I appreciate the coverage of Dr. Suzuki’s message (“Understanding climate change: reading beyond headlines,” David Suzuki column, ArmchairMayor.ca, Nov. 10, 2017). It’s important and relevant. One wonders if relevance is important then why did no media cover Suzuki’s and Naomi Klein’s visit to TRU on last Tuesday and Wednesday.
Suzuki drew 900 people and Klein drew 700. In most societies that would indicate relative importance of their messages and yet media in Kamloops thought different and seem to have been ignorant of their presence in this little town. This kind of selective non-coverage is shameful to say the least.
No TV coverage. No printed media coverage and no radio coverage of the events themselves. It’s like 1,600 Residents of Kamloops don’t matter, and their desire to understand the issues is insignificant.
Like Chase Iron Eyes’ information about the pending disaster at DAPL was of no account. He wasn’t covered either.
Shame on you all.
EDITOR’S NOTE: For a practical answer, you might ask which local media had reporters on shift when Suzuki and Klein made their presentations at TRU. Local media tend to cover visits by such folks by doing advance phone interviews instead of being there — it’s easier and much cheaper. I don’t know about the other media but I believe CBC Daybreak Kamloops did a “phoner” with Suzuki.