Issued on: 23/02/2021 – 09:43
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The Sports Business Journal reported that ESPN will renew ‘Monday Night Football’ and ABC will return to the Super Bowl rotation.
Disney is expected to pay an increase of up to 30% from its existing deal, which would equate to around $2.6 billion, the report said, citing sources.
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Summerland councillor's letter to media draws disappointment from colleagues – Salmon Arm Observer – Salmon Arm Observer
Some members of Summerland council are disappointed after one councillor aired his disapproval, for a city project, in local news media.
Coun. Richard Barkwill recently submitted a letter to local media, taking issue with the municipality’s solar project. The project had earlier been approved by council, and in July, the site for the project was approved in a public meeting.
In addition to his letter which appeared in area media, Barkwill also had a notice of motion included on the Feb. 22, Summerland council agenda, asking for a statement to be included on the question and answer page on the municipal website section on the solar project. The change was to add the statement, “The solar panels will create at least four times the greenhouse gases as our existing hydropower for the equivalent electricity production.”
While the notice of motion was withdrawn before the council meeting, other members of Summerland council expressed their disappointment with the way Barkwill had presented his objections to the solar project.
“I can’t believe he has been allowed to do this. I believe that this is an ethical problem,” said Coun. Erin Carlson. “Council debate happens at the council table, not in the media.”
However, Barkwill defended his actions. “This was new information and it should be brought forward to correct the record. This is what I’ve done,” he said. “I felt that the record had to be corrected.”
Graham Statt, Summerland’s chief administrative officer, said discussions about a council decision should take place at a council meeting, not in the news media.
“The best place to dialogue about any of these things is at the council table,” he said.
However, he added that there is nothing to prevent a council member from taking concerns to the news media, and there is no code of conduct violations in doing so.
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Pouce Coupe mayor in hot water regarding posts on her social media page – CKPGToday.ca
“Don’t want Pipelines? [sic] They want to protect our land. Yeah ok” on her Facebook page, along with photos of homes with garbage on the front lawns. Which has since gone viral, Mayor Michetti
” I never intended it to be racist, I intended it as a pro-pipeline.” “That was shared to me, and I just turned around and shared it”
The Mayor, since apologizing on social media, and other platforms and says:
” I never made an excuse, I am taking it, I did it, what else am I to do? I am reaching out to the bands I am reaching out to everyone to try and help me learn the culture. I will take any culture courses that there is out there.”
Since that post, several leaders from surrounding communities issued statements, condemning Michetti’s comment.
Richard Mineault, who is a Peace Region local and advocate of the persons of the Cree nation says:
” This is an outright expression of cultural indifference, that’s the way I am putting it. Is it a racial attack? I think so ”
Mineault was hired by Michetti for cultural sensitivity training, but according to him, as more information came to light, regarding her social media posts, he is now advocating for her removal and resignation as Mayor.
” The path forward to resolving this issue begins with her resignation.” The Mayor responding with ” I am not resigning”
The Pouce Coupe village council held an emergency special meeting Saturday and voted unanimously to censure Michetti and limit her powers. However, according to Mineault her refusal to resign won’t fly.
“I am an advocate now for education and awareness and bring to light the responsibility of those in authority. To accept that this cannot be, this can not be allowed in the public.”
As of today, Michetti is still sitting as Mayor with no plan to resign, she tells CKPG she is now receiving threats with one reading in
” You are clearly a piece of *of expletive* [sic] How DARE you try to justify the things you have posted”. and ends with “Congratulations, you are my new pet project.”
” Why resign, take what I did wrong and try and change things, change it, change and show people that I am not racist.” `Mayor Michetti
” those in political offices should be held to the highest standard” –
Michetti’s term isn’t up until 2022, she intends to stay in office and continue the work she has been doing. As of February 25th, Pouce Coupe Councilor Ken Drover has since resigned.
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