Comment Policy

Our comments section is intended to be a forum for productive, thoughtful, and considerate discussion about community issues covered on our site. We encourage our commenters to start a dialogue. Being part of a community means expressing differing views with others. But please do so respectfully.

Here are our guidelines:

Stay on topic. Discuss the facts, issues and opinions at hand.

Be civil. Threats, hate speech and defamatory comments are not tolerated. Personal attacks on staff members, other commenters, or the subjects of stories are not allowed. We have the right to decide if a comment is made in poor taste.

No profanity.

No advertising or spammy content.

Viafoura, our commenting platform, uses AI technology to flag or delete comments that violate our guidelines. Most of the time these are flagged for human moderation, but the system does make errors. If you believe your comment has been deleted in error, please email Digital Engagement Editor Heather Jarvis at

Here’s how we deal with community members who violate our guidelines or Terms of Use:

Your comment may be deleted. Deletion comes without notice.

Repeat offenders and fake profiles may be banned without notice. We reserve the right to ban offenders based on our own judgment. Our decisions are final.

We use Viafoura’s commenting plug-in as our commenting platform, so you need to be logged in to a social account or Viafoura account to comment. We do not allow anonymous profiles, and require the use of your full name. Anonymous accounts will be banned.

If you would like to report a violation of our guidelines, or have any questions about our commenting platform or policy, please email Digital Engagement Editor Heather Jarvis at