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To the editor,

The Coast's most recent editorial has disappointed me, and many other locals, yet again ("What Halifax is," by Kyle Shaw, Jan. 3). While you mention a couple of great things about urban renewal in HRM, you also show that on important matters such as this, you miss the boat entirely, by not doing your research or keeping abreast of the local news scene.

The Toronto Star article that your friend mentioned, "Will Halifax get its groove back in 2008?" is not a Star piece, but something they pulled off the Canadian Press wire.

The article, written by Michael Tutton, was actually published here in Halifax by The Chronicle Herald. It appeared on Sunday, December 23, in The Nova Scotian.

What with all of the talk about civic renewal and leadership on The Coast's pages, it would do a whole lot of good for your office to keep abreast of what other local papers are already saying on the topic.

The Coast is by now as orthodox and gentrified as the Herald, with an overlapping readership—get to know what other papers are also saying about HRM business before parroting it yourself, and ending up with egg on your face.

By Michael Steeleworthy


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