Cut Through Spin During G8, G20 Summits

(Published in Northern Life on July 21, 2010.)

In the next week, people in Sudbury will be seeing a lot in the news about the G8 and G20 summits.

Politicians, big business leaders and bureaucrats from the most powerful countries on earth are gathering in Huntsville and Toronto to talk about the state of the world.

The news will probably include coverage of the ridiculous expense Prime Minister Stephen Harper has imposed on the people of Canada through the ways his government has organized the summit, with the “fake lake,” high security costs, and all the rest.

This is important. It will also probably include excessive (and usually poorly informed) attention to the tactical choices of a small number of protesters. This is inevitable.

But I want to encourage people in Sudbury not to be distracted by these ways of framing the story.

Rather, I hope people are…

Read the rest at Northern Life.

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