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GreenPeace Ad Highlighting Oil Spills Rejected By Billboard Company Owned By Car Dealer

GreenPeace Ad Highlighting Oil Spills Rejected By Billboard Company Owned By Car Dealer

New Yorker writer A.J Liebling said: "Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one". It turns out that in Canada, the same thing applies to billboards. Most of them in Canada are owned by Jim Pattison , who started his career selling cars and is now the largest car retailer in British Columbia. (He is also the third richest man in Canada and owns the Guinness Book of Records.) So perhaps it is no surprise that after Greenpeace rented a billboard in Edmonton, the capital of Alberta, it was rejected by the Pattison Group. Greenpeace complains: “It’s absolutely unbelievable that the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers can put up billboards across the country comparing toxic tar sands to yogurt , but a Greenpeace billboard comparing the benefits of solar energy to the risk of pipeline spills is rejected. It’s mind blowing,” said Mike Hudema, climate and...

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