Controversial Landlord Credit Bureau CEO Zac Killam is firing back against recent reporting in the Hamilton Spectator in a series of ever-changing annotations he has been writing since the story was published online last week. His most recent edits are from just 11 hours before the publication of this post.
Despite being asked for comment and invited to tell his side of the story to The Spectator, Killam has opted to reserve most of his critique to a site which allows you to mark up an online article with your own annotations.
It’s difficult to characterize a lot of the notes because Killam keeps coming back to edit them but he claims the quotes used by The Spectator were taken out of context, accuses legal experts quoted by the paper of just wanting to generate “exposure” for themselves, accuses the former Privacy Commissioner of Ontario of not understanding the real context under which the LCB operates, accuses the reporter of deliberately misrepresenting the facts and accuses us of being malicious liars.
He calls the secret field that tenants cannot see but landlords can “a common practice” and does not attempt to address the legality of such a field or the implications for tenants who might want to dispute information contained therein.
Currently there is a running total of 33 annotations totalling 1198 words that Killam has been writing and editing for 4 days straight now. The Spectator article is only 2100 words long.
When Zac Killam was faced with powerless poor people using the internet to expose concerns about his business practices and reveal his unethical relationship with LiveWell Properties he hired one of the juggernauts of Canadian corporate law to suppress the criticism.
Now when faced with the newspaper of record for the 4th largest city in Canada exposing the same concerns and the same unethical relationships he’s not calling in the lawyers. What he’s doing is sitting up for hours a night writing and rewriting his own critiques on what amounts to his own little blog.
Where is the lawsuit against The Hamilton Spectator? Why not sue the reporter you claim is misrepresenting you and misquoting you? Why not demand a correction or retraction from the paper?
Faced with reality, Zac Killam seems bent on a retreat into fantasy.