Notwithstanding the Toronto Star’s admissions documented in this series that Tyler Hamilton failed to meet its journalistic standards with respect to disclosing conflicts of interest, the Star continues today to maintain its association with Hamilton, identifying him as a Star author.
The current edition of Corporate Knights magazine, where Hamilton is editor-in-chief, has another of his signature PR promos for the Smart Grid. Included in the list of companies he promotes are many of the corporate sponsors of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum — an Ontario government project Hamilton has recently worked for. The overlap between the companies promoted in the Corporate Knights article and the Smart Grid Forum sponsors includes GE, IBM Canada, and Enbala. Given Hamilton’s well-established lack of interest in notifying readers of his conflicts, it is tough to determine what information published by Corporate Knights is paid PR and what is not.