‘ We are glad they have seen rea­son’

Friends of Green Cove ap­plauds re­moval of jour­nal­ists as sup­port­ers of Mother Canada pro­ject

Cape Breton Post - - HOT ONLINE - SYD­NEY

The Friends of Green Cove group is ex­cited to see the names of three well-known Cana­dian jour­nal­ists re­moved from the online list of honorary pa­trons of the Mother Canada pro­ject planned for the Cape Bre­ton High­lands Na­tional Park.

The names of CBC’s Peter Mans­bridge, and CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme and Lloyd Robert­son have been re­moved.

“It’s some­thing we’ve been press­ing for, we are glad they have seen rea­son. I think it is in the in­ter­est of their or­ga­ni­za­tions that they did so,” said Friends of Green Cove spokesman Sean Howard.

“We are pleased the is­sue of jour­nal­is­tic con­flict of in­ter­est has been sat­is­fac­to­rily re­solved, and hope the ‘Mother Canada’ is­sue can now re­ceive fair and un­com­pro­mised na­tional tele­vi­sion cov­er­age on both CBC and CTV.”

The Never For­got­ten Na­tional Me­mo­rial, a pri­vately funded ini­tia­tive, is look­ing to build a me­mo­rial to Canada’s war dead in the Cape Bre­ton High­lands Na­tional Park in north­ern Cape Bre­ton.

“We’ve ap­pre­ci­ated their sup­port for our me­mo­rial. We also rec­og­nize that one can’t be in­volved in a pro­ject and be called to re­port on it at the same time. We re­spect that,” said Meg Stokes, di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity and cor­po­rate en­gage­ment for the Never For­got­ten Na­tional Me­mo­rial Foun­da­tion, in an email sent to the Cape Be­ton Post on July 6.

Howard said Friends of Green Cove want honorary pa­trons, what­ever their back­ground, to re­view their sup­port for the pro­ject.

“In the case of the jour­nal­ists, we did need to see some ac­tion,” Howard said.

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