I want to begin by celebrating the initiative behind the Resource Guide. Moving into a new city, especially one as large as Winnipeg can be a terrifying experience. The challenge of learning how to adapt to a new culture can be very tasking. The intention behind this guide will certainly help with the transition process.
However, my concern with this news story is the language that was used. The example used by CTV News in this story is about “When you are involved in a crime…” This statement would be much different if you replace the word “when” with the word “if.” Winnipeg has a reputation of being a hard city with high crime rates. Statements like this do nothing to help that image, especially in the minds of a new resident to the city.
I would like to point out that the EAGLE Urban Transition Centre is working with Winnipeg Police to change the image prior to the guide books distribution.
It is essential that we learn from mistakes made by others to prevent repeating them ourselves. We should take a moment to reflect on the language we use in order to convey a message. Using correct words will help reduce the chances of misunderstanding in our daily lives.