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Mayor Sam Katz is looking for an apology from the writer of an opinion piece in the Uniter. Some of our readers are looking for an apology, too.

"Dear Sam, we're sorry that you are our mayor." Would that count?

-- section22

Personally I would never had heard of the article if it weren't for the lawsuit. After reading it, I think many in Winnipeg have had similar thoughts on this issue. Besides the allegations were not that vindictive and Katz needs a thicker skin. Or perhaps just go out, do the job of mayor and prove how competent and ethical he really is.

-- urtaxwiz

Please don't apologize. Katz made a major mistake in filing this claim, not his first mistake by the way. Force him to remove complaint. Otherwise, see him in court and let him prove his case. He can't. More issues will see the light of day and sooner rather than later we will see Katz's taillights on their way to that unexplainable house in the desert

-- charlie2

How many are looking for an apology from Katz?

-- 23943102

If Sam is worried about his reputation, I can see where he might have made some different choices.

-- JustWondering

Disgusting act of bullying by our petty and vindictive mayor. It costs thousands of dollars to get a lawyer to file a suit or to defend one... pocket change for rich Sam, but a small fortune for a student. Sam knows that, that's why he's libel-chilling his critics into silence. What Sam doesn't know is what was said in that Uniter article isn't anything that hundreds of thousands of people in this city weren't already saying or thinking.

-- lollipopsandsunshine

Like many, I would have never known of this article, if not for the lawsuit. I had to read the article to find out exactly how damning it really is. Major disappointment -- the lawsuit is much ado about nothing! There was nothing in this article that hasn't been written in other articles or been seen on the evening news. Benoit should thank Katz for the publicity.

Benoit's article states: (Katz) denies emphatically that he ever showed favouritism to his friends and will even swear to that on a whole, entire Bible. Perhaps Mr. Katz should open that Bible and read 1 Thessalonians 5:22: "... abstain from all appearance of evil."

This is not the same as calling someone evil. However, if the shoe fits...

-- Holly Hannah

Sam you are just not that smart (among other things):

Q: How many people do you think read the Uniter?

A: Almost no one

Q: Do you think your suit brings more (bad) attention to you or less?

A: More

Q: What do you think the court would order in the event they find in your favour?

A: The remedy is for the court to restore your reputation which it does by the finding against the defendant (the Uniter) and usually awards $1.00 in damages.

Q: What do you get out of all of this?

A: Nothing but a lot of bad publicity and a bill from your lawyer (Robert Tapper)

Q: What does your lawyer get?

A: A lot of your money

-- 23668767

"This has been dragging on for many months," Katz said.

In fact, it has been exactly two months since the article was written, and a week since the statement of claim was filed. Oh, the humanity.

Here's hoping the poor man can bear up under the horrible pain this kid has inflicted over these "many months." Get real.

-- Maudoug

While everyone takes great glee in having something else to malign our mayor about, they should remember this: It is one thing to criticize his performance, freedom of speech allows that. It is another thing to openly call him a crook or accuse him of illegal acts. Many, hiding behind their avatars, have done that on these boards. Josh Benoit identified himself openly. Regardless of his age (I am not aware of same), if this goes to court he will have to prove his allegations. SK is not bullying. He is exercising his legal rights.

-- Rodney 2

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 9, 2014 A10

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