LETTER – Reader suggests it’s time Black Press move on from Tom Fletcher

Dear editor,

Tom Fletcher’s latest column (School officials join fact-challenged climate strike, Sept. 24), which conflated the “post-fact” world with concern for climate change, put me over the edge. Many readers have complained, so why is he still here? Does Black Press enjoy the reader reaction to his toxic, misleading rants?

One of the principal reasons society has not come together to deal with the challenge posed by climate change is the doubt that has been sown by commentators such as Mr. Fletcher.

The fact that your paper also gives space to a column by David Suzuki does not compensate for the muddying of the waters of scientific consensus that these “alternate” viewpoints create.

And climate change denialism is only one facet of his take on the world. Fletcher’s angry and mean-spirited bombast takes up precious space in our community newspaper, space that could be used for ideas that are more helpful and more reflective of reality.

If he needs a job, please assign him a task that does not include editorializing. I’ve noticed that he knows how to report on facts outside of his editorial column.

John Gower,


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Survey, hotline launched amid probe into racist blood-alcohol guessing game at B.C. hospital

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been appointed to lead an investigation by Health Minister Adrian Dix

CVRD office and meetings re-opening to public

The office has been closed to the public since March 17 to help limit the spread of the coronavirus

NIC’s Metal Fabrication program returns to Campbell River

Metal fabricators build, assemble and repair products made of steel or other metals.

Courtenay development proposes expanded pub, condos

Courtenay council gave second reading Monday to a development application for a… Continue reading

Feds announce $8.3M to deal with ‘ghost’ fishing gear in B.C. waters

Ghost gear accounts for up to 70 per cent of all macro-plastics in the ocean by weight

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

RCMP disarm man experiencing mental health crisis

The male pulled a knife on officers and then held it to his own throat expressing a desire to die

B.C. appeals judge’s decision to leave three clubhouses in Hells Angels hands

The province has filed two notices of appeal related to the B.C. Supreme Court decision

Conservation officers relocate Spirit bear known to roam northwestern B.C.

Bear roamed valley north of Terrace for many years

B.C. premier applauds call to decriminalize drug possession

Police shouldn’t struggle with health issues, Horgan says

Time to protect B.C.’s unique glass sponge reefs, conservation group says

Climate change is a “serious and immediate threat” to the 9,000-year old sponges: study

Time to protect B.C.’s unique glass sponge reefs, conservation group says

Climate change is a “serious and immediate threat” to the 9,000-year old sponges: study

Indigenous leader Ed John pleads not guilty to historical sex charges

Ed John’s lawyer entered the plea by telephone on behalf of his client

Woman who talked to unconscious husband for 30 years gets solace from B.C. study

Ian Jordan suffered a head injury when he and another officer were on their way to a call in Victoria in September 1987

Most Read