Warning: Links on your website may be bad for public relations

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The Teach2010 controversy may educate us about what we post on our websites

So apparently BCTF public relations operatives work the Saturday shift. We got another email telling us that VESTA did not "endorse" the Teach2010 event, despite putting the information on their home page with no disclaimer that it was from a third party. The teacher's union has since taken the link down.

Does posting any kind of information like this on your website imply tacit support for a cause? Our readers and the general public will be the judges of that. CityCaucus.com has removed language suggesting any official endorsement came from VESTA. Maybe this is a lesson to organizations who want to put politically charged messages out without vetting them with their members.

Anyway, here is hopefully the last in a series of emails from the BCTF.

Thank you for striking out the word "sponsorship" from the "Vision's School Board chair defends political program aimed at children" story. However, "endorsement" is just as inaccurate. There is no relationship. Please ensure your story in no way indicates an official relationship or misleads readers. A link was posted. That is all.

From the Teach 2010 website: "Teaching 2010 Resistance has not been officially endorsed by any educational body or teachers' union, nor are we seeking any such endorsement".

After reading another story on your website, I am also concerned about the quote, "VESTA's (Vancouver elementary teachers union) distasteful campaign to brainwash our kids about the Olympics being bad" in the "Raymond Louie finds Burrard Bridge billboard graceful" story. That too is false. There is no such campaign by VESTA. Please retract or change that as well.

Thank you for your continued attention to this matter.

Rich Overgaard
BCTF Media Relations

The third paragraph in the email resulted in this post being updated.

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If you insist on posting our emails, please don't edit them to omit key details. Here is the full email you refer to.

Thank you for striking out the word "sponsorship" from the "Vision's School Board chair defends political program aimed at children" story. However, "endorsement" is just as inaccurate. There is no relationship. Please ensure your story in no way indicates an official relationship or misleads readers. A link was posted. That is all.

From the Teach 2010 website: "Teaching 2010 Resistance has not been officially endorsed by any educational body or teachers' union, nor are we seeking any such endorsement".

After reading another story on your website, I am also concerned about the quote, "VESTA's (Vancouver elementary teachers union) distasteful campaign to brainwash our kids about the Olympics being bad" in the "Raymond Louie finds Burrard Bridge billboard graceful" story. That too is false. There is no such campaign by VESTA. Please retract or change that as well.

Thank you for your continued attention to this matter.

So... VESTA is simply operating as a networking site? I suppose I dont have to tell a media relations person that the words "teach" and "resistance" alone may not raise any hackles, but put them together, in this province with children involved, and well...the outcome should not be a surprise.

Readers will note that the omitted paragraph does not pertain to my posts on this topic. Daniel updated his post accordingly.

The VESTA site promoted the Teaching 2010 Resistance group and event, there is no other way to put it. Even if that promotion was no more heartfelt than any ad, it was an attempt to promote the group and event and no teachers association should promote a group or event aimed at teaching small children any political point of view in a classroom. This is not hard to understand.

cheezz talk about making a mountain of a mole hill.
We get it all ready City Caucus,you will stoop to any level to smear Vision, you obviously have an axe to grind.
Nothing wrong with that I suppose. But that said there is legitimate criticism and then there is attack for any reason no matter how tenuous or far fetched,i.e tabloid journalism,a la The Province.

Again with this? What is this the 5th post on this.

Grow up already. What are you 12?

I love to see the hackles of the loonier members of the left raised, as per the last two posted comments here.

My, why so sensitive, IN NEWWEST and Dirk? It's obvious that VESTA should be spanked for having the ORN link on their website at all. Talk about bad judgement!

Come on, take it like men, guys!

Despite the union's complaint and denial, they were clearly caught with their pants down. Good on you, Citycaucus.com.

I hope everyone caught Dan Murphy's cartoon in today's (Sunday's) Province.

Classic! Perhaps the editors of this esteemed organ could link to it, for the amusement and benefit of all?

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