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EDITORIAL: SPN differentiates between “bullying” and “asking questions” — 20 Comments

  1. Keep fighting the good fight Britt. You are head and shoulders above the other apathetic local media sources in town when it comes to true journalism, and Sooke is proud to have you on our side to expose and question all the local municipal nonsense that this crop of politicians and administration are attempting on an ongoing basis.

  2. The article referred to online bullying, which I’m thinking might refer to Twitter or Facebook, but I get the feeling you think this was a shot at you. OK I get that, but the remainder and indeed the majority of the story/editorial, was concerned that a group had gone to the CAO’s home, and whatever transpired there, I find it strange that you did not condemn such action, and combined this with nit picking over whether or not everyone on council approved of her hiring, as if that matters more somehow.

  3. I don’t think your questions are what they’re referring to, Brit.

    Anything the District, Mayor Tait, the Mirror or this publication posts on Facebook is nearly instantly filled with vitriol, some of it bordering on harassment, towards the mayor or council. Same goes for the local Facebook groups.

    It’s embarrassing, and personally I am surprised that in a small town, people would willingly attach their real name and reputation to some of the things said.

    So yes, I do think they’ve been subject to online bullying. And it needs to stop.

  4. I don’t think your questions are what they’re referring to, Brit.

    Anything the District, Mayor Tait, the Mirror or this publication posts on Facebook is nearly instantly filled with vitriol, some of it bordering on harassment, towards the mayor or council. It’s embarrassing, and personally I am surprised that in a small town, people would willingly attach their real name and reputation to some of the things said.

    So yes, I do think they’ve been subject to online bullying. And it needs to stop.

  5. Where I have not seen bullying just questions and then they threaten to sue instead of answering questions? I would like to see this so called bullying online. They can show us and omit the names. They can’t show us and they won’t because it didn’t happen. Just for the questions brit asked they sent her a letter threatening legal action. Before anyone speaks on this you all need to go and read the links in the news stories listen to the radio station and then you will see that they are all just questions.

  6. I’m married to a School District 62 Trustee. Another item yesterday elicited the comment that either district staff or trustees or all of the above are “incompetent fools”. If the people referred to had thinner skins and less confidence that they are doing good work under the circumstances, which they know the full details of where the commenters do not, that comment could be taken as bullying. Yes?

    I do not know where the web site host and the web site commenters stand in being responsible for what gets to the public. I do think several commenters have picked up that it isn’t what the SPN editor writes that is a problem whereas what gets published on the SPN web site might be taken as bullying and so on.

  7. If you run for office, or take a management position in public service where your decisions impact the citizens who pay your salary and you’re not ready for hard questions and pointed criticisms then you chose the wrong line of work.

    Stay at it, Britt.

  8. Quite true Harrison Lansing, but this has gone far beyond answering hard questions or dealing constructive criticism. This has been harassment and bordering on assault. When you have to answer the same question over and over again and despite fully answering the question people just keep throwing it back at you it is harassment. Case in point, the issue of conflict of interest, that has been answered by many different people in many different forums. No one brings new evidence they just keep stating the same charge. Enough bullying already.

    • There have never been any answers to the questions asked. If you know the answers to the questions that were asked please post them here because we’d certainly like to know what the answers are to our questions.

  9. That article said somebody went to an employee’s home. There is no reason that would make this acceptable. There is no circumstance that would justify this. A line was crossed.

  10. This is called muzzling by the Council et al. It’s a small town and there are certain people in certain pockets that don’t want to be exposed and will stick together. Questions regarding accountability, transparency and good governance need to be asked. If you disagree, then line up and drink the koolaid and suck those taxes back.

  11. Reminder to self: “The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”

  12. Neil – i agree about a safe space and behaviour must remain civilized…one question for you: what questions have been answered fully and properly in the last 6 months…

    You cant even get an answer for when Gabi Josephs contract starts as it has TWO dates on it! I have asked, sent in a written letter, Pearson has asked TS to have the chat with me yet she refuses…so the only way forward is that I am having the BC Ombudsmans office in to help – sad that in a transparent democracy we the people have to go that route, yes…

    Do you honestly believe that we have an open and tranparent council and townhall right now and if so please use examples..if you want examples of where they are refusing to answer questions on how our money is spent and what their priorities are let me and I will put a nice list together..

    if the answers are simple and everything pucker then it should be no problem, right….

  13. Way to go Britt Santowski keep it up. Can u forward something to a news outlet & follow up with them? If they start reporting it it would lessen the onus on u. Just an idea. Don’t back down.

  14. I myself have a few emails into the cao in which I’ve never gotten an answer for emails just being ignored.