Canada's Chronicle-Herald names wrong man as alleged abuser

Of two men who share a very similar name, the wrong one was named as an alleged abuser by Canada's Chronicle-Herald:

In Wednesday’s edition, Herbie Desmond was identi­fied as a former Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission worker who now works at the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp.

The reference to Desmond was made as part of The Chronicle Herald’s investiga­tion into abuse allegations at the Nova Scotia Home For Colored Children.

Herbie Thomas Desmond, the man accused of abuse at the home, worked at the Human Rights Commission but does not work for the liquor corporation.

Herbert (Herbie) Caywood Desmond, however, is a long-standing liquor corpora­tion employee and has no connection to the home or the subject matter of the series.

The Chronicle Herald sincerely regrets the error and apologizes to Herbert Caywood Desmond for any upset or embarrassment.

Hap tip to Natascia Lypny

  • Craig Silverman

    Craig Silverman (craig@craigsilverman.ca) is an award-winning journalist and the founder of Regret the Error, a blog that reports on media errors and corrections, and trends regarding accuracy and verification.

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