I made a mistake.
I published an advertisement last week that has hurt some of our neighbours in this community. This was not my intent. It is clear that my actions caused harm to members of the community.
The countless emails, phone calls, Instagram tags and Facebook posts have not fallen on deaf ears. I have taken some time to reflect on the issue at hand. I want to do better. I am reviewing more rigorously the content and spirit of the advertising messages we publish in this newspaper. I vow to ensure this does not happen again.
I believe I have genuinely learned from this experience and will take a leadership role moving forward. There can be a fresh opportunity for a better discussion about inclusion, diversity and equity in our community. The Times is committed to providing the space to share these experiences and tell these stories.
I have reached out to All Welcome Here PEC, and Discover YOUth and offered each a full page space in our next edition. This will allow both groups to share their message of inclusivity with the community as a whole. Next week’s edition will also feature some of the many letters in support of an inclusive community. I also look forward to joining friends and community members this Sunday for the planned protest to march in solidarity.
Prince Edward County is an inclusive community. I am proud to be a part of it. I am truly sorry to those I have hurt.
Editor The Times