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Letter from Mayor Nenshi to Calgary Sun publisher - January 10 2012

Letter from Mayor Nenshi to Calgary Sun publisher - January 10 2012

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A letter describing numerous inaccuracies in a Sun column.
A letter describing numerous inaccuracies in a Sun column.

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T
HE
CITY
OF
January 10, 2012
CALGARY
Mr
.Gordon Norrie, Publisher &
CEO
OFF
I
CE
OFTHE
MAYORAH
EED
K.N
EN
SHI,
MAYOR
The Calgary
Sun
2615
12
St.
NE
Calgary
ABT2E
7W9Dear Mr. Norrie,Thank you for taking the time
to
speak
with
me last week.I
am
writing
to
you
to
express my extreme disappointment
with
respect
to
the publication
of
the article in theToronto
Sun,
the Calgary
Sun
and
other
QMI papers entitled"
All
Means All" by
Ezra
Levant, starting on Saturday,December 31,2011. This article followed
an
appearance by
Mr
.Levant on
Sun
News
TV
where he called me a
"bigot",
"anti-Christian" and "socialist" and gave
out
my email address
on
air.
Sun
News Network continued
toquote
this on several
of
its shows. The article
has
also been quoted by other media outlets and
other
groups.There are a number
of
serious problems
with
this column, given that
it
is
based upon a number
of
assertions
that
are untrue:First, I did
not
order the City Police
to
arrest Mr. Pawlowksi.Your paper should
be
fully aware that thepolice are under the control
of
a civilian police commission and no politician in thiscountry has the power
to
order the police to do anything. I
am
shocked
that
your editors do
not
appear
to
understand this basicfact. Indeed, I did
not
even know
of
this incident until after
it
had occurred.Second, I have been fairly sympathetic
to
Mr. Pawlowski's group.
In
fact, prior
to
this incident,I hadsuggested
to
the City Manager
that
the City allow
Mr
.Pawlowski
to
use the atrium on special occasionsprovided that he completed the same paperwork that every other group (including groups from Christian,Jewish and Muslim communities) must submit. Despite repeated warnings
from
City Staff,
Mr.
Pawlowskirefus
ed
to
obtain the necessary approval
s.
Third,
Mr.
Levant misquotes the appeal judge in his column.
His
quote from the
judgment
is
actually theargument that the judge rejected.
One
would expect that a lawyer like Mr. Levant would know
how
to
read a judgment.Fourth, this column accuses
me
of
"anti-Christian bigotry". This accusation
is
so
offensive and
so
untruethat
there
is
no need
to
elaborate
on
it. It
is
impossible
to
ignore the racist under-tones
of
this column.The article states no less than four times that I
am
a Muslim
in
support
of Mr
.Levant's assertion that I
am
anti-Christian. How many times did the
Sun
mention that
Jason
Kenney
is
Catholic in reporting on hisstatements about the niqab?Sixth, the column contains a gratuitous (and need
it
be
said, again untrue) swipe at my personal life andthe fact that I look after my elderly, unwell parents.This
has
nothing whatsoever
to
do
with
the rest
of
thecolumn.I have no problems with a columnist voicing
his
opinions.However, when the columnist makes factual errors insupport
of
his opinion and
accuses
me
of
being a bigot, then I have a very big problem.
On
the first issue, I
am
particularly disappointed in the response that I received from the editor-in-chief,
Jose
Rodriguez,
who
suggested
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