A word about our coverage

Let me get this out of the way: Over the past day, I’ve printed a couple of articles that reflect the critical national coverage of Mike Sullivan.

I like Mike Sullivan. I like him a lot. I think he’s going to be a great MP, and, with the possible exception of this incident, he’s been very good so far. He’s been prominent in the House already, and he’s certainly a community leader. I was just delighted when he won, but I promised myself that I would be every bit as hard on him as I was on his predecessor, Alan Tonks. I expect very good things from my representative.

For what it’s worth, I like Paul Ferreira a lot too. He’s been very generous with his time, and he strikes me as a decent fellow. And one thing deserves special emphasis: Ferreira has never been accused, even by the Liberals, of doing anything wrong. Not one thing. A perfect gentleman.

A few people, including my wife and a good friend, have asked me why I don’t have more critical coverage of Laura Albanese. I think this is a little misplaced, since I haven’t really been critical of Ferreira. And I did have brutal coverage of Alan Tonks, Mike Sullivan’s opponent.[1]

But sure, I’d love to. Like I said: I expect great things of my representative. I think Albanese’s been quite good, but I’m sure there are things she could have done better.  I’d love to bring those to light.

Here’s the thing though: I have a job! And two kids! And judo lessons to give! There really is only so much I can do.

And here’s the other thing: I can’t very well not cover Mike Sullivan when he’s national news. He’s been in the Montreal Gazette, the CBC, and the Globe and Mail.  Laura Albanese, as far as I know, hasn’t.

But I have a deal for you, dear reader: if you can dig up a good story, with bullet-proof evidence, on the Liberals or Albanese’s record, I’ll run it—if I think I won’t get sued.

For that matter, I’ll run any good story on our community. There are three little links up there to the right. If you want to discuss, knock yourself out. If you want to write, drop me a line. If you have a tip, you know what to do.



[1] I knew I had made it when Tonks wouldn’t talk to me at a community barbecue. That was a great day.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

3 thoughts on “A word about our coverage”

  1. Hey Adam,

    Has anyone thought of asking Laura why this is even an issue? Bet if you ask her she wouldn’t even know! She would most likely ask you to call her office, call Nunziata or even to call Judy. It will be a sad day for our riding if she wins again….

  2. Hey why are Ferreira’s NDPers workers ganging up on bloggers of WestonWeb.ca? They just pasting on news about our neighourhood, like they said they not full time journalists, if want to complain then go comments section on CBC, or G&M websites. If you search Albanese name they do have critical articles written about her time as MPP. Keep up the good work WestonWeb.ca

  3. It’s called discourse, Mel. And while Westonweb.ca is ‘passing’ on news, not ‘pasting’ on news as you wrote, those of us who are concerned, whether NDP or not (I am not), hold Laura and her party account for the rail issue. It forces us to look at the party with a different eye and move our vote elsewhere. There is no one else to blame. In fact, if you know the history of the issue, you can blame Sgro’s government of the day as it was her government who initiated this with the tacit approval of the MPs including herself, Tonks and Collenette who started it. I am pretty afraid our community is going to get a lot worse with the trains, property values will drop and the main street will get even worse. You won’t be able to blame the NDP, Conservatives or Greens for that –it squarely lands in the laps of the Liberals at both levels.

    Why would I complain to the CBC or G&M on a local issue? If you can’t stand the commentary, don’t read it!

    I know many traditional ‘blue’ voters in Weston who are voting orange because of this issue. Somehow I don’t think they would be switching their votes if they were happy.

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