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Olivia Collette

Journalist and blogger

Olivia Collette is a bilingual journalist based in Montreal. She's written for the Montreal Gazette,, IndieWire, Sparksheet, Diary of a Social Gal, Urbania and Mondo*Arc. Her articles broach many topics, including architecture, urban planning, design, linguistics and cinema. Follow her on Twitter at @Olivia_Collette.
Why Hydro One Had to Fire Shawn AOL On/City TV

Why Hydro One Had to Fire Shawn Simoes

People are now asking whether Shawn Simoes deserved to lose his job for defending his friend shouting FHRITP on-camera. I'm firm on this: he did. Hydro One's decision sends the message that this behaviour is categorically not okay. By firing Simoes, Hydro One is at least admitting that an individual's private and professional lives are never truly separate because the same person occupies both spaces. We're living in a post-Jian Ghomeshi setting, and while Ghomeshi hasn't been convicted, what he's accused of happened both at work and at home. The idea that one affects the other isn't far-fetched.
05/13/2015 05:30 EDT