QIA Responds to Nunatsiaq News Article "QIA Finds Environmental Issues with Baffinland Sites" (October 3rd, 2012)|
James Henry Bell
Editor in Chief
RE: Nunatsiaq News Article “QIA Finds Environmental Issues with Baffinland Sites” (October 3rd, 2012)
We are writing in response to your article covering a report from QIA staff to the Board on a recent inspection of Baffinland's current Mary River site. While QIA appreciates the time and interest your staff have shown to the Mary River project, including QIA's role and efforts, we are also concerned about the role Nunatsiaq News plays in publically informing people using accurate facts and fair representations of what has occurred.
Your recent article, although detailed and informative, did misrepresent some facts. As well the overall message of QIA’s presentation was blurred by choosing to focus on several seemingly negative aspects of the recent site inspection. Throughout our presentation we spoke repeatedly about the positive efforts of Baffinland to improve on-site practices.
In advance of our presentations we provided Nunatsiaq News with copies of all our presentations so that media would be able to follow what was being said and report accordingly. In QIA’s first agenda item related to Mary River, we spent a great deal of time discussing the efforts that Baffinland has made in the following areas:
Further to the current article, QIA has noticed on a number of occasions that Nunatsiaq News coverage related to mining and mining development misrepresents actual situations. Given the amount of activity, the types of investment, and the current flux in development in Nunavut's economy QIA encourages Nunatsiaq News to work with all parties to verify facts and to better understand current events and organizational purpose. To this end QIA would be open to spending more time with Nunatsiaq News to discuss the project and its details independent of a single event that can be reported upon. In fact our communications department worked in advance of the Board meeting to ensure that media had advanced copies of our board reports and we were very open and willing to respond to questions and comments. This will continue to be the type of openness we offer to media moving forward.
Included is a track changes version of your recent article which highlights the areas where QIA feels a more accurate article could have been produced.
We thank you for your attention to these matters and look forward to continuing to working with you.
QIA, Executive Director
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