Lac Megantic: CBCNEWS leads with Toronto rainstorm


The railroad built this city, a train almost killed it

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The heart-wrenching tragedy in Lac Megantic, Quebec has taken a backseat on CBCNEWS to Toronto’s morning commute after yesterday’s floods. God forbid the trek to work should be hampered. Never mind that dozens of people are still missing in the aftermath of the huge train derailment that has now officially claimed 13 fatalities and leveled the downtown core of Lac Megantic; wet and muddy Toronto streets and traffic reports were the top story on the CBC’s national news network. Cover the floods by all means, but leading with it?

I hope Toronto dries out with a minimal amount of damage and no loss of life, but the clean up after a huge rainfall and the effects on rush hour traffic hardly rank with the loss of life and destruction of a city when it comes to the leading news story

Jokes about Toronto thinking it’s the centre of the universe aside, the national branch of the CBC has to get its act together. It has been botching coverage of the disaster in Lac Megantic, from switching back to studio discussions at precisely the point when an on-scene news conference turned to  English questions, to breaking away to commercials at odd times. The best TV coverage of this terrible event can be found on the French-language RDI or on the evening local CBC news broadcast.

During yesterday’s dinnertime broadcast on Montreal’s CBC, anchor Debra Arbec had a great interview with a local resident who was able to put things in perspective in a very poignant manner.

For up-to-the-minute news in this very fluid story, members of the local media have been great keeping us informed via social websites such as Twitter.

I hope Toronto dries out with a minimal amount of damage and no loss of life, but the clean up after a huge rainfall and the effects on rush hour traffic hardly rank with the loss of life and destruction of a city when it comes to the leading news story.

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