Vancouver Province

Sat, 2006-11-04 08:14Richard Littlemore
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A Newspaper that's Proud to be Provincial

This editorial is a couple of days old and, frankly, I have been trying to ignore it, but people keep writing to me about the Vancouver Province newspaper's insistence on keeping a vacant mind on climate change.

This most recent editorial makes two points:

1. Complicated stories are difficult for editorial writers to understand; and

2. “… crying wolf too loud (sic) and too often may be as bad as doing nothing at all.”

On the first point, I have to agree. As a former editorial writer at the Province's sister newspaper (The Vancouver Sun), I know that opining on every newsworthy issue is a daily grind. The complex stories are, of course, more difficult. And I imagine it must be more difficult yet when you refuse to, say, read a book or consult a a reputable expert on the matter at hand. So much easier to rely on that old editorial cop out: one the one hand … and on the other ….
Tue, 2006-10-03 09:03Richard Littlemore
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Sophomoric Province Newspaper Looking for a Silver Lining

In the face of a chilling caution from the Forest Products Association of Canada (that the pine-beetle infestation currently ravaging British Columbia's our forests will be followed by further pestilences brought on by warmer weather), the sage editorial staffers at the Vancouver Province newspaper have bid us to “look at the bright side of global warming.”
Tue, 2006-03-21 16:25Richard Littlemore
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Masking Ignorance as Opinion

In a piece by Vancouver Province newspaper columnist Alan Ferguson, on March 21, 2006, we have another instance in the worrying trend of ideologically driven opinion writers straying into flat statements of (incorrect) fact - much to the disservice of their readers.

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