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City Councillors Speak Out Against National Post

Woodstock City Councillors are responding to an article in the National Post, with the headline "Murder put Woodstock on the map and now its citizens are again asking why us?"

WOODSTOCK - Members of Woodstock City Council are responding to an article written in the National Post, claiming murder has put Woodstock on the map.

The article written by reporter Adrian Humphreys shines a light on the bad news stories the city has witnessed over the years. This includes the murder of Tori Stafford, the suicide crisis, the alleged murders at Carressant Care and convicted murderer Reginald Birchall in the late 1800's.

The article also depicts the city's downtown core as a dangerous place with drug addiction and precarious employment.

Councillor Jerry Acchione tells Heart FM the article did not represent Woodstock whatsoever.

"We can't let one or two people dictate our city, we're just too good for that."

Councillor Sandra Talbot believes the National Post knows nothing about the Woodstock community.

"They don't know our community; they don't know what we are about. They've just driven in, we've had an incident we've had a tragedy and they're focusing on that, they don't know anything about this community. I am just thoroughly, thoroughly upset by their reporting."

Councillor Shawn Shapton says the article is one sided.

"I was completely disgusted with the article. I think it painted an extremely unfair version of what our city is about and only focused on the negatives that are in our community and didn't bother reaching out to anyone to provide any type of a positive outlook on the great things that have happened in our community."

The article sports the headline "Murder put Woodstock on the map, and now its citizens are again asking why us?"

Click here to read the article on the National Post website.

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