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COMMENTARY · 7th July 2012
Merv Ritchie
The local corporate media has alienated numerous northwest business women. Expressions of shock and outrage can be heard in coffee shops and along the sidewalks.

Black Press, the corporate owner of all the Northwest newspaper publications, including the Terrace Standard, harshly attacked the Terrace and Kitimat businesswomen who stood in protest against Enbridge at the Tsimshian Longhouse style convention center constructed on the local community college grounds.

“[…] while not physically blocking access to the event, made it known the event should not be taking place and those inside should not be there.” penned the editorial later continuing with the suggestion the women were, “limiting free association and free speech for others.”

Read it and watch a video of the gathering, attached below

Standing, holding hands, in two rows of approximately 15 women along each side of the sidewalk leading to the entrance of the Waap’galts’ap center, they quietly sang a peaceful song. Although there were a few props, no one was even holding a protest sign.

Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline Consortium hosted the gathering inside and stated it was only for women calling it “Women Building Communities”. Outside the girls saw it somewhat differently.

“We have already built our communities; Enbridge is here to destroy what we have already successfully built. We’re here to remind them of that.”

There was no gauntlet to walk through or intimidation. In fact, had the writer of this attack against the Northwest mothers, daughters, wives and girlfriends actually attended the gathering, he would have seen friendly exchanges between those walking in and those remaining outside; a respectful exchange of pleasantries. The type of behaviour those of the more nurturing gender are well known for.

The editorial even stoops to possibly the lowest level of ignorance while pretending to be honest and informative stating, regarding the location, “Places of higher learning are places where vigorous debate is encouraged and not discouraged.”

Debate is a discussion of opposing ideas. What the writer is saying with the entire editorial is ‘no opposing representation should be permitted’.

The writing is so offensive every sentence could be analyzed for the remarkable stupidity of the composition. “breeched principles held dearly in Canada”? “Skidded around a slippery slope in Terrace”? When removed from considering the writer might actually be the editor of the local paper, the six paragraph attack on the peaceful gathering of life-bringers appears to be a direct contribution by Enbridge Media Spin Doctors.

This personal affront to intelligence and common dignity is verging on an attack on exactly what the writer falsely pretended to defend, “free association and free speech”.

Enbridge used their large advertising budget to perform the same act of outrage on one of the largest media empires in the country, ‘Post Media’, who owns the Vancouver Province newspaper. They threatened to pull a million dollar advertising contract if a cartoonists’ video presentation of the Enbridge ad “It’s More than a Pipeline, It’s a Path to our Future’ was not taken down immediately and removed from their website. The local editor’s job was also threatened. Read about this by clicking here.

The local Black Press publication has succumbed to the demands of the advertising revenue once again. It is why our citizenry are discovering they have not been informed about certain events. The local media only cover issues in a manner which will not offend those who advertise in their pages.

If there was truly something to be outraged about, that is it. When did media become corporate propaganda only?
Roger Harris and Enbridge $$$
Comment by matthew on 9th July 2012
I have just been informed by phone call, that the Riverside festival accepted cash from enbridge two years ago, as did the Riverboat Days Festival. I was informed that it was Roger Harris who applied for the grant on behalf of the Riverside Festival.

Also, I was informed that if this years Riverside Festival is sponsored by enbridge that they will let us all know.
Re: What if
Comment by Queensland_west on 9th July 2012
As one of the women there, I (like many of the others) chose NOT to go in , despite the Enbridge rep trying to get us in, because they would spin it as support.

We chose not to go in because we do not trust Enbridge as far as we can throw them and know how they would use our being there to their means of stating "50 Terrace women show support by attending session."

No thanks. No Enbridge. No way.
What if.......
Comment by Janice Robinson on 9th July 2012
What if the women who were voicing their opinions outside entered the premises to join the meeting? Seriously.

After researching the Tsimshian treaty process, and listening to endless hours of pro-treaty propaganda, I came to agree with my Mother (and other Elders) that a treaty cannot be agreed to by any sane and caring Tsimshian chief or chief matriarch. But, I continued to attend treaty meetings to access possible, additional information (there is/was none), and to be with my people.

The problems with being anti-treaty, and showing up to their meetings include: Attendees are requested to sign in. These sign-in lists can be used in a variety of ways, which are NOT explained to those of us who sign them. All meetings are videoed by the local "treaty team," and many pictures are taken. I have never witnessed any other media allowed in to video or take pictures. These videos and pictures are then used to advance their cause, as if all participants are gleefully supporting the proposed treaty.

So, I usually opt out of these meetings, and voice my opinions in other forums (like the Terrace Daily). I do not want my people to think that just because I do not go to these meetings that I am uninterested.

So, what if these women went into the meeting?
Comment by ed on 8th July 2012
does anyone else have trouble viewing the video. For some reason I can rarely watch a Terrace Daily video.
Comment by R1chard Jenn1ss on 7th July 2012

BRAVO to all of those who participated in this peaceful presentation.
Thank you for standing up.

From the pictures and the video how does the Standards "editor" draw such conclusions?
Oops...I did....
Comment by MaggieJo Johnson on 7th July 2012
Sorry Mr or Ms or Mrs 'amazed' (whoever you are. Just that you're an anonymous name here so I apologize for the lack of proper salutation in this regard)....but I DID promptly shove the paper into the budgie cage for them to crap on!

That being said...women tend to rule the roost. We do! And men consistently admit it. Even though they jest about us women behind our backs - calling us dragon ladies, meanies, etc....they can make fun of us all they want, but when they return home to us? They're suddenly putty in our hands. Oh, really?

So, we women DO have power, heh?

Well then. Let's continue to use it.

(PS - gotta zip now and scrub the clothes on the washboard by the river. You us womenfolk tend to do while gathering together in joint form to concoct up another scheme.)
What is next?
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 7th July 2012
Maybe we will have Joe Oliver or Stephen Harper declare them enemies of the state or terrorist organizations.
Comment by Apocalypse Now on 7th July 2012
The terrace Standard and kitimat sentinel are both run by the same group and they are both Crap. No investigative reporting what so ever .
Comment by Samantha on 7th July 2012
It was disgusting. These women are good people and portecting their community. A community they have contributed to regularly, running businesses, working, volunteering and donating.

I wonder if black press will see another penny of advertising dollars from these women.
Women have their place
Comment by amazed on 7th July 2012
It appears Rod thinks these women should go back to their kitchens and leave the real work to men. It is masogyny, almost like the arab league, women are nothing but trouble eh? how dare they speak there mind, just like children, women should be seen but not heard, barefoot and pregnant. I wouldn't even let my birds crap on that paper
I will drink to that...
Comment by blocky bear on 7th July 2012
//////slanted ///// editorial from Terrace Standard. d.b.
well said
Comment by toots500 on 7th July 2012
Well said. That editorial was unbelievably ignorant, and caused far more discord than the protest.