The Toronto Star has an interesting article where they share details of emails that Mayor Jim Diodati and his assistant sent back and forth and how they tried to craft their message about the Marineland crisis.
It’s a case study in political spinning — the good and the bad.
Last August, Niagara Falls, Ont., Mayor Jim Diodati scrambled to contain the damage after a Star exposé about the treatment of animals at Marineland, according to internal documents.
But within a few days he was bewildered and wondering why constituents were so furious at him. Everything he did seemed to go wrong.
The subject of one email read: “Everyone hates Marineland — but YOU!”
“It’s pretty disappointing how one-sided most of the emails and comments/arguments are . . . very unbalanced,” the mayor wrote his executive assistant.
The story exploded on social media, and Diodati’s BlackBerry didn’t stop buzzing for days.
Yesterday afternoon I went to Marineland with my family. We were there a month or so ago, but before that it had been a couple of years.
I was surprised at how busy it was on a Tuesday afternoon. The parking lot certainly wasn’t full (if you haven’t been, their parking lot is HUGE), but the overflow area was open, and cars were continually coming in and going out.
Since the park was so busy, we didn’t bother to try to go on any rides. We had brought our dinner, and then we watched the show in King Waldorf Stadium. To be honest, we weren’t really looking forward to it as the last several times we’d seen it we were quite bored. Well, sometime in the last couple of years they have updated the show. The animals still do most of the same tricks, but the show is funnier and definitely geared more towards the kids. About 15 minutes before the show starts, a guy comes out and is cleaning up the stage. He ends up goofing around, and does a lot to get the crowd involved. Once the show actually starts, he is there for a bit as well. My kids loved it. My daughter was particularly thrilled to see the dolphins.
After the show, we got some ice cream and frozen lemonade, and then walked to Friendship Cove to see the Orca whales and the Beluga whales. We just missed the tail end (no pun intended) of the splash show with the Orca whales. This was the first time I had seen Ikaika and Kiska together in many trips. A couple of years ago they always seemed to be apart, and earlier this year they were apart. Not this time. After the show, Ikaika followed Kiska around closely.
I didn’t bring my regular camera with me, but I did have my Blackberry, so here are some pictures from the show, and from Friendship Cove.