P.S.A.'S · 16th November 2011
Updated 7 am
Today, Wednesday, November 16, before 7 am, three of the Terrace Mayoral candidates debated each other live on air. According to CBC Radio North host, Carolina de Ryk, the station has a technical limitation of three incoming lines and only Dave Pernarowski, Bruce Martindale and Jennifer Lewis will be participating. She was not aware of the reason for this selection.
So tune in this morning and listen to how they engage each other. Martindale and Pernarowski have had some heated exchanges on the Council floor and Lewis was involved in a lawsuit against Pernarowwski for years.
A similar debate from Quesnel engaged three candidates in their financial disclosure controversy surrounding the Quesnel administration and Mayors office. Yesterday three of Kitimats contenders, Monahan, Halyk and Thom engaged on the neutrality position their council has taken on Enbridge. Halyk insists they need to take a strong public stand in opposition while Monahan believes the Council should remain neutral until the JRP process is completed.
We do not know which issue the CBC hosts will be putting to these three Terrace Mayoral contenders.
Merv Ritchie has offered to be available for a one on one interview to make up for this inability to participate. Carolina de Ryk stated she will have the producer contact Ritchie.
CBC will likely post this exchange shortly on their website HERE
Don't cry for me Argentina!
Comment by Merv Ritchie on 16th November 2011
I spoke with CBC early in the morning (5 am) and they were clear and I understood their explanation. Almost every morning they have been offering up three candidates to debate an issue. Today it was Terrace's turn. After the mornings work was over the CBC staff called and we arranged a time to allow me to respond to their questions. I was, and am, honoured to have been afforded this opportunity.
CBC even aired my 30 second free sound bite prior to the debate. There is nothing amiss here.
My interview with George was about 12 minutes. You cannot buy this type of exposure.
I understand they wished to give Jennifer a bit of coverage. Dave and Bruce are already elected representatives and get regular media attention. I have been writing and getting my own exposure for years. It was a fair and reasonable position for CBC to take.
I do however appreciate the opportunity to address the same issues.
My main argument to CBC was, when asked why anyone should vote for you, the other three fudged their answers without presenting a plan, a vision or direction, just rehashed stuff any politician might have said anywhere, in any decade.
I have a plan for the future, a real reason to have someone want to vote for me. I wished to get my plan heard, a vision. CBC may edit my responses but I am grateful for even the 30 second free spot.
I was also excluded from the CBC Kitimat Debate
Comment by Danny Nunes on 16th November 2011
Merv is not the only candidate in this region running for mayor who was excluded from
a debate on CBC Daybreak North.
I was sent a a voicemail the day before the CBC
planned to hold a debate with all the candidates for mayor of Kitimat.
I sadly had forgotten about the message & when I did listen to it later that day I was led to believe I had two days to reply....not 1.
I in fact have the producer of the program as a friend on my Facebook and sent him a personal message with my phone number so he could call me that morning so I could be included
in the debate...no response.
A few weeks ago I was in fact asking this person if there was even going to be a debate at all on the CBC as I was hearing maybes and rumors only.
So I listened to the Kitimat debate on Daybreak North and had to laugh as they made no mention of me whatsoever at the beginning or the end of the debate....they made it seem to listeners that there were only 3 candidates in the Kitimat election for mayor.Say what you want about my candidacy or my intentions but to withhold information from your listeners and the voting public is dishonest & not mentioning someone legally on the ballot is
dishonest and not just a technical issue or oversight.
I didnt get the same BS excuse Merv Ritchie and Don Dunster did so I guess the CBC realized oops....we F'd up...lets pass this off as a technical error and that will excuse this crap we just pulled.
Also I LOL'd at the mention that voters in Terrace were going to base there vote only on which candidate was going to support shames mountain and its purchase.
The funniest thing though is the CBC Daybreak North site offering municipal candidates 30 seconds....yep you read that right..a whole 30 seconds...to tell listeners why they should vote for them.
If you are someone who determines who to vote for because of a 30 second clip you heard on the radio then all I have to say is wow...no wonder we get the politicians we do.
Heres my 30 second slogan for the CBC:
Hi i'm Danny Nunes and I am running for mayor of Kitimat and if you vote for me based on hearing this 30 second clip on the radio and nothing else you are insane.
My candidacy may be a joke,...but its all of you falling for this crap that are falling for the biggest joke of all.
limitations yes ... but there is a studio
Comment by Maureen on 16th November 2011
If an all candidates discussion is what they were looking for, then maybe they should have invited all candidates to the Prince Rupert studio.
As a former daybreak staffer (yeah 20 years ago) I do understand the limitations of time slots and the facilities, but if the purpose - or the 'focus' of the intertview is promote an engaged debate, folks in the northwest would have been better served with a three part series of interviews and a phone in live show like they used to do. What maybe would have been better is a forum of online quesitons, with the hosts selecting top 3 type questions. Obviously someone (ultimately the exec. producer) did not fulfill his/her responsiblities.
It is all about the 'quick and dirty' interview and filling the time slots available rather than wide ranging views of opinion.
We were invited to an All Mayor Debate.
Comment by Jennifer Lewis on 16th November 2011
I expressed my concerns about Mr Dunster and Mr. Ritchie not being on the air when CBC called this am 30 seconds prior to going on air for the Debate. I asked them to announce when Merv would be on air as they couldn't reach Mr. Dunster. As it was Dave Pernarowski due to technical difficulties did not show aswell until the very end of the show. Perhaps Mr. Pernarowski, Mr Ritchie and Mr. Dunster can have their say and set up another interview time.
Hard to believe
Comment by Sheldon Davidson on 16th November 2011
It's hard to believe that CBC North does not have the capability to bring in more than three guests at a time.
3 way calling, voip services and conference lines are three readily available solutions.
I can't help but think that there's another reason why all candidates cannot go on the air other than CBCs technical limitations.
Comment by Dr. Bruce Bidgood on 16th November 2011
This is an opportunity for Leadership gone unmet. The three Mayoral candidates interviewed on CBC should have declined rather than to have excluded their running opponents. Similarly, meetings that focus on Mayoral hopefuls at the exclusion of Council candidtates should go unattended.
Comment by Stacey Tyers on 16th November 2011
That is completely unacceptable. They should have made acceptable arrangments or at least given advance warning to MAKE acceptable arrangments.