Vet­eran Globe and Mail Colum­nist to Speak at Bishop’s Univer­sity

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ChristieBlatchford, one of Canada’s most high-pro­file jour­nal­ists, will speak at Bishop’s Univer­sity as part of the Don­ald Lec­ture Se­ries on Wed­nes­day, March 16 at 7:00 pm in Ban­deen Hall.A vet­eran re­porter and colum­nist, Christie Blatch­ford be­gan her ca­reer with The Globe and Mail in 1972 while still in univer­sity. Since then she has spent much of her ca­reer cov­er­ing cur­rent af­fairs and crime. She has also writ­ten for the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun and the Na­tional Post— re­turn­ing to The Globe and Mail in 2002.

Blatch­ford will dis­cuss her lat­est book, Help­less: Cale­do­nia’s Night­mare of Fear and An­ar­chy, and How the Law Failed All of Us, a fas­ci­nat­ing and con­tro­ver­sial in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Cale­do­nia oc­cu­pa­tion by pro­test­ers from On­tario’s Six Na­tions Re­serve and the en­su­ing re­sponse by po­lice and gov­ern­ment. The book is an eye-open­ing ac­count of po­lice ac­tion and in­ac­tion. As Blatch­ford her­self writes, “What Help­less is about is the fail­ure of gov­ern­ment to gov­ern and to pro­tect all its cit­i­zens equally.”

“Blatch­ford is one of Canada’s best read and highly re­spected colum­nists be­cause she is a bril­liant writer who fear­lessly shares her opin­ions and in­sights with her read­ers,” said Bishop’s Prin­ci­pal Michael Gold­bloom. “She brings her clear sense of right and wrong to bear in all of her work, in­clud­ing her lat­est book, which raises the im­por­tant ques­tion of whether we have struck the proper bal­ance be­tween pub­lic safety and the right to protest.”

Blatch­ford is a win­ner of the Na­tional News­pa­per Award for col­umn writ­ing. Her 2008 book, Fif­teen Days: Sto­ries of Brav­ery, Friend­ship, Life and Death in the New Cana­dian Army won the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Lit­er­ary Award for non-fic­tion as well as the Ross Munro Me­dia Award by from the Con­fer­ence of De­fence As­so­ci­a­tions in con­cert with the Cana­dian De­fence and For­eign Af­fairs In­sti­tute.

The lec­ture is free and open to the pub­lic.

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