I was surprised to read the front page of the May 8 Brandon Sun on the day after the famous Canadian author Farley Mowat died on Wednesday.
What shocked me was that there was no mention of Mowat’s passing on the front page. It seems the priority of news in Brandon is to cover the proposed citizenship summer ceremony of “several families,” a “McHappy Moment” for a sick three-year-old to travel to a Disney site in Florida and the proposed opening of a bar pub claiming to “have the mentality of ‘Cheers’” a U.S. TV series.
What annoys me is how easily your paper gives front page space to largely trivial local events having big-name U.S. connections and ignores the death of a famous senior Canadian writer that most citizens read in school and beyond.
So it does seem that the mindset readership of Brandon, if one is to judge from the priority of your front page news, is a sad pandering to U.S. TV illusions and U.S. mega food businesses. Sadly it seems your paper has little respect for major Canadian authors or the marking their deaths as major news events.
Could you at least have contacted someone in the English or Canadian literature department for comment? Or is Brandon just a hick outpost of an expanding U.S. empire? As it seems by your flimsy front page on May 8. Farley Mowat, a staunch true Canadian and author, deserved better.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 14, 2014