Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Yukon Mounties to Star in Their Own Reality Show, Raising Privacy Concerns

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Yukon Mounties to Star in Their Own Reality Show, Raising Privacy Concerns

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Yukon Mounties to star in reality TV series


WHITEHORSE - Yukon Mounties will soon be getting a starring role in their own reality TV show.

While filming hasn't even started yet, the yet-to-be named show is already raising concerns with community groups.

Glenda Hersh, president of True Entertainment, the production company that will be filming for the next few months, said it's an opportunity to tell a story that hasn't been told before.

"There are a lot of stories about policing in big cities but not as many in a place where there are so few people and so much wilderness," she said.

The New York-based company is responsible for a string of reality TV shows including "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" on Bravo, TLC's "Make Room for Multiples," and "Doctors Without Borders" on the National Geographic Channel.

Hersh said her company is in negotiations with several networks to air the RCMP show in Canada, the U.S. and hopefully overseas.

News of the show has some groups asking questions.

"Policing is not entertainment, and never should be," Hillary Aitken, the program co-ordinator with the Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre, said in a statement.

Aitken said the women's centre is "worried that a show of this nature will not portray an accurate picture of what policing in the Yukon is, and as such, will do a disservice to the multitude and complexity of issues women in our communities are facing, including racism, sexism, poverty, addictions, mental health struggles, and housing shortages."

David Gilbert, the director of organizational strategy for the Yukon RCMP, said in an interview Thursday that police are very aware of concerns.

"We don't want to be involved in something that's making the territory, individual Yukoners or any particular group, showing anybody in a bad light. We don't want to make anybody look bad."

Hersh echoed the statement, saying the show isn't mean to take advantage of people in a difficult situation. …

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