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news: It reported receiving seven complaints about the Sun column, which used a review posted on the travel website Trip Advisor as the source of information about goats being slaughtered, according to National Observer. The press council said it focused on one representative complaint, which zeroed in on the problem of using the crowd-sourced site as a sole source. The council supports the wide latitude afforded to opinion writers to express unpopular views, but is of the view that columnists must adhere to the journalistic standards of the news media organization, including commitment to accuracy, the National News Media Council said in the statement. ; The News Media council oversees ethical practices among English-language media in Canada. The complaint also argued the column was hateful, racist and linked to an act of arson at a Toronto hotel. The executive director of a refugee claimants service in Toronto told The Canadian Press that he believed the hotel arson targeted asylum seekers as a result of misinformation on Trip Advisor and elsewhere. The Toronto Sun, part of the Postmedia chain of newspapers, was heavily criticized soon after the column was published. ( As reported in the news.