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COMMENTARY · 18th November 2010
Merv Ritchie
The front page headline the Terrace Standard chose for their story on the lawsuit filed against the RCMP by Shane Parker for the battering he received on two separate occasions was as much an embarrassment as it was an example of all that is wrong with Terrace and the local Black Press conglomerate paper. They featured his sexuality, calling him “Gay” in their headline. He and all of the citizens of Terrace deserve an apology.

Why is it, one might ask, that when our media ran a story about the alleged abuses of the First Nations population by the RCMP and the development of the “Red Zone” (an exclusionary area of the downtown core developed by the RCMP and referred to as the No Red Skin Zone), did this Black Press paper respond the following week with their own story countering ours reporting the RCMP were doing a great job and the downtown business people were happy? Was it to appease the RCMP and the business community or was it a general principle to report only safe news and to continue the practice of serving up pablum?

A better question might be why the local media did not write similar headlines on the head of a local educational campus and other prominent members of the Terrace emergency and social services crowd.

Why not, “Local Lesbian Leaves Position as Head of Faculty” or maybe “Female Partner of Same Sex Couple Receives Award of Distinction”, it is simply because the issue of persons sexuality has no place in any of these stories.

In the case of the RCMP allegedly brutalizing a young Terrace man, it is also alleged they made homophobic gestures as they beat him but nowhere in the statement of claim is it stated Parker is claiming to be “Gay”, and the sexual preference of anyone being beaten is no part of the story. Unless of course the local Black Press paper wishes to claim the RCMP are part of a gay bashing crowd. This would then be the headline, “RCMP Accused of Gay Bashing”, but that is not the headline they choose to run with.

In 2002, Terrace was taken to Court for their discriminatory practices. The refusal of the Mayor and Council to make a proclamation for the homosexual community; “Gay Pride Day”, and the City’s loss in this action is still being used in Courts today as an example of an intolerant community.

It would appear the title chosen by the local paper in the November 17th edition, at the top of the front page, in big bold headlines, was to perpetuate an already intolerant attitude. Why would they say this? “Oh, the guy was a fag, so who cares?”, “Serves the little shit right?” If they were addressing their story to the majority, is the headline then suggesting the majority of the citizens in Terrace are okay with this characterization?

The City of Terrace pays the bills for the RCMP and have a significant role in determining what the RCMP focus their energies on. The City even provides the RCMP their building and Jail Cells. So it is no small issue that the long term Councillors refused to enlighten the recently elected on their dirty intolerant past. Councillor Bruce Bidgood asked about why Terrace does not make proclamations in March 2009 after his recent election to Council. He asked this after Councillor Brian Downie stated ‘as you know we don’t make proclamations anymore’ in reference to a request by Dorothy Bartsoff to have Terrace City Council declare March as Community Social Services Awareness Month.

Councillor Lynne Christensen purposefully, and with obvious intent, misled Bidgood by stating the reason was, ‘there were too many people asking for proclamations’. Read the story we published on this issue HERE.

This is not a historical issue; it is very current and very live. Are the Terrace RCMP fulfilling the unspoken desires of the City of Terrace? And is the local paper assisting by ensuring Terrace thrives in its intolerance? Is Terrace going to come out of the dark ages and will the citizens and media promote itself as an open and welcoming community? If this headline does not spark the outrage it so rightly deserves, then the indication would be the community finds the characterization acceptable. We certainly do not accept it and nor should the rest of the evolved human race.

Parker deserves an apology and so does the entire community who had one of these papers delivered into their mailboxes.

Read the original story we broke on this issue a week earlier HERE. and the pictures of his injuries HERE.
As a footnote, where did Black get their info? The RCMP?
Comment by Merv Ritchie on 20th November 2010
The front page claims the incident was reported in June & speaks to priors & Crown charges. We report everything released. Below is every story Jun to Oct. Even if it was reported, balance would have meant including not just previous claims against Parker but also previous claims against the RCMP. Nope, this was hype for one side & denigration for the other. End of story.

DIRT BIKER RECEIVES TWO MONTH DRIVING PROBATION by Terrace RCMP 1 Oct 2010
MAN INJURED AT NORTH KALUM TRAILER PARK by Terrace RCMP 1 Oct 2010
RCMP REQUESTING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE by Terrace RCMP 30 Sep 2010
DUMPSTER FIRE - KNIFE FIGHT - CRIME REWARD - MISSING PICKERS by Terrace RCMP 30 Sep 2010
PRINCE GEORGE RCMP MAKE BIG DRUG BUST RIGHT ON THE STREET by Prince George RCMP 30 Sep 2010
GLEN VOWELL WOMEN ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY POSSESSION by New Hazelton RCMP 28 Sep 2010
BREAK AND ENTER AT CHEVRON GAS STATION by Terrace RCMP 28 Sep 2010
PRINCE GEORGE RCMP INTERNAL INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED by Prince George RCMP 27 Sep 2010
1500 MARIJUANA PLANT BUST IN PRINCE GEORGE by Prince George RCMP 27 Sep 2010
THINKING ABOUT WINTER TIRES YET? by Terrace RCMP 24 Sep 2010
POLICE REQUIRE PUBLICS ASSITANCE LOCATING BRIAN EVANS by Terrace RCMP 22 Sep 2010
RCMP REQUESTING PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE by Terrace RCMP 15 Sep 2010
WOMEN ARRESTED AGAIN FOR DRUG CHARGES ON RIVER DRIVE by Terrace RCMP 15 Sep 2010
DEASE LAKE VEHICLE CRASH KILLS TWO MEN FROM CENTRAL INTERIOR by Dease Lake RCMP 9 Sep 2010
PRINCE GEORGE RCMP ARREST 75 YEAR OLD BANK ROBBER by Prince George RCMP 8 Sep 2010
TERRACE RCMP LABOUR WEEKEND REPORT by Terrace RCMP 8 Sep 2010
TWO ARRESTS DURING DRUG BUST ON RIVER DRIVE by Terrace RCMP 8 Sep 2010
POLICE REQUIRE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE by Terrace RCMP 8 Sep 2010
COAST GUARDS & RCMP ATTEND A DEATH ON THE WATER by Prince Rupert RCMP 7 Sep 2010
LABOUR DAY LONG WEEKEND A SAFE SUCCESS IN THE NORTH by RCMP 7 Sep 2010
HAZELTON WOMEN DEAD IN FIERY CAR WRECK by Terrace RCMP 3 Sep 2010
FIERY CRASH RESULTS IN FATALITY by Terrace RCMP 2 Sep 2010
SMARTER HEADS WEAR HELMETS CAMPAIGN by Terrace RCMP 1 Sep 2010
HUGE DEMAND FOR RCMP’S NEW YOUTH OFFICER TRAINING COURSE by RCMP 31 Aug 2010
CRIMESTOPPERS WANTED FELON by Terrace RCMP 30 Aug 2010
HAZELTON POLICE TASER MAN DUE TO SUICIDE RISK by Hazelton RCMP 30 Aug 2010
RIMS & TIRES STOLEN STRAIGHT OFF DUMP TRUCK IN PG by Prince George RCMP 25 Aug 2010
BRUSH FIRE ON UPPER PEAR STREET by Terrace RCMP 24 Aug 2010 TERRACE RCMP GET THEIR MAN AGAIN - B & E SUSPECT FINGERED by Terrace RCMP 24 Aug 2010
CITIZENS APPLAUD OFFICERS DIVE INTO OCEAN TO CAPTURE SUSPECT by RCMP 16 Aug 2010
NORTHWEST REGIONAL CREDIT FRAUD UPDATE by Prince Rupert RCMP 13 Aug 2010
VEHICLE COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 16 EAST by Terrace RCMP 12 Aug 2010
RUPERT MAN ARRESTED FOR CREDIT CARD FRAUD ALL OVER NORTHWEST by Prince Rupert RCMP 9 Aug 2010
UNIFORMED GANG TASK FORCE CRACKS DOWN ON GANGS IN PG by Prince George RCMP 9 Aug 2010
QUAD STOLEN DURING B&E ON MAILBOX POINT ROAD by Terrace RCMP 5 Aug 2010
QUAD STOLEN DURING B&E ON MAILBOX POINT ROAD by Terrace RCMP 5 Aug 2010
RCMP CONDUCTING INVESTIGATION INTO SUDDEN DEATH OF INFANT by Terrace RCMP 29 Jul 2010
POLICE TO JAIL “SUSPECTS” FOR A GOOD CAUSE by Terrace RCMP 28 Jul 2010
5TH ANNUAL GATHERING STRENGTH CANOE JOUNREY by Prince Rupert RCMP 21 Jul 2010
HAZELTON RCMP TALK SUICIDAL MAN OFF HAGWILGET BRIDGE by New Hazelton RCMP 21 Jul 2010
THREE DRUG BUSTS IN KITIMAT AREA by Kitimat RCMP 20 Jul 2010
MOTOR ACCIDENT & ARRESTS IN JACKPINE FLATS by Terrace RCMP 20 Jul 2010
SMITHERS DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE STAND OFF ENDS PEACEFULLY by Smithers RCMP 19 Jul 2010
TERRACE RCMP EXECUTE 2 DRUG WARRANTS ON TERRACE CRACK SHACKS by Terrace RCMP 19 Jul 2010
MISSING ROSSWOOD MAN FOUND DEAD by Terrace RCMP 16 Jul 2010
ROSSWOOD MAN WENT MISSING ON TRIP TO THORNHILL by Terrace RCMP 14 Jul 2010
FEMALE ACCOSTED BY MALE NEAR SKEENA JUNIOR - HELP REQUESTED by Terrace RCMP 13 Jul 2010
ATTEMPTED MURDER IN PRINCE RUPERT by Prince Rupert RCMP 12 Jul 2010
B&E AND THEFT IN THORNHILL HOME by Terrace RCMP 6 Jul 2010
THORNHILL ATV RIDERS TAKE NOTICE by Fort Nelson RCMP 6 Jul 2010
RCMP DRUG UNIT SEIZE ECSTACY, COCAINE & CASH by Prince George RCMP 29 Jun 2010
SUMMER IMPAIRED DRIVING COUNTERATTACK by Terrace RCMP 28 Jun 2010
RCMP OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE ON SCOTT AVE STANDOFF JUNE 22 by Terrace RCMP 23 Jun 2010
RCMP UPDATE ON KALUM RIVER TRAFFIC FATALITY by RCMP 23 Jun 2010
FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH - RCMP NEWS RELEASE by RCMP 20 Jun 2010
YOUNG CHILD STRUCK BY DRUNK DRIVER IN WALMART PARKING LOT by Terrace RCMP 16 Jun 2010
RCMP CONDUCTING INTERSECTION SAFETY AWARENESS by Terrace RCMP 16 Jun 2010
MISSING PERSON FROM TERRACE; MAY BE IN VANCOUVER by Terrace RCMP 10 Jun 2010
CALGARY RCMP CATCH DRUG SHIPMENT TO TERRACE; LOCAL ARRESTED by Prince Rupert RCMP 9 Jun 2010
DISTRACTED DRIVING LEGISLATION REMINDER by RCMP 9 Jun 2010
RUPERT MAN BREACHES PAROLE TO SECURE RAT-FREE JAIL CELL by Prince Rupert RCMP 7 Jun 2010
hahahahahahahahaha
Comment by daratha on 20th November 2010
Are we funny people or what?
Mr. Nunes I agree with you.
Merv your hilarious.
If it's not the funnies that's gonna make me laugh, its the posting on this page..love it

As for the whole picture, twice is two too many, what is the law, or brutality force doing? This is no way to act, as for the second beating that happened to Mr. Parker,

Shane Parker knows, the cops know, but we don't know diddly squat.

When it comes to the standard saying what they said, I look at it as an edge for the case itself. making it clear that whether or not he wins, it was a hate crime.

The RCMP do this and do it often, and so do we as human beings. The cops don't need to resort to this type of action, and we don't need to bother them while they......ah work?

I am not the law, I am not Shane Parker, and I am not a victim, I am a human being and I have rights, so do you, and so do they.
Sanity needed
Comment by Rudi Peters on 20th November 2010
Everyone seems to have their nickers in a knot over this individual's encounter with the RCMP. Correct me if I am wrong but this individual came out of the Spirit bar (local business) and saw the RCMP performing a lawful action, arresting a woman, reason unknown, he then decides to "rescue" the woman by interfering with the RCMP. I may not fan of the institution of the RCMP as they are underpaid and untrained consequently they no longer get the quality of people they could, but you would have to be a complete idiot to think that you can interfere with the RCMP and come out unscathed.

Now this person not only did this once but twice. And, now he has began legal action against the RCMP because he received injuries while trying to "rescue" some person from the RCMP.

I predict that this person will loose if it even makes it into court.

Yes, everyone is making assumptions. Our reliable sources details, on one of these 'beating' occasions, Parker and another female were walking home from another residence. Emerson Street was on their route. Parker observed and questioned why excessive force was being used. She took pictures with her cell phone of what happened next. Now, of course, the RCMP need to respond and the courts need to hear and see the evidence, but yes, far too many assumptions. The degree of castigation against Parker is outrageous. Our commentary was that, a commentary on the other media report. The previous two stories (reporting) were innocuous. Yes, too many assumptions being made on these pages.
From saw mills to rumor mills...
Comment by R1chard Jenn1ss on 20th November 2010

I think it is unfair for the standard to say what they did unless it's directly related to the action.

I think it's unfair to compare the accused to other people without cited references or permission otherwise it's hear-say.
We may as well bring the anonymous comments back if we don't cite sources.

Keep Doing
Comment by Steve Caissie on 20th November 2010
Merv,
You just keep reporting the way you do. You have lots of followers that are here once, twice, or many times a day to keep up on the real news, and not 2 week old news. If people are so offended by your reports then why the hell are they reading them. Just keep doing the area some good.
just a thought
Comment by justadude on 20th November 2010
The story isn't the sexuality of the man its the fact that hes taking the RCMP to court about being assaulted. Police brutality is real problem today and I think its sad to see a paper use it to its advantage.

Its sad to say that when people now days see a RCMP officer they are rushed with feelings of tension ,intimidation and in some cases fear ,when what they should be feeling is a sense of protection and trust. It seems to me that the RCMP have lost touch with the people they are supposed to be protecting and now have become a weapon of politics. Change there uniforms to camouflage and what do you have??? if the line between martial law and the RCMP is that thin then clearly something needs to be changed. We do live in Canada after all..........dont we?

Nice artical. Well said.
Smug Ivory White Tower
Comment by Merv Ritchie on 19th November 2010
Our sources are strong and come from months ago on this incident. Our original report was crisp and clear, factual without editorializing. A report on the suit directly from the statement of claim. Nothing in it suggested he was innocent or guilty. It was a report on the filing of the suit only. The RCMP did not respond.

The other rag chose to editorialize and dress it up for audience, we suggest for the homophobic Terrace crowd.

We outed no one. If one was able to decern someone who would fit the bill, it would be because they already knew someone that they thought fit the bill. All else would be wild guesses and speculation.

A young man, now outed by the Standard as being "Gay" is being tarnished, by their style of reporting, as probably deserving it while our statements are being damned as being prejudicial and injurious.

Yes, in our follow up piece, how dare we even insinuate someone of the white ivory tower crowd be part of a systemic problem with Terrace? The untouchables must remain untouched, yet the young neer-do-wells are expendable.

Beat the little bugger again, and us too for bringing it to sensitive eyes and ears.

No, we will not stop. We stated something to illustrate all that was wrong. We named no names, gave no time references. Many could fit the bill. Some cry foul only to the detriment of those they wish to protect, not to face up to the reality of the bigotry of some in this community.

It is time to leave the '60's and 70's where they belong, in the racist, bigoted trash bin. One world, one people.

This evening the Inspector stated I called him a racist. I did no such thing. He is a good man and I have known him to be a good man for a decade, long before he and I moved to Terrace from the Shuswap. But he also claimed he must take it personally, for what we say about the RCMP, his men, equally applies to him. Yes and I must take responsibility for what happens on the Terrace Daily. I have banned contributors for actions they took, which reflected badly on us. The Inspector has the same duty, if in fact some were truly responsible for these injuries.

This commentary, the 'Black Press Bash' is legit and responsible. We exposed an issue that festers in the underbelly of Terrace.

If someone feels hurt, we apologize, but we have not provided enough details to 'out' anyone who wasn't already known to one who thinks they know it refers to an actual person.

Some refer to us as the Terrace Trash, some want to mix the word blog and news and call it Blews. Call it what you want, but there is only one newspaper owner who delivers all the news and opinion from Prince George West. David Black and Black Press. We offer an alternative, simply that. No, not the pablum and hype so common from this Gordon Campbell promotional rag but also not the professional journalistic productions of years ago.

Welcome to 2010. The age of attempting to provide truth and insight without the political and corporate strings attached keeping the ugly truth away from some sensitivities. We suppose for some, the famous Movie line delivered by Jack Nicholson in the Movie "A Few Good Men" applies here.
So let me get this straight
Comment by Danny Nunes on 19th November 2010
Local paper posts misleading headline that insults a specific group in society..and thats okay.

But if you make a simple reference to
individuals being homosexual to illustrate a simple correlation...then thats bad.

My god its so easy to start drama in todays world all I need to do is refer to everyone here
as a doody head and I will be lynched quicker than Barack Obama at a tea party rally.

Pretty soon it will be illegal to have an opinion in society and we will have to walk nude through the airports before we can board a plane and even then we will be required to submit to a cavity search...which is fine because I know I like to hear from dentists that I have no cavitys.
Maureen
Comment by Steve on 19th November 2010
Thank you Maureen for your comments. I too was pretty shocked to see Merv's unnecessary references.
Foot In Mouth
Comment by Brian Kirkaldy on 19th November 2010
Merv...You might want to quit while you are not so far behind!! In your narrow minded desire to prove to the world that the evil Canwest/Black Press conspirators had once again insulted the sensibilities of us naive and misinformed public, you committed a larger infringement of rights than the one you were accusing the Terrace Standard of committing. Your blog gives you and your visitors the right and opportunity to express opinions on issues in a public forum. It does not give you the right to betray the privacy of individuals, not involved in the discussion, for the sake of bolstering your opinion. Changing the words of your comments, after the fact, is just damage control. As long as your editorial agendas and personal commentaries are used to justify the legitimacy of this site, it will never be more than your personal blog. The potential of this site is obvious. The legitimacy will come with more credibility and respect. This post should bring out your usual supporters who are conspicuously absent with their diatribes.
don't get personal
Comment by M.Brorup on 19th November 2010
I think making reference(s) to prominent citizens' sexual orientation as a way to leverage bias in a news tory not even yet before the courts is unnecessary and unkind.
use my name if you like Merv - but please include all of it
Comment by Maureen on 19th November 2010
Why are you insisting that this man is a victim when there is court preceedings underway. When I refer to public record (in previous email exchange his claims against the RCMP is that public record through his court action. As a journalist you also may want to be a bit more concerned about building a story that has factual information - and multiple perspectives. You may have a scoop with sensational photos - but who is to prove (other than the guy who gave them to you) that this was the result of the police action? I am not saying it is not a plausible explanation, but you need to be more careful about your sources and the perspectives you decide to take simply to bash your competition. I feel very strongly about accuracy, media automony, and integrity thereof. I feel you have done both a diservice by not digging into the sources to challenge the content of the complaints or even the use of GAY as part of the headline... It all seems so petty now, and you have put the very personal nformation out there to simply bash the other media outlet, in time when we all need to have a variety of source to see several sides of a truth.
okay - hope this makes it on the page
Comment by Me again on 19th November 2010
Although we did have an email exchange it seems that my letter and response back and worth were not worth merit. However I thank you for putting up WHOA but you are just digging a different hole by saying head of faculty - which of course this individual was not! YOu can not avoid naming and identifying with misinformation now you have put it out there. The abuse and misdirection of your argument continues. OOOPS... who may be looking at a lawsuit now?

Yes, and your comment did make it up, you used the name "Northern Media Consumer". We will add our exchange to that message. No names, no identifier, even if the person wasn't in said position, the context is all relevant. These persons were upstanding citizens, not a young vulnerable man, which Black Press felt at liberty to abuse yet again. They wouldn't dare with such well connected and upstanding Terrace citizens. But a young man, no sweat apparently.
Whoa!!
Comment by c. sandecki on 19th November 2010
Why, oh why, did you choose to bolster your argument with these words:

Why not, “Local Lesbian Leaves Position as head of a local educational campus” or maybe “Female Partner of Same Sex Couple Receives Award of Distinction”

I was rocked backward on my swivel chair when I read that. Wonder how the two lesbians feel? If, indeed, they are lesbians.

Who owes whom an apology now?

Ed Note: You may be correct, we were possibly too specific. We have edited the words slightly to reduce the impact or the ease of identity. Is is such a bad thing to be of a different orientation that one wishes to be secretive in Terrace? We have also taken the liberty to remove/change the same words in your comment to us. Thanks
Well Said
Comment by Jane Fregin on 19th November 2010
Well said Merv. Keep up the good work. And to Mr. Parker not everyone is as small minded as others (I believe you know who I mean). Hope everything works out for you.
What is the big deal?
Comment by Rudi Peters on 19th November 2010
After seeing you article, I actually went and got the paper and read the article over which there was so much angst. The title was an indicative statement of fact. It was not used in a derogatory way, nor was it used to slander the person, as he is gay, so I ask what is the big deal.

Here is an individual who has chosen a particular lifestyle, he chose to interfere with a lawful actions of the police. All our choices in life have consequences, I would suggest that he make better choices in the future.

The only fault I find is with the police in that they should not need to inflict (allegedly) so much damage on an individual to subdue them. Either this person is some bad ass fighter or the cops need to hit the gym a little more instead of coffee shop.
Well Done on You..
Comment by Pat #1 on 19th November 2010
Merv,

Our community is extremely blessed to have your voice, common sense, and this platform.

Terrace needs to give its head a shake....this is not acceptable!
I agree with the Terrace Daily
Comment by Dr. B. A. Bidgood on 18th November 2010
I agree that the highlighting of an individual's sexual orientation in the Standard Article is inappropriate and has no relevance to allegations of police brutality. One can only conclude that this was some sort of attempt to diminish the veracity of the complainant's charge. I believe that the Terrace Standard owes Mr. Parker an apology. Terrace is not an intolerant or homophoic community.
Bravo
Comment by David Ealing on 18th November 2010
Never commented before Merv but one word does it; BRAVO.
What the?
Comment by Northern media consumer on 18th November 2010
Hey Merv,

Aside from the fact that Mr. Parker himself is sueing the RCMP specifically due to what he perceives as being a victim of hate crime due to his sexual orientation, you have just outed former prominent citizens who never, ever publicly stated their relationship nor orientation. Talk about insensative and flagrant disregard for folk's privacy...
You are now the POT - calling the Kettle BLACK methinks.


Our reply

As per your comments, Mr. Parker did not sue "the RCMP specifically due to what he perceives as being a victim of hate crime due to his sexual orientation".

He sued the RCMP for the beating he received, the references to the RCMP making homophobic gestures was a minor statement made in the action laid against the RCMP.

The 'hate crimes' statement is all the Standards story, nothing from Parker.

As for your other comments Pot/Black, you might know who these individuals referenced were, but most don't. And we might suggest anyone who does know, also knows their orientation. The Standard made no bones about naming the person and making bold statements which further victimized Parker. All of this is unacceptable. We have the entire statement of claim and the Standard simply abused the opportunity to make a bigoted headline.

Also, just as a bit of a footnote, your analogy is also bigoted. What is wrong with being black?

Merv


Northern media consumer

Okay Merv you are correct - I take back my contention about Mr. Parker's and suing the RCMP AKA hate crime. (the pot black was a play on the phrase " pot calling the kettle black" (since you refer to Black Press directly) but I stand by my assumption that by 'outing' the former prominent Terrace residents, you have done exactly the same thing. Unlike Mr. Parker - where his orientation is part of the public record, and the Standard was not the only news agency that emphasized Mr. Parker`s orientation. Not saying the headline was a good idea, but I do think that by singling out these individuals, (unless you have asked and received permission from them) their relationship is their business only, and should not be part of your story on either Standard or Mr. Parker.

Thanks for the opportunity to clarify, Maureen Atkinson


Hi again,

I did not know Parkers 'orientation' was part of the 'Public record'. I did not name anyone though I suppose stating the [. . . .] leaving might make it rather easy for some people. As for the second statement referring to receiving an award of distinction, I wouldn't come close to figuring this out if I didn't already know.

I guess I need to add, I suppose, pose the question, Why is this 'Outing' a negative thing? Why does this need to be kept a secret? Is the Terrace Public in such a homophobic state that this might cause discomfort? What is wrong with someone having a different orientation other than heterosexual?

And that is what is wrong with the way Black Press played it. Singling out his sexuality.

I missed the "play "on words with Black too. Kinda Funny. Had me chuckle. Thanks

Merv

Again from Northern media consumer

It is sad that folks need to keep their preference quiet, but it is a personal choice - not anyone else's business, and certainly not for a the local media to use as a point in their slam against another media outlet - THAT is my POINT. Both are using people, and detering the issue to either the abuse of the RCMP or the quality of leadership at the post secondary institution. SHAME on all the press in this.
I agree
Comment by Tara Lynn on 18th November 2010
I completely agree, this headline is appalling and uncalled for.