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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 http://beverlyakerman.blogspot.ca
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Steven Galloway, a Petition Can Not Be Defined as 'Censorship'

So there you have it: censorship takes place when authorities -- i.e. those with real power -- issue fatwas, demand a book be withdrawn, remove it from schools/libraries, burn or otherwise prevent people from reading it. It would be censorship if Mr. Harper's Minister of literature turned around and said, "Take that sucker off the shelves. No one's gonna read about tampon lollipops on my watch!" No matter how hard Galloway et al. twists it, a petition to the Canada Council to reconsider an award just doesn't qualifies as censorship in the real world.
02/12/2015 05:58 EST
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Let's Stop Denying That Doctors Can Be Sexual Predators

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 I read this comment from the presiding judge: "There are no reported Canadian cases in which an anaesthesiologist sexually assaulted sedated patients in an operating room during surgery." This has happened before, and in my home town.
02/28/2014 03:14 EST

Manifesto for an Inclusive Quebec (English Translation)

We are a collective from the fields of law, philosophy and journalism that citizens of all orientations and origins have sought to join. Among us are separatists, federalists and "agnostics" with regards to the constitutional future of Quebec. It is with great concern that we commit these words to denounce the Quebec Charter of Values ​​(formerly the Charter of Secularism ) project, announced by the Parti Québécois government.
09/16/2013 05:27 EDT
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Please Don't Poach Quebec's Doctors in Our Time of Need

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 enough here in Quebec right now without you Ontarians trying to lure away our professionals? Who suffers most directly if our doctors and medical students leave? (Hint: it's not the PQ!)
09/13/2013 05:44 EDT
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What's Next, Marois Telling Us What We Can Wear?

Imagine a teacher at a public school, or a Centre de santé et des services sociaux receptionist. If she tucks her hair into a turban as a fashion statement, or dons a headscarf to keep her hairdo safe from the rain, or because she's having a bad hair day, that would be perfectly acceptable. Ditto for covering a pate denuded by cancer chemotherapy. But if she puts on that same headscarf out of Islamic modesty, das ist verboten.
08/29/2013 05:30 EDT

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

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?" Mac...
03/06/2013 02:56 EST
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Theatre Review: Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott

One reason the play is shocking: It is so badly written. The playwright, Beverley Cooper, used court transcripts and apparently knocked it together in a short time. It shows. If you have a couple of hours and want to know what really happened to Steven Truscott, you would be better off reading a book about him.
02/07/2013 05:49 EST