The Lantzville Log is back in print this month, and it's causing tension between the community's power players and politicians.
The newspaper and the The-Log.ca are under two separate societies, since the rights to the newspaper were purchased by the Lantzville Business Improvement Association through the Lantzville Log Society earlier this year.
Along with the longtime newspaper, there are now two Lantzville Log websites - one run by the Log Society, LantzvilleLog. ca, and one by the Historical Society, TheLog.ca.
Resident Julie Winkel said she managed the Log under private ownership from 2009 to February of this year, but said she couldn't handle the tension between the two societies anymore and transferred the website domain to the Historical Society.
TheLog.ca editor and historical society director Jordan Gail said the Log was run exclusively online until the LBIA bought the rights from the Log Society and ran a print version for September. Gail said he always thought that if a print version returned, the two parties could work together and run the same articles.
"What upset me is that they also started up a website as well," he said. "It's clear that they have no intention on working together."
Gail questioned the community aspect of the paper, and feels it will drive a pro-business, prodevelopment agenda because the LBIA is exclusive to business owners who own property in Lantzville.
But the LBIA website states the association feels it is important for the effort to be communitydriven, rather than run by a few individuals. Ex-Lantzville Mayor Colin Haime is a member of the LBIA and wrote an article for the September issue of the Log on water issues in Lantzville.
His wife, district Coun. Denise Haime, a longtime member of the Log Society, said members of the LBIA bought the rights to the paper when no one stepped up, and she thinks it will be a great thing for the community.
"What they produce online is their thing," she said.
"(But) they're violating the Lantzville Log Society's wishes, and that's really sad if you think about it."
Lynn Reeve, who edited the Log from 1979 to 2002 and has been part of both societies, said there are clearly underlying issues causing the rift, but she doesn't want to get involved.
"I don't feel like fighting," she said.
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