Northern Pen : 2020-03-25

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020 GREAT NORTHERN PENINSULA AND SOUTHERN LABRADOR A member of the SaltWire Network Newfoundla­nd and Labrador is not the last stop on the food chain, and stock is being replenishe­d, says executive chairman Capt. Syd Hynes of Oceanex, which brings a gamut of products in by vessel and truck. “We’re seeing absolutely nothing out of the ordinary . ... What’s happening is normal if there is such a word these days,” Hynes said Wednesday, acknowledg­ing it is a nervous time for many people, but freight is running without issue during the COVID-19 crisis. There already was a drop in freight due to the economy, he says. He said everyone from stevedores, to ships crews and truckers are doing a great job. The items on the way include toilet paper. “All the toilet paper in Newfoundla­nd and Labrador doesn’t amount to much at the end of the day, but we did notice,” Hynes said of the mad dash by consumers to buy it this week. But he said national big box stores, half a dozen of which are clients of Oceanex, were concerned about replenishi­ng items depleted during the buying splurge. “I was surprised how quickly we were contacted,” Hynes said of requests for additional shipments. “That was very rapidly rectified . ... They are really tuned into this. Newfoundla­nd and Labrador is not being left out, from what I can see.” Among the array of products Oceanex brings in are perishable­s — bananas, lettuce and tomatoes as well as yogurt and other items. Oceanex has scheduled times to fill up at the distributi­on centre in Ontario — just like anyone else. Hynes said. About 400 trucks go through there each day. “Newfoundla­nd and Labrador is not off or on a priority list. There is no priority list. … We are absolutely no different than anyone else,” he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 getting accurate answers. One example is the image of a throat with text that says gargling warm water with salt and vinegar will cure COVID19. Obviously, it’s not true — but people are being duped by this and other messages. Lyle Wetsch, a professor of marketing at Memorial University, has expertise in social media. “The pace at which this event is changing almost on a by-minute basis is really sucking us into, what’s the latest update? What’s the latest update? “And as with any situation, when you’ve got a large audience that’s tuning in for something, there's the opportunit­y for nefarious individual­s, or foreign actors, to be able to try to influence the conversati­on, sort of like we saw back in the previous U.S. election.” Wetsch said it’s important to check out the credibilit­y of messages. “Anybody can be making comments, or sharing comments. You have to be evaluating the source of that, and not just say because somebody posted a statement of something on social media that it’s true.” Wetsch recommends searching for the origins of a post. For example, on Twitter, he said, nefarious accounts will often have large followings despite only being recently created and not having much informatio­n about themselves. “The main thing is that people have to look to source credibilit­y, and I think one of the challenges with social media is they may see something that their friend shared. And you really have to get to, well, where was the original source of this? You may trust your friend, but did your friend properly vet the source of that informatio­n? And then things start to sort of snowball. “I think the risk that we’ve got, or the challenge that we’ve got, dealing with the current pandemic situation, is that we have so many more eyeballs on those messages on an ongoing basis that it’s easier for a piece of disinforma­tion to slip through, and start to gain a lot of eyeballs and a lot of amplificat­ion before somebody is able to step in and say, ‘Whoa, wait a minute, that’s not accurate. Here’s the accurate informatio­n.’” Wetsch recommends getting informatio­n from trusted sources, such as government institutio­ns and media profession­als who have establishe­d trust in the community over the years for being credible. “It’s sort of like, you’re not going to walk outside, ignore all the media that’s on TV and walk outside and ask your neighbour what’s going on, or what should you do. 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