-SPN Correction and apology, Britt Santowski
The District of Sooke’s Freedom of Expression in Sooke response rightly pointed out that I, Britt Santowski, erred in my July 4th Editorial: Freedom of speech in Sooke must be constructive.
In their seventh point, the District of Sooke was absolutely correct in writing, “The SPN says that the one letter that I did write ‘holds the public to an in-house anti-harassment policy’. Again, nothing could be further from the truth.”
I have carefully re-read the letter sent to Sooke resident Gail Hall.
My statement was wrong.
While the letter references an in-house anti-harassment policy, it does not bind the Sooke resident to that policy. It was used to provide reference to the in-house policy under which Sooke Mayor Maja Tait is obligated to respond to complaints of harassment.
I am including the letter to Ms. Hall again here (below) so that the SPN reader can see my error for themselves.
I apologize for this error, and I deeply regret any concern that this may have caused.
I have stricken it from the editorial by way of crossing it out (like this), explaining the error at the bottom of that editorial, and providing a permanent link back to this retraction and apology.