I’ve been trying to understand exactly why I’ve been fielding calls from the national media so much lately. I know that people suffering makes for good press: just look at Iraq, Afganistan, and the Bush presidency for evidence, so it should come as no surprise when the tide turns and all of a sudden it is Windsor who is suffering and making the national news.
After my heavily-edited segment with Carole MacNeil and Evan Solomon on CBC: Sunday Morning, (didn’t see it? click here) I got a call from the producer of CBC radio’s The Current, asking if I would like to be a part of an episode with Anna Maria Tremonti on Monday (the show is archived on CBC’s website). Besides stroking my inflating ego a bit (they really DO love me!) I can’t help but wonder why the national media is so attracted to what we’re doing here, where the local press is and why they are only choosing to focus on the bad news?
It seems that somebody is interested in the viewpoints of the ScaleDown community!
From the conversations I’ve had with both CBC TV and radio, it sounded like they were interested in discussing some solutions to the problems, aside from focusing on the ever-present “bad news”. Besides the guest column in todays Windsor Star from Sam Gundin at York University, (which seems to have been written while he was watching my performance on the CBC panel they have been dwelling on the repurcussions of our decades-old reliance on the auto industry. We can’t move beyond our situation if we don’t engage in some serious diaogue, people!
At least the national media is trying to move us in that direction. Unfortunately, we need our local media and politicos to start an open dialogue on what Windsor is going to do to sustain itself if things continue down this road.
I am going to ask you the question that Dominic Girard, producer for The Current, asked me yesterday. What will Windsor do if the automotive industry leaves it behind? What will we do to change our economic outlook? How can we take our future into our own hands?
These are the kinds of questions that need to be asked. We can’t hope for some super-hero corporation to swoop in and save us all the time. We need to start relying more on the wits and entrepreneurial spirit of Windsorites to move ourselves forward. And if our elected leaders won’t start the dialogue, it’s up to us!