I’ve had a few people post comments about a current court case in New Westminster on unrelated posts on this blog. The City of New West is involved in a case currently before the Supreme Court of B.C. relating to the former owner of the Windsor Hotel’s unsuccessful attempts to relocate a liquor store to 12th St. a few years ago, and the commenters I mention would like us to write about it. (Note: I haven’t approved the comments, as they are off-topic, and also because I am concerned about the legal implications of some of the statements they made. )
It’s pretty unusual for us to “cover” hard news like that of a court case. We just don’t have the resources to do it justice, so we leave it to the professional journalists and those amateurs who are passionate enough about the subject to invest the time required.
The Newsleader’s Mike McQuillan is following the case, and I imagine someone from the Record will be too.
If you’re interested in a dab of speculation while following the play-by-play of the court case, I suggest you check out the blog of VOICE New Westminster, a political slate opposed to much of the current council’s policies.
Just an FYI for other readers who wish we would write about a particular issue, if you’ve got a story tip for us, please email me directly at info [at] tenthtothefraser.ca rather than leaving an off-topic comment on another post. We do read all the email we get, and we write up story tips as time allows.
If you really want to make sure your issue is written about here, the best way is to offer to write a guest post (under your real name please). Please contribute an original piece or clearly state where else the work has appeared or submitted (i.e. republished from another blog, or also sent as letters to the editor to the local papers).
If anyone wants to comment here on the Windsor case, you may, but please pay close attention to how you write it. Considered criticism is fine, but I can’t approve comments about current court proceedings that imply guilt (we are all innocent until proven guilty, right?), or that are an excuse for name-calling. I will reply privately to anyone whose comments I don’t approve so that you know why. If you use a fake email, that obviously can’t apply.