As the CBC story on Yukon robocalls set off alarm bells in my head (see here), so did this one from Jeff Davis of Postmedia (see here) in which a Ottawa mother, Dianna Sakisheway, complains about a high school presentation MP Garry Breitkreuz gave to her daughter’s class.
The obvious signal that something may be fishy with the story was that she emailed Minister Vic Toews about another MP and cc’ed it to a Newfoundland Liberal MP Judy Foot who then read it out in the House of Commons:
“(Breitkreuz) told a classroom of Ottawa high school students — some as young as 14 — that all Canadians should carry firearms, and girls in particular should be armed to protect themselves from sexual assault.
Does the minister of public safety agree with his colleagues’ extreme position that children should be carrying loaded guns into the schoolyard?”
Breitkreuz denied having made any such statements, and asked Foote to withdraw her statement and apologize to him.
“This is completely unfounded,” he said. “Its absurd and totally without foundations.”
So, who is this Dianna Sakisheway? Is she really “just a mother” and has no political associations as she told the reporter? Did Jeff Davis try at all to verify that claim before running the story?
A quick Google search uncovers a Dianna Sakisheway from Ottawa who is very politically active and whose Twitter account is loaded with this type of stuff:
Jack Layton:Tommy Douglas our 1st leader said Dream no little dreams. They said yes 2 a Cda where anything is possible. No 1 is left behind.
As well as many references to the Gaza Boat cause:
#Tahrir will sail 2 help end #Israel ’s illegal siege of #Gazahttp://bit.ly/khoRa8 #cdnpoli #cdescom #Palestine #bds #apartheid
I’ve messaged Postmedia’s Davis and will update if I receive an answer
Update: CBC picks up this story and does no investigation into any history of the mother’s activism as well (see here)
Update: Reporter Jeff Davis is aware of my blog post and is responding to critics on Twitter. I have asked him a few additional questions and will soon post a follow-up.
Here is a blog post about me and that article by
@bcbluecon . Love the pic! http://bit.ly/GXHJII #guncontrol @LGR #molonlabe @wullu5 @jfgroves @bcbluecon - For the record: @dsakishewaydoes not belong to a political party. She is entitled to her opinion.
And this is from the Dianna Sakisheway Twitter account to Davis:
@dsakisheway - Don’t let the ‘keyboard commandos’ get you down. They react en masse to any stories about guns. Loud but mostly harmless…
Correction: The above Tweet was from Davis to Sakisheway and not the way I first posted it
Update: I have just got off the phone with Jeff Davis (at his insistence that I call) but have nothing significant to add except my above correction