More Swastikas in the Cornwall Ontario Area – Why Did Corus Radio Cornwall Daily Report on those and not at CCVS?

Do Media Sell Out to Government & Corporations?

David Thomas & Eva Olsson CCVS Nov 12 2013CFN – Journalism is a funny business.   At the heart of it is the act of informing the public of news in the community.   Deeper it’s about holding people accountable for the community.   It’s serving the community from helping find lost dogs to exposing scandals.

February will mark my fifth anniversary working in journalism and frankly it’s been an education in the hypocrisy of the very industry I now work in and human nature.

Recently we exposed a situation involving Swastikas at  CCVS, an Upper Canada District School Board high school.   Chiefly how Principal Patricia Brown left them up after two phone calls and one visit from a person who lost family in the Holocaust.

The school recently brought in a speaker; Eva Olsson, a survivor herself to speak to the students; but why this event wasn’t covered by The Cornwall Daily or the local Corus owned radio stations.    For some reason they decided to not share what led to Ms Olsson’s speaking.

Some jaded people might think it could be related to the large amount of money that the UCDSB spends with Corus radio?

In today’s Cornwall Daily Eric Spence is reporting on Swastikas in the Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary.

I guess they don’t buy much radio time….

Principal Patricia Brown

David Thomas of the UCDSB

If a community doesn’t “know” something how can they talk about it or take action?   When you see media lay down and not cover stories because of advertising pressure have they impeached themselves?

Likewise if a media outlet is “punished” for publishing the truth what message does that send to the community?  How can we preach to kids not to bully when our very institutions are bullied by government and corporations large and small?

For two years now for example CFN and some of its client, interns, and contractors have been systematically bullied.   It’s a bad TV movie on some days; but clearly this swastika issue is a micro snapshot of the overall situation.

When you look at the makeup of the UCDSB board; zero diversity; no board members or executives a visible minority.   Listening to Mr. Thomas talk about our First Nation’s neighbors success at his school while not having a First Nations member of his board and watching the front row watching Ms Olsson speak this week the one question that was running through my mind was.

Did she realize that she was most likely being used by the school board to cover up some of the same attitudes that led to her speaking on this cold day in Cornwall Ontario.

The Standard Freeholder (a Sun newspaper) covered her speech without a word about why she was speaking; ie what led to her speaking that occurred at the high school.

If we do not learn from the lessons of history we are doomed to repeat them.   Hate starts with fear and indifference; from ignorance.   Surely if we in the media play footsie with facts we are culprit to helping the evils that exist in our societies.

It’s great that Eric Spence and The Cornwall Daily reported on Swastikas in the Bird Sanctuary.   But why didn’t they report on Swastikas at CCVS?

Selective truth; like selective justice; doesn’t work.

It’s your turn viewers; feel free to post your comments below.

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what comes to mind is that they are selective at reporting CFN news

jules
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jules

This is absolutely a hate crime that has gone on. Nobody can tell me that the students of CCVS or any other school didn’t know what the swastikas meant. Canada is full of racism and the same is true in the US. We endured so much living in Cornwall by certain people and would never live there ever again. I wouldn’t doubt that is one of the main reasons why the Jewish people left because of the hate that they endured. Mayor Horowitz who was Jewish was mayor in the 1950’s era and was Cornwall’s best mayor. Today all you… Read more »

jules
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jules

Hate is mighty ripe here in Canada when a people of the same race and ways of life like the English and French do not get along and that too is another hate crime. When you cannot get along with your own kind then you go and pick on others of another and who have done no harm to you.

A big shame on the administration as well as the cops.

Julia
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Julia

This event at CCVS was booked last year; we on Parent Council knew about it before summer. – it’s not easy to get a speaker like her into the schools. It had nothing to do with what happened at CCVS. You totally blew it out of proportion – you actually made the situation worse at the school thanks to the ridiculous article you wrote. You have only yourself to blame for people not wanting to advertise with you.

Julia
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Julia

My name clearly appears on my posts. I’m not sure what the problem is? Could it be that you are wrong!?

420
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420

Julia is in full denial that the kids at that school are out of control. When CC was a respected school back in the 80’s there was no vicious graffiti. The kids has self-control. We would not press the red button. There was no need for a parent council. Congrats admin for the direct causality between your story and Mrs. Olson’s appearance after Remembrance Day. To be fair, CC has become a dumping ground since the introduction of the Catholic schools which, fair or not, are attracting the elite academic and athletic students of all faiths. I don’t think the… Read more »

420
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420

Hey where’s my comment,

jules
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jules

Jamie (Admin) and 420 I went to different high schools in my day and CCVS was just one of them since I had a hard time to go into St. Lawrence High School which was my preference since I needed advanced French which they didn’t have. I attended St. Michael’s Academy and we had a variety of students even from Mexico and South America and was privileged to have known them. I personally believe in two boards of education and I believe In the Catholic board which is more strict than the public board. While at St. Mike’s Academy we… Read more »

jules
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jules

Furtz I never saw those adds that you mentioned in Cornwall’s SF – toilet paper of record of not wanting to rent to the Jewish people nor have I heard about beaches in Montreal not wanting Jewish people. In my husband’s country of Lebanon people are mostly divided according to their religion, monetary and social status (they live in different neighborhoods) unlike Canada or the US. Even though we have some of those neighborhoods it isn’t the very same thing. Not only that but you mentioned beaches and in Lebanon there are beaches that are highly expensive to go and… Read more »

Furtz
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Furtz

@ Jules. Should we be surprised that you weren’t reading Montreal newspapers as a young person living in Cornwall? It might come as a shock to you, but not everyone grew up in your little world.

Peter_Jenkin
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Peter_Jenkin

Thank goodness for CFN bring this problem into the light of day I have a Nazi Swastika brought back from WWII locked away in my home Its a reminder of the evil that can grow when people turn a blind eye A family member fought this evil for six years during the war It would have made him angry as Hell to find out during Canadas Somalia Inquiry that Airborne troops/since disbanded/ had a similar Nazi swastika on display in their barracks. One of the most shameful things I have ever heard about our troops The Somalia Affair was a… Read more »

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jules

Furtz you are right that I never read Montreal newspapers as a child and not even Cornwall’s. My parents were the ones who read Cornwall’s paper while I would be the one who would line the bird cage with it. LOL LOL. Furtz I honestly never saw any racism in Cornwall during my time EXCEPT English and French at each other’s throats and not always. We only experienced racism while we lived in Cornwall and when my husband went to work at an industry in Cornwall and couldn’t speak English only French and Arabic and the supervisor would yell out… Read more »

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Lassie

It’s about time someone brought attention to the “branta canadensis” and their goose stepping ilk before it’s too late. Reports from the Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary, suggest that this would be “master species” (aka Canada Goose), is adopting a variation on their iconic flight formation that now resembles two opposing V’s, and appears as a Z… an obvious precursor to the swastika. The Ministry of Natural Resources does not believe that this behaviour is the result of recently discovered spray-painted swastikas, swastikas that may in fact be crude training aids… images that are meant to be imprinted on hatchlings. The… Read more »

jules
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jules

What went on at the Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary is by no means an accident. As a quilter with tons of patterns I have some on the flying geese and yes some do resemble a little to the swastika but not exactly. This swastika thing is something of hate that is going around in Cornwall and area and has to stop. People have to become educated instead. I give tons of thanks to Jamie (Admin) on bringing this news to the front. Without Jamie all this would have been swept under the rug like everything else in Cornwall and area.… Read more »

Furtz
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Furtz

Oh come on Jules. This behavior by Canada geese has to be corrected. It is well past the time when these geese should be educated!

Michael Clifton
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Michael Clifton

Seaway city welcomes goose in jack boots deficating in public. Pictures at 11.

jules
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jules

Furtz I am always walking outdoors and can tell you that geese fly in a V pattern and not in swastikas at all whatsoever. Nobody can convince me otherwise. I think that birds and animals have a lot more intelligence than most people have especially those of today whose nose is stuck in an I-pad or a telephone or whatever crossing the streets looking like complete idiotic zombies.

Furtz
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Furtz

@ Jules. For many years, every spring and fall, I have observed geese flying over my property. In the last few years, I’ve noticed that their flight paths seem to vary quite a bit and sometimes intersect, creating patterns that could be considered offensive. You in your Ottawa highrise condo might be OK with this disrespectful and outrageous goose behavior, but most people have had enough! Just because you think it’s fine, doesn’t mean everybody does.