As some of you know CFN has been the victim of a conspiratorial boycott led by City Hall since 2012. In its 4th year the tentacles sadly extend through the community.
City Hall actually had their lawyer state that the largest newspaper in the community is a blog. A very odd thing to say, but when you realize that there is legislation that requires them to post notices and advertisements in newspapers makes sense if you’re trying to boycott the largest newspaper in your community.
Advance to 1:14 mark to hear Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy talk about the city lawyer call CFN a blog
Personally I’m against boycotts, but after several years of silliness I’ve grown tired of dealing with the issue.
As the only real restaurant reviewer in the region it seems odd for these establishments to support the boycott, yet they do. Yes, a few have been threatened. One for example was told that if they didn’t pull their ad they would not get a patio permit from City Hall.
Of course these threats do not come via City Hall stationary, but proof is available if necessary for some of the mayhem.
In the meanwhile I will be boycotting the Seaway Food Festival and all of the following establishments connected to it. Whether these businesses believe it or not when they boycott CFN they are not boycotting me personally, but our valued viewers (which in most cases includes themselves!)
Previous Schnitzel banner. CFN actually provided 3 times the traffic than all other media at the time.
Table 21/Truffles Burger Bar
Esca Gourmet Pizza & Bar
Sheep’s Head Bistro
Eight Zero Zero
Love Love Food
Peppermills Grill & Bakery
Boycotts really hurt a community. For example since the boycott CFN has had 89 million human page views. Imagine the result to our community GDP if there was no boycott? Many on this list were happy CFN clients before the boycott began.
So as of today, March 8th, 2016 I will be boycotting these establishments, this event, and am asking all those that care about their community to support the boycott until their boycott of CFN is ended.
Honestly, it’s not up to David Sherriff Scott as to what’s a newspaper and what’s a blog.