I’m a retired elementary school teacher, and I’ve been told on occasion that I am a presentable, non-threatening kind of person. I am also deeply concerned about BC Hydro’s blanket rollout of wireless smart meters in this province.
Recently, the day before the UBCM’s moratorium vote, I had the questionable pleasure of sitting beside legislative reporter Tom Fletcher, on a sunny bench outside the Vancouver Convention Centre.
I was one of the “tiny group of protestors” he mentions in his ‘dumb leaders’ article, and I twice attempted to engage him, briefly, in polite conversation. Predictably, perhaps, I was met with a dismissive nod, no eye-contact whatsoever, and silence.
His interaction with me, or lack of it, was memorable because it underscored the fact that Mr. Fletcher was singularly unwilling to look around to see anything except what was directly in front of his face: a newspaper and his iPhone.
In light of his article –– penned after the vote and re-printed in local papers province-wide –– and the defensive tone of, “I’m done arguing with people who make up their own facts. I’ll just address those who haven’t bought into this nonsense,” it seems that he is making a huge mistake.
Essentially, he is eliminating balanced perspective.
His one-sided, caustic commentary, like his closed approach to dialogue, doesn’t help to raise awareness about the issue. It simply negates intelligent input and ultimately disrespects new voices, ethical viewpoints and the democratic process.
Another chance to be an unbiased reporter goes up in smoke and mirrors meters.