Wednesday, March 21, 2012


“in reality this event was indeed a very real act 
of gendered violence.”

Linda Ross.
Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women

 “Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in physical, sexual or
psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary
deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life (Unesco 1999 p.53)”

Hot on the heels of Geoff Meeker and  Russell Wangersky's comments regarding the infamous Jim Bennett phone message, the real implications of the crass attempt to manipulate the media and create a story on International Women's Day is getting some discussion.

The always analytical Ed Hollett has a post today which examines the Twitter exchange between the Premier's Communications guru, Glenda Power, Lana  Payne -President of the Federation of Labour, &  West Coast syndicated writer, and  blogger ( ReadilyAParent) Dana Evans Dara Squires over the latter's blog post "False Feminists in Politics"

The  post has re-opened a can of worms that might provide an opportunity for the media to investigate the allegations of gendered violence and the choreographed manipulation by the government in a much more thorough way.

Another spin-off from this enduring story is today's Telegram column from Peter Jackson: What makes something a news story? I asked a similar question in a post last month during the Febrez debacle.

Ross's decision to enter the fray, quoting government expenditures and producing patented "government messages" will surely add another chapter to this story and ensure it makes the news-cycle once again. It will be interesting to hear more on how Ross's declaration falls into the category of continuing to work on issues concerning the equality and status of women in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Perhaps this time around the media will seek answers to questions like: Why weren't Bennett's constituents legitimate issues resolved or investigated prior to these calls? Why was an MHA's legitimate inquiry and calls ignored? Why was the complaint against Bennett not addressed earlier - if the concerns expressed were valid? Did the Government House Leader fail to follow house procedure? Was the Access to Information Act broken?

This has got to be the most twisted political charade to ever play out on the floor of the House of Assembly. If the government has failed to see that the public can see right through this crap, round two should make it clear.


Cyril Rogers said...

Peter, this charade is the only thing that is important to this sorry excuse for a government. The true interests of this province have been lost for many years and its getting worse, as they perpetuate politcal fluff.

I am sickened by their arrogance and lack of decorum both in and outside the HOA and it is high time we, the people, said, "Enough!" It is our money and our resources but it is bartered away and bandied about by self-serving idiots in positions of power. I have lost faith in these people totally and cannot accept that they have anything but self-interest at their core. It is up to us to let them know we are sick of their stupid games!

Readily A Parent said...

Hi Peter,
Just happened upon this post and wanted to offer a correction.

I am Dara Squires - blogger at Readily A Parent and syndicated columnist.

I've often been called Dana by mistake, but the Evans is a complete surprise.

Thanks for sharing all the same.