To the editor,

This note commends The Coast for revealing comparative assessments of public interest concerns of the readers ("Faux democracy," June 5), and suggests the need for more exploratory, investigative journalism. Citizens find media is a major source of their knowledge and protection of the public interest, with the other stakeholders failing to act for them.

The list of corporate leaders, business associations, governments and accounting firm reports/rankings of specific growth industries (i.e. IT, biotech, etc.) often position Halifax in their presentations as a viable, "world-class" venue where things happen. World-class, my foot! We sometimes overreach. Let's start with the definition of world class, on the basis of population alone in Canada. Windsor, Ontario and Quebec City provincial capital urban area populations of 300,000 would be comparable to HRM's population. We compete in sports, conventions, entertainment, academic/learning, business, etc. In each of these categories there would be rivals, often requiring years of preparation by stakeholders of interest. For example, the race on the public summer entertainment file---Moncton and Halifax in attracting name groups to their respective venues. This is ample assignment material for Halifax-based media, with possible payoffs for the citizenry by having their leaders more effectively represent them on matters that affect them, from HRM, the province or across the region. World class and overreaching included. Thanks.

By Patrick Moriarty

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