Very dodgy opinion poll

I realized then that I was talking with an employee rather than a professional pollster.

An open letter to:

David Black,


Kitimat Clean

Dear Sir:

I’m also addressing this to the person who called me Tuesday, Sept. 15 and who did not identify themselves beyond “conducting a survey on the refinery proposal.”

I apologize for my abrupt response.  I did not know which polling firm you were representing because you did not state such, and in fact when you inquired why I would not want to participate, I said that without knowing anything about who was calling I would never, under any circumstances reveal any personal information.

To you who called me, I am sorry.

Not for my response but for the tight-fisted owner/employer you work for who commissioned the non editorial staff to make cold calls to people around British Columbia.

As I read my local on-line paper this afternoon about a poll conducted on behalf of Mr. Black’s oil  refinery proposal for Kitimat, I realized then that I was talking with an employee rather than a professional pollster.

It must be very difficult to work in the media for multi millionaire who keeps even impartial polling in-house and still expects the public to view such action with legitimacy.

I hope you get overtime!

With best wishes, and hoping that your boss may consider using an outside recognized polling firm in the future, I remain,

Maureen Atkinson,

Terrace, BC





Just Posted

UPDATE: Cullen demands better leadership over salmon crisis

MP urges ground-level cooperation amidst grim estimates of sockeye, chinook returns

Runners get festive in Terrace St. Patricks Day Run

Nearly all decked out in green, more than 160 people ran the first Terrace St Patty’s Day Run today

Junior Rage takes fifth in Super Series

The Terrace 16U girls won five and lost one game, making an impressive comeback in their final match

Terrace daycare at the centre of debate in B.C. Legislature

MLA for Chilliwack-Kent asked if new NDP health tax would apply to daycares like Willow Creek

One more clue to Skeena River tea cup mystery

Longtime Terrace Co-op employee digs out tea cup twin

VIDEO: B.C. Mounties reunite veteran with lost military medals

RCMP say Zora Singh Tatla, who served in the army in India for 28 years, is the righful owner

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Federal government seeks public feedback on pedestrian safety

What safety measures do you think need to improved for pedestrians and cyclists?

4 facts to ring in St. Patrick’s Day

What do you really know about the Irish celebration?

Experts urging caution as rabbits die by the hundreds in B.C. city

Province of B.C. confirms more positive tests for rabbit haemorrhagic disease

Canucks snap scoreless streak but fall short in 5-3 loss to Sharks

Swiss forward Timo Meier nets two, including the game-winner, to lead San Jose

Northwest B.C. pellet plant to provide energy to Asia

Pinnalce Renewable Holdings and West Fraser Timber approve construction of plant in Smithers.

Search continues for 10-year-old Montreal boy missing since Monday

Montreal police said they are exploring every possibility in search for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou

Airline passenger-rights bill claws back protections for travellers: Advocate

Bill C-49 would double tarmac delays, scrap compensation for flights affected by mechanical failures

Most Read