Pravda means the truth.
It was also the name of the Soviet Union state-run newspaper.
That organ’s editorial line was that the Soviet Union and the Communist Party did no wrong.
The City of Ottawa has its own version of Pravda … it’s called its communications department.
It has started publishing summaries of council and standing committee meetings. In these, the city can do no wrong.
Here is part of a release from the city dated July 4.
The Finance and Economic Development Committee today received an annual report on the Lansdowne Partnership Plan, which shows a rising number of visitors to Lansdowne – 3.4 million people in 2016, a 41 per-cent increase over 2015. Over 200,000 visitors are expected when the 105th Grey Cup Festival kicks off in November, generating an anticipated $100 million in economic activity.
Yes of course, the Grey Cup Festival will generate $100 million in economic activity. Wonder how much economic activity is being created by Ottawa 2017 and what its wildly inaccurate figures on economic benefits are now?
And apparently 3.4 million people went to Lansdowne in 2016, an increase of 41 per cent compared to 2015. Now wait a second. Are there turnstiles to get into the Lansdowne shopping centre? Don’t think so. Yet another inaccurate estimate that defies accurate counting and proof. Does something become true because the city says so? Apparently … yes.
The city can’t tally an accurate crowd estimate at a caged event such as Red Bull Crashed Ice let alone count the number of people who walked across the Lansdowne shopping centre. Did the city count the three drunk guys who staggered through Lansdowne at two in the morning on their way home? Apparently … and surprisingly … yes. They must be part of 3.4 million the city counted at Lansdowne. Amazing. The city sees all.
Of course city communications neglected to mention that losses at Lansdowne (in which the city has a considerable financial stake) increased from $14.4 million which is a significantly more than the $12.6 million loss last year. That was the focus of real media stories on this event. The city focuses on increased, immeasurable attendance. The municipality’s communications department and its political masters (that means you Mayor Jim Watson) would call hell tepid.
The city communications department can’t burp without mentioning Watson’s name in a release or a relevant councillor or two. That’s free advertising for pols. If politicians want publicity, they should pay for it themselves not charge taxpayers. Furthermore constantly mentioning politicians’ names in releases reinforces the influence of incumbency … a major problem in a democracy. But incumbents want it their way. Never give a potential opponent an even break.
And didn’t Watson and the media folks blacklist The Bulldog? How did that happen? Must have been a misunderstanding.
If the city communications department wants to provide summaries of goings-on at city hall, they should write what really happened, not propaganda. Tell the truth.
Taxpayers are already paying millions too much for fertilizer at Orgaworld. Why should they pay millions more for the same kind of compost from city communications?
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