The quotes that were accredited to me in the previous Low Down issue regarding the Meredith Centre (“Meredith Centre repairs: typical or a ‘big time’ mistake?” Aug. 28 edition) were excerpts from a private conversation and taken out of context. They also seem to have been selected (and created) with the intention of inflaming this issue as much as possible.
For example, regarding a claim to the Low Down that all the windows cracking in the first year was “normal,” I was asked where that ranked on the “bullsh*t metre,” and I likely said at the top.
“Bullsh*t” was their word not mine. And there is a big difference between “cracked” and “scratched” as reported in the article. The word “scratched” never came up in our conversation, yet I have been quoted as if it did.
Although there are obvious overlaps in construction practices, I work in residential construction not commercial, and I made that clear to the Low Down. I have never heard of a case where all the windows in a building required replacement in the first year and in my opinion if that was the case, then something did go wrong somewhere. But I suggested to the Low Down that they find a more suitable source to quote, recommending they call a window manufacturer or a general contractor that works in the commercial sector.
And yes, I did say that I was not a fan of the project from the beginning, but the second half of that sentence was, “…so perhaps I’m not the best person to quote.”
I respectfully suggest to the Low Down that in the future when they are recording someone’s words with the intent to print them that they get permission, and that they quote them accurately.