites or publications with offensive content undermines the positive values of the City of Cornwall brand. This includes websites or publications outside of Cornwall. These guidelines have always been followed as an ‘unwritten rule’ – the Council report simply examined the issue in an open and transparent manner. 

The City has not asked the media to do anything. In fact, local journalists already follow their own professional guidelines regarding what is acceptable commentary, and local media organizations already enact varying policies to remove what is perceived to be offensive commentary. The City of Cornwall’s advertising guidelines simply mirror the same generally accepted guidelines in place in most media organizations.

Sincerely, 

Mayor Bob Kilger

 

 

 

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11 Comments on "Letter to the Editor – Mayor of Cornwall Ontario Bob Kilger on City’s Advertising Policy – December 22, 2011"

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smee
Member
The city already has the right to choose who it opts to advertize with. You needed to pass a motion for this? The term offensive is quite vague. Who determines the guidelines and who monitors them? Is there some place that we can see a documented version of “the positive values of the City of Cornwall brand” Or does the term suit to fit certain people . I am sure this letter was meant to smooth irate people and tries to explain what the cities intent is. As it reads now it appears to be no more them semantics again.… Read more »
smee
Member

Careful Admin
Refer to the discussion on Trudeau and the feedback from PJR and Furtz. As I said there they have no value on a discussion therefore attack the individual. It is a precise display of what they are talking about at city hall.

For the most part you do an amazing job on moderation but…..well as I stated above……see above. Have people bring something to the table whne they want to discuss topics.

Furtz
Member

@ smee. Huh? I just looked over my comments you referred to. If anyone is offended by any of them, they have a serious problem.
And this…. “As I said there they have no value on a discussion therefore attack the individual.”
Makes no sense. Can you translate that sentence?

Yvan
Member

What I find offensive and what others find offensive can be two very different things. Some people find it offensive to be told “Merry Christmas”. I find it offensive to hear Dalton McGuinty tell me he’s saving me money….. Where will that end? Jamie does a good job moderating here and some people need to find a better excuse….. or a life….

Reg Coffey
Guest
As we have pointed out before and as Mayor Kilger stated the city always has had the right to chose who to advertise with, and they always will have. If indeed he believes that the press are self moderating then there was no reason for the policy in the first place. If there is no intention of censorship then why has Mr. Peters been assigned to act as the grand inquisitor and demand that the required censorship, excuse me, content sanitization be retroactive. The least they could do is define what the city means by “inflamatory or offensive” . I… Read more »
Furtz
Member
Just a few thoughts that will surely p!ss off both sides of this argument. If CFN depends on advertising revenue from the city (Council) in order to survive and prosper, it will have to play by Mr. Peters’ rules. If not, CFN should maybe politely tell Council and Mr. Peters to take a flying leap at the moon, and continue reporting on local issues as it has been doing quite well. Since when, in Canada, does a two-bit city council have control of the press? IMHO, Mr Peters and Council need a serious slap-down and a lesson in the realities… Read more »
Furtz
Member

edit: with a free press.

PJ Robertson
Member
Jamie: Re: ‘profanity and vicious personal attacks’, it might be helpful to clarify CFN’s policy and position once and for all. Profanity should be easy, since you published clearly on this very recently. Personal attack – vicious or otherwise – is another story, and warrants, to judge by some posts, clearer definition. Or, rather, clearer distinction from debating an issue. For example, taking issue with a post or statement is NOT the same as taking issue with the person making the post or statement. If I say A’s statement is ridiculous and stupid, I am NOT saying A is ridiculous… Read more »
PJ Robertson
Member

Thanks, Jamie.

And all the very best to you and yours for Christmas and the New Year.

You do a marvellous job and the community marvellous service with CFN.

PJ

PS Ideally, too, posters do you and CFN the courtesy of making their posts coherent and literate.

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