April 10, 2015, The Vancouver Observer wrongly reported that Vivian Krause, who writes this blog, was part of a planned attack on environmental charities involving suspended senator Mike Duffy, now in court on criminal charges, and Ezra Levant, a former broadcaster with Sun News. This is entirely untrue.
Within days, The Vancouver Observer retracted 15 sentences from its article, including the entire headline, and substantially re-wrote the rest. Some errors were not corrected. At my suggestion, a disclosure was added to acknowledge that the publisher, Linda Solomon Wood, is the sister of Joel Solomon. Mr. Solomon is a former employee and board chair of the Tides Foundation. He is also president of several charities, including the Endswell Foundation whose questionable expenditures have been exposed by my articles in The Financial Post, The Georgia Straight and elsewhere.
While blocking me on Twitter such that I couldn't read their tweets, The Vancouver Observer and the National Observer tweeted their story widely over the weekend of April 10 - 12. At least 12 of their tweets have since been deleted but before they were deleted, those tweets were re-tweeted more than 200 times to thousands of people, including, for example, Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party who has 140,000 followers on Twitter.
After 10 pm on Sunday evening, April 12, The Vancouver Observer apologized on Twitter that 'scheduled auto-tweets went out in error.' A vague apology was included in the article but The Vancouver Observer has refused to issue a proper correction to set the record straight.
May 10, 2015, The Vancouver Observer and The National Observer published a story by Sandy Garossino and Mychaylo Prystupa, with the headline "Duffy Connected Charity Critic to Lucrative Industry Cash." Again, this headline and the gist of this article are entirely untrue. The Vancouver Observer has been informed of numerous inaccuracies in the article, none of which have been corrected.
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