HomeSudbury News

Councillor decries media treatment of Flour Mill, Donovan

By: Darren MacDonald - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Mar 27, 2014 - 5:35 PM |
Notre Dame Avenue in the Flour Mill is seen in this file photo. Ward 12 Coun. Joscelyne Landry-Altmann says local media is too quick to paint the Flour Mill and the Donovan in a negative light. File photo.

Notre Dame Avenue in the Flour Mill is seen in this file photo. Ward 12 Coun. Joscelyne Landry-Altmann says local media is too quick to paint the Flour Mill and the Donovan in a negative light. File photo.

Pleads with media to be sensitive to neighborhood reputation

One city councillor got emotional this week when she was airing a complaint about the wording of a recent newspaper headline.

Ward 12 Coun. Joscelyne Landry-Altmann was upset about a reference to the Flour Mill in a story about a woman who was viciously raped on Notre Dame Avenue.


The headline, which appeared in another publication, implied the attacker was from the area, when in fact he was a Newfoundlander who had been kicked off a Vancouver-bound bus.

“The headline was, 'Five years for Flour Mill rapist,' ” Landry-Altmann said. “But halfway through the article, it was made clear that he was passing through Sudbury, and was not a resident. As a councillor for the area, I take issue with the headline.”

While using the article as an example, she said negative portrayals of the Flour Mill and the Donovan are prevalent in the local media, without providing any other examples.

“To continually pigeonhole an entire area, for the purpose of a catchy headline, is not respectful of these historic neighbourhoods, or the residents,” Landry-Altmann said, appearing to be almost in tears and pausing several times as she spoke. “This is an appeal that I am making to the media, on behalf of residents of that area.

“There's no doubt we have challenges within the boundaries of this area,” she continued.

But the two areas include many families who have been here for generations, “who pay their taxes, maintain their properties, go to church, volunteer and invest in the community.”
Many local volunteer groups have worked hard to improve their neighbourhoods, she said, and there are many success stories as a result.

“So to negatively paint an entire area with one brush is discouraging and has lingering negative social ramifications … and seriously undermines the efforts put forth by these valiant citizens.”

She said such headlines bring down property values, and stigmatizes everyone from the area in a negative way. Landry-Altmann acknowledged positive articles have been written, but the areas have been given such a rough ride in the past, residents are very sensitive to what's being written and said.

“I appeal to you to be specific, to be area specific, be street specific,” she said. “Please do not label an entire neighbourhood.”

 
Darren MacDonald

Darren MacDonald

Staff Writer

@Darrenmacd

Reader's Feedback

NorthernLife.ca may contain content submitted by readers, usually in the form of article comments. All reader comments and any opinions, advice, statements or other information contained in any messages posted or transmitted by any third party are the responsibility of the author of that message and not of NorthernLife.ca. The fact that a particular message is posted on or transmitted using this web site does not mean that NorthernLife.ca has endorsed that message in any way or verified the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message. We encourage visitors to NorthernLife.ca to report any objectionable content by using the "report abuse" link found in the comments section of this web site. Comment Guidelines


comments powered by Disqus

Most Popular

Local Business Directory