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September 13, 2008

Start Re-Running the News; Truth Trainwreck

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The Toronto Sun story I linked to earlier in the week -- the August 15th story that predicted a housing boom for Peterborough once (not if) the Toronto-Peterborough train starts running -- has been yanked from its original URL and republished in another section of the paper (with a September 13th publication date).

Unfortunately, the major factual error that I pointed out in Story Version 1.0 is repeated in Story Version 2.0: Despite what one or more of the four sources quoted in the article may have indicated (Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro, Finance Minister and MP for Whitby-Oshawa Jim Flaherty, Peterborough Mayor Paul Ayotte, and/or Paul Dietrich, President, Peterborough Home Builder's Association), the train isn't coming to Peterborough anytime soon.

It hasn't even been approved.

Saying that the trains should be arriving in Peterborough within two years is to totally distort the truth.

So what's happening here?

The journalists I know (and I know hundreds) take their jobs very seriously.

They want to get the facts out to their readers -- in this case, people who are trying to decide where to purchase a home -- and who may want to take into account confirmed plans for rail transportation links out of Toronto.

People representing all parties, both federally and provincially, are hoping that Peterborough will soon be added to that list, but we aren't there yet. Anyone pretending otherwise is trying to score political points at the expense of the truth.

It would be interesting to know how this reporter, Heather M. O'Conner, ended up with such incorrect information about the proposed rail link to Peterborough -- the train that got fast-tracked just before budget time.

Could it be that someone had a vested interest in leading her down the wrong track?

Related: Peterborough Examiner's Take on Campaign: Local and National Del Mastro's $90 Million Idea

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