(THUNDER BAY, ON) – City Councillor Aldo Ruberto has posted publicly in what appears to be him being upset about our crime reporting. It seems he thinks that reporting on crime is worse than the crime itself. He has blocked me from his page, so here’s my input.
Aldo Ruberto was a hairstylist before he was a city councillor. He got elected in 2006 and has held his seat ever since.
On Aldo’s watch, as a city councillor, Thunder Bay residents have sat back and seem to have barely heard anything from him regarding the southern Ontario gangs that have taken over, gun violence, city councils blunders, the lives lost due to drug overdoses and the out of control addiction rates in our city. But Aldo appears to invite everyone to stick their heads in the sand and ignore our website, which reports on these extremely important matters of public interest. Would Aldo prefer that the public be ignorant to these pressing issues?
Aldo appears to advocate for people’s mental health in his seemingly knee-jerk remarks. Interestingly enough, Thunder Bay’s addict population is in dire need of mental health resources and better addiction treatment resources. Something that after 14 years of sitting down at Donald Street, Aldo appears to not have impacted in a sufficient matter.
I’m left wondering that if I complied with a certain city councillor who asked me to stop reporting on so much crime almost a year ago, would I be in the crosshairs of Aldo Ruberto today? Further, I wonder if I hadn’t called out city council for their focus on a soccerplex, roundabouts, and yet another “crime committee”, if Aldo would have engaged in what appears to be yet another grandstand. Is this the result of not complying with a certain city councillors demand that I stop reporting on “so much crime”?
Where’s Aldo’s grandstand about gangs? Overdose deaths? Gun violence? Lack of enough beds in our detox centre? Aldo once told me he owns the building at the corner of Brodie and Victoria with the naked people painted around the top of the building. That corner was once notorious for street-level drug trafficking and other violence. Can he plead ignorant to these issues?
About a year ago Aldo and I got together and we made a video informing the public about how they can help moderate the, at times, overwhelming racist comments that are common across social media. Since educating the public on how to report racist comments, I am proud to report that we have not only banned hundreds of people for racist comments, but our Facebook page is now one of the most moderated and engaging comment sections in Thunder Bay. There was a Facebook page called “Yes, You’re Racist Thunder Bay”. This page would screenshot what they believed to be racist comments and post them. I counted about 3 comments that came from The REAL Concerned Citizens page in the few months that page operated. Meanwhile, they would have numerous comments from other local pages, many from Aldo Rubertos Facebook page. He’s claiming our news reporting drives hate. This, in my opinion, is just a knee-jerk reaction to our report earlier calling out city councils blunder. It appears using strong words and hiding behind ethnic minorities may not be above the tools Aldo uses to push an agenda.
It’s no secret that Aldo Ruberto is a successful local businessman and is quite wealthy. His friends list on Facebook is littered with well-off local business men and women. How would Aldo benefit from a less-informed public? Does the crime-reporting negatively impact his businesses? The crime and incidents we report on are often reported on by not only our local police service, but other local news agencies as well. Sometimes we break the story and sometimes we publish based off media releases from various agencies. Perhaps a news agency that can be critical of city council irked someone?
What really is the issue with our reports? Yes, we have gotten 3 or 4 things wrong in over 5,000 articles, which we have apologized for and corrected. No where do we claim to have a flawless record and no other local news agency can claim a flawless record. Is the real issue that the issues we are reporting on might be above the ability for the powers that be to correct? Is it easier to silence and discredit the whistleblower rather than admit and address the issues? How has Thunder Bay changed since 2006?
READ OUR REPORT WHICH MAY HAVE SPAWNED ALDO’S REMARKS AT THE LINK BELOW.
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