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Poor mainstream coverage, not special access, made documentary stand out

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Section: Letters Topics: police

May 24, 2005

Poor mainstream coverage, not special access, made documentary stand out

Mr. Rourke speculates [Hog Town: The Politics of Policing, May 23] that as Chairman of the Toronto Police Services Board, I gave Ms. Lee special access to behind the scene meetings to film her documentary.

In fact this is not the case.

Almost everything shown on the documentary occurred at public meetings or public press scrums/interviews.

This underlines the relatively poor job the mainstream news media do in covering important public institutions like the Toronto Police Services Board.

Ms. Lee did an outstanding job and rendered a public service in bringing to light the goings on at the TPSB during a particularly important time.

As did your Mr. Rourke who wrote the most thoughtful review I have read of this film.

Yours Truly,

A.M. Heisey Q.C.
Former Chair Toronto Police Services Board



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