In the era of Trump’s “fake news”, manipulating information seems to have become an everyday occurrence. In the current social and political climate, how can we know what is real and what is fake? Taking one person’s word as truth on specific issues may lead to misinformation and misconceptions. You need a deeper understanding of the information available before forming your own opinions. Because it is so difficult to distinguish between the truth and “fake news”, questioning and searching for the truth is vital.
You need to ensure well-balanced and diverse viewpoints are considered when searching for the truth.
“Objectivity means giving all sides an equal hearing and talking to all sides” Christiane Amanpour.
Why am I talking about fake news?
Malicious lies and manipulation of facts is always done with the intent to control someone’s perspective to benefit from something or hurt someone else. In my two years as municipal councillor, I have witnessed intentional misinformation and manipulation of facts all around me on a grand-scale. Intentional misinformation can come from anyone and at any level of society (from a resident, to the news media and also people in power). Perhaps being in politics, the instances of fake news is even more flagrant because there’s so much at stake, I’m not sure.
I wanted to bring up the subject of “fake news” because I’m somewhat disturbed about what I hear and see around me. Disinformation (false information spread deliberately to deceive others) some people are spreading should be a concern to people and lead you to question the real motives. This is not just a matter of having different opinions, it’s about manipulating people. You would be surprised to find out to what extent some people are willing to go in order to control a situation or gain power. Thankfully, this kind of behaviour is only coming from a minority.
Not only it’s important to question motives but going to the source and getting another perspective will allow you to make up your own mind. I’m inviting residents, employees of the town, the business community, news media, or anyone interested in having a discussion, to reach out to any of the Saint-Lazare councillors and share your concerns, ask questions and voice your opinions. This kind of dialogue will allow you to distinguish what is truth and was it “fake news”. At the same time, it will give you a real sense of who we are and where we stand on different issues.
I want to assure you that the 6 Saint-Lazare councillors may all have different ways of communicating but we definitely all have the same views about the importance of transparency.
Here’s how you can reach us
Mr. Pierre Casavant, district 2 councillor
Mr. Benoît Tremblay, district 3 councillor
Mr. Michel Poitras, district 4 councillor
Mr. Richard Chartrand, district 5 councillor
Mr. Brian Trainor, district 6 councillor