Ladu­ran­taye not re­turn­ing to CBC’S ‘The Na­tional’

Sherbrooke Record - - TALK - By Vic­to­ria Ahearn THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Oc­to­ber 28

Dance at the Ra­mana Ho­tel (for­mer Crete’s) in Sawyerville

on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 28 from 8 p.m. to mid­night. Mu­sic by the Coun­try Swingers.

All wel­come.


#318 (The Hut),


Ad­mis­sion $8.

Oc­to­ber 28 this Satur­day night, Oc­to­ber 28 at the 72 Main St., Stanstead (Beebe), from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Hal­loween Dance

Beebe Town Hall,

Prizes for best cos­tumes. En­joy a set of square danc­ing.

Lunch served. Door prizes. Info: 819-876-2021. Also on Novem­ber 4, we will have some new tal­ent, Gary Dar­ling.

Oc­to­ber 28 Coun­try Dance with va­ri­ety at Trin­ity Anglican Church,

409 South St., Cowansville, Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 28, 7-11 p.m. Mu­sic by Jimmy Ed­wards Coun­try Folks band. Door prizes, 50-50 draw­ing. Sup­port the church and food bank.

Can­teen on premises.

Oc­to­ber 28 HAL­LOWEEN DANCE Do­na­tion

on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 28, 8:30 p.m., at the

300 St. Fran­cis St., Len­noxville. Mu­sic by new coun­try band BIG RIVER. Prizes for cos­tumes.

A.N.A.F. Unit

Ad­mis­sion charged. Ev­ery­one wel­come. 18+.

The for­mer man­ag­ing editor of “The Na­tional” who was re­as­signed in the wake of a cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion con­tro­versy will not be re­turn­ing to the CBC’S flag­ship news pro­gram.

Steve Ladu­ran­taye was re­as­signed in May for what the pub­lic broad­caster called “an in­ap­pro­pri­ate, in­sen­si­tive and frankly un­ac­cept­able tweet” he made as part of a con­tro­ver­sial on­line de­bate over cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion.

At the time, the CBC said Ladu­ran­taye had been re­as­signed to work on dig­i­tal “sto­ry­telling strate­gies” and added that he would reach out to Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties “as part of his learn­ing process.”

In a memo to staff, CBC News editor-in-chief Jen­nifer Mcguire also said Ladu­ran­taye’s fu­ture with “The Na­tional” would be re­assessed in the fall.

Mcguire said the CBC hasn’t hired a new man­ag­ing editor for “The Na­tional,” which will re­launch Nov. 6 with Adri­enne Arse­nault, Rose­mary Bar­ton, An­drew Chang and Ian Hanomans­ing as co­hosts.

In May, Ladu­ran­taye was among a number of jour­nal­ists who en­gaged in a late-night Twit­ter con­ver­sa­tion that was sparked by a con­tentious mag­a­zine ar­ti­cle ad­vo­cat­ing for more cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion in Cana­dian lit­er­a­ture.

In the Writ­ers’ Union of Canada’s mag­a­zine Write, novelist and then-editor Hal Niedzviecki sug­gested “any­one, any­where, should be en­cour­aged to imag­ine other peo­ples, other cul­tures, other iden­ti­ties.”

The opin­ion piece also sug­gested there should be an ap­pro­pri­a­tion prize in lit­er­a­ture.

Af­ter the ar­ti­cle was pub­lished, apolo­gies came from the union as well as Niedzviecki, who re­signed.

Mean­while, for­mer Na­tional Post editor Ken Whyte re­sponded by tweet­ing he would “do­nate $500 to the found­ing of the ap­pro­pri­a­tion prize if some­one else wants to or­ga­nize.”

Ladu­ran­taye replied that he would con­tribute $100. He later deleted the tweet and apol­o­gized, say­ing “what I did was hurt­ful, and my apol­ogy is without con­di­tion.”

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