Mis­rep­re­sented

The Walrus - - LETTERS -

I was dis­mayed to see a num­ber of in­ac­cu­ra­cies and mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions about me in Mark Mann’s ar­ti­cle about Lake Win­nipeg (“The Dead Zone,” July/au­gust).

Mann’s in­ter­view with me oc­curred two years ago. For some fan­ci­ful rea­son, he in­di­cated in his ar­ti­cle that I “left [my] post” be­cause of “frus­tra­tion”: this state­ment is com­pletely un­true. I re­tired (one year af­ter the in­ter­view) be­cause I was far past the nor­mal age of re­tire­ment, and I could no longer keep up with the phys­i­cal de­mands of the job. I have been por­trayed as the “sad­dest” and “an­gri­est” sci­en­tist, when in truth I have had a par­tic­u­larly long and sat­is­fy­ing ca­reer, and have con­trib­uted much to sci­ence and to my com­mu­nity. In fact, I have re­ceived many com­mu­ni­ty­ser­vice and en­vi­ron­men­tal awards. Mann sen­sa­tion­al­ized and dis­torted neg­a­tive state­ments at­trib­uted to me, some of which were shock­ingly in­ac­cu­rate, while ig­nor­ing the pos­i­tive state­ments I also made. All in all, the ar­ti­cle was bi­ased, di­vi­sive, and not con­ducive to con­struc­tive dis­course. Are we not all work­ing on the same side? I am deeply dis­ap­pointed.

Eva Pip

Win­nipeg, MB

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