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January 27, 2017

The Alberta Press Council Panel (The Panel) heard the appeal of the Appellant on December 3, 2016. The Appellant contends that the Respondent’s paper published several articles that were inaccurate and misleading. The Appellant further contends that he was not given a fair opportunity to correct the inaccuracies and misleading facts of the articles or to reply to personal attack or criticism.

The Alberta Press Council was established in 1972, and was the first such body in Canada. Consisting of members from the public and the press, the Council’s mandate is:

  • to hear and mediate complaints brought against member newspapers
  • to defend the established freedoms of the press, and
  • to protect against limitations on access to public information

Members of the Alberta Press Council have adopted a Code of Practice. In this particular case, the Appellant contends the Respondent breached the following section of the Code of Practice:

Accuracy

1. It is the duty of the newspapers to avoid publishing inaccurate or misleading statements and further, it is the duty of newspapers to correct promptly, and with due prominence, significant inaccuracies or such misleading statements.

Opportunity To Reply

2. It is the duty of newspapers to allow a fair opportunity for reply when reasonably called for. Individuals and organizations should be given a fair and reasonable opportunity to reply to a personal attack or criticism.

The Panel found the respondent breached the Alberta Press Council Code of Practice with respect to the July 19, 2016 headline and the panel recommends the Respondent correct with due prominence the inaccuracies and misleading statement. Two other issues were not found in breach.

For further information:
Colleen Wilson
Executive Director,
Alberta Press Council
PO Box 2576, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8G8
Telephone: 1-888-580-4104 (Alberta) or 1-403-580-4104
E mail: abpress@telus.net

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November, 2015


Dr. Maggie Fulford, Chair, Alberta Press Council is pleased to announce that Mr. Blake Pedersen has been elected to the position of Public Director 2015 - 2018. He is a former business owner and served as MLA 2012-2015 where he sat on several legislative and government committees.

The Alberta Press Council receives and mediates complaints from the public, defends the established freedoms of the press, and protects against limitations on access to public information.


The Alberta Press Council directors and Industry members welcome Mr. Pedersen to its Board of Directors as it continues to successfully serve Albertans and its member newspapers.


For further information:
Colleen Wilson
Executive Director,
Alberta Press Council
PO Box 2576, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8G8
Telephone: 1-888-580-4104 (Alberta) or 1-403-580-4104
E mail: abpress@telus.net
www.albertapresscouncil.ca


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March 15th, 2013


The Alberta Press Council announces their new model having downsized due to the decision by the Edmonton Journal and the Calgary Herald to leave the membership.

Affiliate Members are: The Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association, the Red Deer Advocate and the Group of Southern Alberta – Medicine Hat News and the Lethbridge Herald.

New public directors are: Arne Handley, Dr. Maggie Fulford and Dr. Doreen Sturla Scott. Industry directors are: Kerry Anderson, owner of Caribou Publishing and Bruce Penton, Assistant Managing Editor, Medicine Hat News.

The Directors are pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Arne Handley as chair, Alberta Press Council. Mr. Handley, a former librarian and junior high school teacher, is a community volunteer and an instructor and professional artist operating a successful ceramic studio. His pottery can be viewed at Scott Gallery in Edmonton.

The Alberta Press Council was established in 1972, and was the first such body in Canada. Consisting of members from the public and the press, the Council’s mandate is:
• to hear and mediate complaints brought against member newspapers
• to defend the established freedoms of the press, and
• to protect against limitations on access to public information

For further information:
Colleen Wilson
Executive Director,
Alberta Press Council
PO Box 2576, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8G8
Telephone: 1-888-580-4104 (Alberta) or 1-403-580-4104
E mail: abpress@telus.net
www.albertapresscouncil.ca


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22 May 2012 - For Immediate Release

Apology for Plagiarism, The Chestermere Anchor Weekly, Chestermere Alberta

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30 March 2012 - For Immediate Release

Further to a report published in the Calgary Herald (“Calgary-area newspaper editor resigns following plagiarism allegations” by Jason Van Russell, 27 March 2012), the Alberta Press Council wishes to confirm that the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Council did meet on Thursday, 29 March 2012.

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March 2012 - For Immediate Release

The Alberta Press Council is pleased to welcome Mr. Kerry Anderson, Publisher, Caribou Publishing, as its newest press member and a representative of the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association. He will begin his term on the Council’s Board of Directors immediately.

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March 27, 2012 - Press Council Study Launched

TORONTO -
Canadians are being asked to share their opinions on the future of Canada’s press councils. A public survey, now available online, is the first stage of a study conducted by Ryerson University’s journalism research centre. The study is being conducted at the request of Newspapers Canada, the national body representing news organizations which, in turn, fund most provincial press councils.

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December 11, 2011 - Press Council Study Launched

TORONTO - A study to examine options for the future of Canada’s press councils has been launched. The study will be conducted by Ryerson University’s journalism research centre at the request of Newspapers Canada, the national body representing news organizations which, in turn, fund provincial press councils.

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For Immediate Release

The Directors of the Alberta Press Council are pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Arne Handley as its newest Public Board member from the readership area of the Medicine Hat News. Mr. Handley brings to the Board a wealth of experience as a teacher/librarian, a professional artist, business owner and community volunteer. His work can be viewed at Scott Gallery in Edmonton. He will begin his term on January 1, 2012.

The Alberta Press Council was established in 1972, and was the first such body in Canada. Consisting of members from the public and the press, the Council’s mandate is:

• to hear and mediate complaints brought against member newspapers
• to defend the established freedoms of the press, and
• to protect against limitations on access to public information


For further information:

Colleen Wilson
Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Alberta Press Council
PO Box 2576, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8G8
Telephone: 1-888-580-4104 (Alberta) or 1-403-580-4104
E mail: abpress@telus.net
www.albertapresscouncil.ca





November 7, 2011 - For Immediate Release

The Directors of the Alberta Press Council are pleased to announce the selection of Reverend Dr. Doreen Sturla Scott as its newest Board member from the readership area of the Red Deer Advocate. Reverend Scott brings to the Board a variety of experiences as a nurse, writer, church deacon and consultant, as well as prior experience as a director of the Council from 2000-2007. She will begin her term in November 2011.

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June 21, 2011

Keeping You Informed - The Annual General Meeting of the Alberta Press Council was held June 2, 2011, in Calgary, Alberta. Bruce Hogle, CM, a former chair of the Council, was guest speaker. He shared the history of the APC and challenged directors to look to the future.

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APC Rules on Complaint Regarding Climate Change Column
The Alberta Press Council has presented its ruling in a case against the Edmonton Journal, following a complaint made under Clauses 1 (Accuracy) and 4 (Balance) of the Code of Practice by Dr. Geoffrey S. Strong. The complaint was not upheld.

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Spring 2010 Newsletter - Volume 3
Keeping you informed with our current newsletter.

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Brown Vs. Brooks
Friday, July 3, 2009 - The Alberta Press Council has upheld a complaint against The Brooks & County Chronicle made by Rob Brown, of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Spring 2010 Newsletter - Volume 2
Keeping you informed with our current newsletter.

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February 9, 2009
Ed Kamps, chair wrote to the Edmonton Journal as a letter to the editor regarding National Media Councils.

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December 19, 2008
The Alberta Press Council has dismissed a complaint by Tony Morneau of Edmonton, that an October 19, 2008 headline in the Edmonton Journal, “TERRORISTS TARGET U.S.A. VIA ALBERTA” was not an accurate statement.

Mr. Morneau complained that “nowhere in the ensuing article is this unequivocal statement of fact supported”. He also stated that the Edmonton Journal didn’t know if terrorists are targeting Alberta – it is pure speculation. Mr. Morneau pointed out that there had been two explosions at sour gas pipelines in British Columbia in the preceding week and felt that the Journal was reporting to its readers that it had determined that terrorists are targeting the US by hitting the energy supply that travels through the energy infrastructure that travels through Alberta.

The story, printed on the front page, described a conference in Calgary attended by specialists and consultants in the field of security and emergency response. The story contained numerous quotes from several of the consultants.

With respect to accuracy, the Alberta Press Council’s Code of Practice states that “It is the duty of newspapers to avoid publishing inaccurate or misleading statements and further, that it is the duty of newspapers to correct promptly, and with due prominence, significant inaccuracies or such misleading statements”

In dismissing the complaint, the Alberta Press Council did note that the headline was provocative, but it did reflect the proposition being put forward by the persons being quoted in the news story, adding that the function of a headline is not to tell the full story, but rather to draw the reader’s attention to the story.

Respectfully submitted,

Colleen Wilson
Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Alberta Press Council
P O Box 2576
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8G8

abpress@telus.net
www.albertapresscouncil.ca
Telephone: 1-888-580-4104 (Alberta)
Telephone: 1-403-580-4104





The Future Of Press Councils
Ed Kamps, chair was a member of a panel on the “Future of Press Councils” at the Canadian Press Council bi-annual meeting in Quebec City in October. This is the text of his speech.

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Fall Newsletter
Keeping you informed with our current newsletter.

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Fall Forum 2008
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Announcing - World Press Freedom Day.
Before this day is over, two journalists will be imprisoned somewhere in the world. By the end of the week a reporter will be killed.

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Fall Forum 2007
The Fall Forum Was A Success!

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