Who’s telling the truth about Mark Steyn cancellation, Part 2

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In my previous article, Who’s telling the truth about Mark Steyn cancellation at London Convention Centre?, I reported on my conversations with both Andrew Lawton of Strictly Right, organizer of the Mark Steyn event, and Lori Da Silva, general manager of the London Convention Centre who clearly led me to believe that the only reason they refused to rent the facility was because they did not want other guests disturbed.

I thought it seemed silly for a convention centre which had hosted the 2009 3-day Sexapalooza event to be worried about how other users might be disturbed by someone  giving a speech, and observed in my commentary that the argument didn’t have what lawyers and judges call ‘the ring of truth’ to it.

‘The Ring of Truth’ – its power revealed…

The National Post today is reporting that London Convention Centre’s GM Lori Da Silva expressed concerns – in part – about security for the event in addition to concerns about “rowdy” Mark Steyn fans.

“London Convention Centre general manager Lori Da Silva said denying next month’s Mark Steyn speech was a “business decision” in part due to concerns for security, and fairness for the centre’s other clients who might not enjoy a “rowdy” crowd at the same time.” Asked if the content of Mr. Steyn’s work had anything to do with the Convention Centre’s decision, general manager replied, “No, we’re looking at the security risk.”

When I spoke to her yesterday Da Silva never once expressed any concern whatsoever about security, even after I specifically asked if they had been threatened or were intimidated into cancelling, to which she seemed genuinely astonished by the very questions. The word ‘security’ or phrase ‘security concerns’ was never mentioned. I was led firmly to believe that the only factor involved in the cancellation was a concern about disturbing other users.

Mark-Steyn-jpeg-240x300Mark Steyn agreed with my observation about the downright silliness of arguing that a speech given by “dull man in a suit” might disturb other users: 

It’s fascinating to me how little you have to do to be a Controversial Author. As Ann Coulter, Lars Vilks and other among the Canceled Class have learned, “security concerns” are the new black(out). From the Post‘s story: 

London Convention Centre general manager Lori Da Silva said denying next month’s Mark Steyn speech was a “business decision” in part due to concerns for security, and fairness for the centre’s other clients who might not enjoy a “rowdy” crowd at the same time. Asked if the content of Mr. Steyn’s work had anything to do with the Convention Centre’s decision, general manager replied, “No, we’re looking at the security risk.” 

As Scaramouche responds: No, you’re looking at the empty pouch where your stones used to be. 

And, as the Voice of Canada wonders, how could a dull man in a suit giving a speech be any more “rowdy” or disruptive to “the centre’s other clients” than the LCC-hosted Sexapalooza

VoC comment

Ah yes, ‘the ring of truth’ – now you know why the courts rely on it as a measure of testimonial reliability. 

Here are the details for Strictly Right’s presentation of Mark Steyn:

Strictly Right presents Mark Steyn
Speech: ‘Head for The Hills: Why Everything In Your World is Doomed’
Centennial Hall
550 Wellington Street, London, Ontario  [MAP]
Monday, Nov 01/10, Doors open at 7:00PM, event starts 7:30PM
Students: Free
Non-Students: $20
Must register in advance by sending names to events@strictlyright.com 

References

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