Pass Herald being sued
Lindsay Goss is a reporter for the Pass Herald. Some people may remember her as the young woman who broke the mould story at our hospital that garnered provincial, national and even international attention and acclaim.
I had a long conversation with Lindsay today in which she told me an ugly story filled with political intrigue, intimidation, fear, harassment and personal vendettas. No, I’m not talking about some movie. I’m talking about first hand experience of a local young female reporter and her recent encounters with representatives of our local municipal government.
At last Tuesday’s council meeting immediately following its conclusion Director of Protective and Community Services Albert Headrick summoned Lindsay Goss to his office for a private closed door meeting. According to Lindsay, Albert was very terse, condescending, and scolding with her. He lectured her with respect to a recent story she did about the fire that took place in Coleman on 17th Ave. that he took exception to. The manner in which he conducted himself made her feel berated and threatened, she said.
Further to this meeting Albert invited Lindsay to attend a special meeting for Thursday (today) that he was setting up between the two sisters of the lady whose house burnt down in Coleman, the fire chief, CAO, media and other interested parties (this meeting subsequently got cancelled at the last minute?). When Lindsay stated she would be bringing her boss to this meeting she was specifically told not to do so as she (her boss) “lacked credibility” and accused her of being on a “personal vendetta” against the municipality and their representatives.
Unbeknownst to Albert, and even Lindsay at the time, this conversation was recorded as Lindsay said she hadn’t had the presence of mind or time to turn off her tape recorder from the council meeting she had just attended.
Afterwards, when she reported the events of what took place to her employer at the Pass Herald, Lisa Sygutek as Publisher, took it upon herself after hearing the tape to make copies and send them by way of email to Mayor, members of council and our CAO Myron Thompson.
Myron Thompson from what I understand at the conclusion of a telephone conversation he initiated with Lisa informed her that the municipality would be suing reporter Lindsay Goss and the Pass Herald.
The above, to the best of my understanding, was what was told to me in a one-on-one conversation with Lindsay Goss. I leave it to my readers and the public to decide for themselves the good, bad and ugly of this story.
Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.