Beverly Akerman
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After over two decades in molecular genetics research, Beverly Akerman realized she'd been learning more and more about less and less. Skittish at the prospect of knowing everything about nothing, she turned, for solace, to writing. Her story collection, The Meaning Of Children (Exile Editions), won the David Adams Richards Prize, a J.I. Segal Award, and made the 2011 CBC-Scotiabank Giller Prize Readers’ Choice Contest Top 10. Find her on Facebook, Twitter @beverly_akerman, and at

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Steven Galloway, a Petition Can Not Be Defined as 'Censorship'

(14) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 6:57 PM

Before you go accusing people of censorship, you should know what it means. And when someone admits, after the fact, that he actually doesn't know the definition of the word -- and he is acting director of one of the country's most prominent creative writing programs -- perhaps he should...

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Let's Stop Denying That Doctors Can Be Sexual Predators

(6) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 3:14 PM


Tuesday's sentencing of anaesthesiologist George Doodnaught -- to a decade in jail for sexually assaulting 21 women under his care during surgery -- should have been good news. But then I read this comment from the presiding judge, Ontario...

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Manifesto for an Inclusive Quebec (English Translation)

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 6:27 PM


This is a reposting of "Manifesto for an inclusive Quebec", translated from the original French, which you can find and sign -- here. (

In Idées libres , Le blogue, Rémi Bourget 10 September 2013 12:43

We are a collective from the fields of...

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Please Don't Poach Quebec's Doctors in Our Time of Need

(49) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 6:44 PM


Dear Lakeridge Health,

This week, you started a direct mail campaign targeting Quebec doctors, medical residents, and medical students. I agree with your nearly 500 "likers" on Facebook: it's one great ad. But I'm writing to ask you if things aren't tough...

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What's Next, Marois Telling Us What We Can Wear?

(122) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 1:29 PM

Sometimes "the law is a ass," as Mr. Bumble said, and it looks like the debate on Quebec's proposed charter of "values" -- or lack thereof -- is one of those times.

Despite the symbolic blood-letting of the Bouchard-Taylor Commission, which basically found there was no "reasonable accommodation" crisis, Quebec...

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Is the Montreal Gazette's Don Macpherson out to Lunch?

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 12:49 AM

Don Macpherson must need a break--and badly. That's the only explanation I can come up with on the heels of his scurrilous article in Saturday's Montreal Gazette. In "Are Quebecers ready for him?" Macpherson compares Philippe Couillard, Liberal Party leadership aspirant, and André Boisclair,...

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Theatre Review: Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 11:42 PM

Went to see the shocking play about Steven Truscott at Montreal's Centaur Theatre last weekend.

There are multiple reasons for the shocks. First, there is the story itself: In 1959, a 12-year-old girl was raped and murdered near Clinton, Ont., and a 14-year-old boy was pegged for the...

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Darkness at Downton: 'Downton Abbey' Season 3, Episode 5

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 4:04 PM

SPOILER ALERT: Key incidents in the episode are discussed, so if you haven't seen it, and don't want to spoil the surprises, maybe you should stop reading now...


I'm afraid Downton has grown very dark, making it well nigh impossible to make light of this episode.

Last week's death...

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