BlackburnNews.com file photo of Amherstburg Town Hall, photo taken September 23, 2013.

Hoping To Prevent Further Drama

The Town of Amherstburg wants to improve its relationship with the media.

CAO Mike Phipps recently advised his staff not to speak with reporters from the Windsor Star, but last night council unanimously agreed to draft a new media relation policy.

Councillor Bart DiPasquale introduced the idea earlier this month, because he feels the town’s relationship with all media outlets needs to remain positive. “I was a police officer for 35 years. There were times when I didn’t like the things that reporters did and I’m sure they didn’t like the way I answered them either, but you might have a bad situation or a bad day and you’ve got to try and get over that. (You’ve got to) be a professional and deal with the media, deal with the public, and try to serve your people.”

DiPasquale hopes that the new policy will clear the air between Amherstburg and local reporters, as well as make clear for council and staff how to handle the press.

A specific date for when the document will be presented to council has not been set.