Sunday, October 23, 2005

Headline grabber

Conservative Burnaby-New Westminster candidate Marc Dalton grabbed news again in this weekend's Burnaby Now in a story by Dave Dormer in a "special to the Burnaby Now." Dormer, a reporter with Now sister paper The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times, wrote an article on Dalton, a teacher-librarian at Pitt Meadows Elementary, acting with his conscience during the the illegal teachers' strike.

In the Pitt Meadows paper, the article's emphasis was on a teacher acting with his conscience and obeying the rule of the law. In Burnaby, the story's focus is on Dalton being the local Conservative candidate for MP (or Progressive Conservative candidate if you believe the factually incorrect article). The photo caption of Dalton in the Burnaby paper was also more confrontational. The Pitt Meadows caption which talked of Dalton being on the picket line if this were a legal strike. In the Burnaby paper the caption began with the question "Over the line?"

Perhaps the shift in the reporting of the story may be among the things that are over the line.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since this was technically an illegal strike, then there was
no legal picket line and the BCTF called this a protest line, so it was not technically a real picket line in the sense of a labour picket line.

10/23/2005 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Though the LRB laughed at the suggestion that its not a picket.

10/25/2005 12:12 AM  

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