The B.C. Press Council has dismissed a complaint lodged by Nanaimo Coun. Diane Brennan.
Brennan lodged the complaint following an editorial entitled 'Etiquette refresher course may be needed' in the Sept. 13 issue of the Nanaimo Daily News.
A passage including "When Coun. Brennan turns her back on passionate speakers in the hotly contested Colliery dams debate... ?" was cited and Brennan sought a retraction, saying she had "never" done so.
The Daily News presented evidence from members of the public to the Press Council after refusing the call for a retraction.
In explaining the Press Council's decision, executive director Rollie Rose issued the following: "Hello Ms.Brennan, A Review Committee of the B.C. Press Council met today to review your complaint against the Nanaimo Daily News and agreed unanimously not to forward the complaint for adjudication. After reviewing all written submissions, and the video of the Council meeting, the Committee determined you did turn your back on the speaker delegation. As a result of the Committee decision, your complaint has been dismissed."
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