By Gerry Barker
Editor of guelphspeaks.ca
I learned this morning that the blog had been hacked and used to discredit me personally. This invoked a response from the City Solicitor, Christopher Cooper, requesting removal of my most recent post and a comment. I complied and took the post down mystified why it took nine days for the city to react in the manner it did.
I want to assure our viewers that in no way was guelphspeaks involved in the comment by ‘City Employee’ alleged to have been made on guelphspeaks.ca. There is no record on the site of the comments by ‘City Employee’ as alleged by the city.
Welcome to the wild west of the Internet.
Guelphspeaks will continue to report and comment on the administration of the City of Guelph. The blog is open to anyone to comment who identifies themselves and is not a troll, spam or a ‘bot. The blog is redoubling it efforts to maintain security of content and comments.
If there is sufficient evidence to ask for a police investigation, it will be done. Discovering the identity of the perpetrator(s) is daunting but not impossible.
Again we apologize to our readers and will work to protect our content and followers.
Public participation is a right and the keystone of our democracy.