Yesterday afternoon, reading through media reports on Sunday’s march for Jobs Justice and Climate I noticed an anomaly in the Toronto Star. Their article, as you can see above, claims that David Suzuki, Jane Fonda, and Naomi Klein “marched loudly through downtown Toronto on Sunday”.
One of the habits I have when reporting on a march is to stand at the front with my video camera and make an end-to-end recording of the march. On Sunday I did just that, not only wanting to catch the video, but looking out for David Suzuki- I had a brief encounter with him earlier (he recognized me, guessing he’s a reader), but I had some questions about Suzuki and his grandson’s bad behaviour on Burnaby Mountain.
So I wrote to both the Star and their staff writer Tamara Khandaker, and asked them to confirm to me where they saw Suzuki and Fonda in the march. The only response I got was from CUPE’s communications staffer Kevin Wilson, a nasty little man who tried to deflect my questions spreading FUD. Well, today the evidence has come in- the Toronto Star’s article was a fabrication.
It was obvious to me something was up when I interviewed Fonda that she wasn’t planning to march (stay-tuned for an upcoming article with all of the details). She didn’t come wearing walking shoes, but a fashionable pair of unpadded sandals- Fonda would be nuts if she tried to walk down hot downtown tarmac wearing these.
The truth came out this morning in an article by Luisa D’Amato of the Waterloo Region Record:
According to D’Amato’s report, Fonda left with her grandson before the march and hopped into a cab with her grandson- “I’ve got a plane to catch,” she said. Which brings us to the Toronto Star’s story, there’s no way they could have seen her marching “loudly”, she wasn’t part of the march.
Folks, be careful when reading the Toronto Star- they might not be telling the truth. Please note the tweet below, they were alerted to this problem over 20 hours ago and still have done nothing to fix it- Brian Williams is blushing…