Oakville Homes

May 17, 2011

Self Serving Press Releases – Mattamy speciality

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Awhile back, the Oakville Beaver must have had a slow news day and, for filler, they used an article titled: “Mattamy receives kudos for building homes and communities“.

This was a report on the BILD awards Mattamy recently scored and the article spoke on some of the reasons for the win.  They also mentioned the donations Peter Gilgan made in 2010 to enhance his rep.  Now, with the press releases by BILD and Mattamy, this can be considered news I guess and we all like to hear “good news” stories instead of the usual death and destruction we are continually bombarded with.  But, my attention was drawn to this “press release propaganda” by the fact that I notice that not much bad news about Mattamy gets printed by our local rag.

I would have thought it newsworthy when Mattamy was forced to stop construction in Milton when they tried to build on toxic land.  Or, news when they were convicted of tampering with our environment in Ottawa with the illegal berms.  Yes, it was reported eventually in a Ottawa paper, about a month after it was reported in my blog.  Little old and stale by that time.  I would have thought it news if my complaint made it to Oakville Town Hall.

Kind of a Goliath and David story.

I know the press were there but I guess a well-known builder doing illegal electrical work and putting children’s lives at risk isn’t newsworthy enough for our local investigative reporters.  Not like our recent scandal with the Liberal party getting donations from our Town Council – or so says the complaint put forth by MP Terrence Young.  It certainly made the news but certainly not life threatening.  Actually for some, I doubt they care and those that do, I just wonder if they support Mattamy and their illegal acts?

Yes, when it comes to the press, I find they really don’t report all the news – just that which doesn’t affect their advertising dollars.  I guess the Beaver is looking for some loose cash from Mattamy for some advertising revenue.

Me, I think of it as blood money.

In the media, our jobs should be to get the information out there for the greater good of everybody – let’s get the problem fixed as quickly as possible so fewer people are impacted by it.

Joe Duarte

“Passing Lane”

TorontoSun

February 27, 2011

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* The above is intended to show the reader examples of how to obtain a house inspector, no matter which builder you buy from. Remember, awards and advertising are designed to make you buy, not ensure you quality. We’ve shown that awards are not the standard on which to base your decision on. My use of my experiences are not made to embarass Mattamy Homes or Peter Gilgan but, are used because they are based on fact and show the larger picture that a house inspector is a requirment when buying a house, new or old from any builder. My experience only shows that in fact it can happen and is a fact of life. Your experiences with Mattamy may have differed but do not preclude what happened to me from happening again. Beware.

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