CPA Public Affairs
March 2018

CPA Outraged by Misleading CBC Headline

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On February 13, the CBC, through its reporter Jean Laroche, published a story titled "A propane tank is a bomb." According to the CPA, the CBC demonstrated irresponsible journalism by publishing a sensationalist and misleading headline that reinforced Nova-Scotia Utility and Review Board member Dawna Ring’s negligent statement. The CPA sent a letter to the CBC objecting to their poor journalism and indicated that for our industry, the CBC did not abide by its journalistic code. Publishing a story titled in such a way is fear-mongering and negligent. Considering the article was related to a Nova Scotia regulatory hearing about a company leasing buses while not licensed to do so, the CBC lacked accuracy, integrity, balance, impartiality and fairness. Every day, hundreds of thousands of Canadians rely on propane for their homes, businesses, farms and fleets. 

On February 26, the CPA received a response from the CBC indicating that editorial leaders amended the headline to remove the phrase "the propane tank is a bomb" with "Stock buses found loaded in July with prohibited items". 

For more details, you can read the CPA’s letter to the CBC and the CBC’s response on The Grid.

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