Misinformation & Manufactured Controversy

Notwithstanding the recent Ontario Superior Court decision by Judge Ramsay, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) board members and staff continue to defame residents; one would think the NPCA would have the grace to admit they were wrong, the public would have accepted that, but to continue to misrepresent the truth through the use of truncated quotes from Judge Ramsay’s decision is, in my opinion, shockingly arrogant.

Curtailing the judge’s words to suit your own purpose is the  definition of tendentious (biased) speech, or misinformation, through obfuscation of the complete content and context. Just as the term “fake news” has become inculcated in the vocabulary of our neighbours to the south, the term “misinformation” has become part of the  daily lexicon of Niagara residents.

Misinformation is an oft used word by the NPCA to describe the peoples movement for integrity, transparency, and accountability, in Niagara governance.

No clarification or correction is offered; critics have been shut out of the public process; Freedom of Information (FOI) requests continue to be denied; Code of Conduct complaints called frivolous; the word of the Authority is to be considered omnipotent.

This pattern of behaviour has not been reconsidered since Judge Ramsay’s decision, rather it has increased; NPCA board members and staff continue to release biased (mis)information as justification for their actions.

Not only is this perplexing, but, in my opinion, whether deliberate or otherwise, could be construed as interfering with the operations of the institution, and, done in bad faith.

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Author: Emily Spanton

Candidate, City of #StCatharines for #NiagaraRegion Council Twitter: @WhatDoesntKillU Facebook: fb.me/WhatDoesntKillU Contact: whatdoesntkillu@gmail.com

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