New colum­nist will pull no punches

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At­lantic Canada, Rus­sell Wanger­sky is about to spell out clear straight lines.

The cel­e­brated au­thor is TC Me­dia’s new cham­pion for the re­gion, a colum­nist who will speak out for East­ern Cana­di­ans.

He’ ll find your sto­ries — and share his own truth.

Wanger­sky is one of the coun­try’s most re­spected writ­ers as well as a popular colum­nist at The Tele­gram in St. John’s.

There will be many times when you’ll hang on his ev­ery word.

On some days, though, you’ll rage against ev­ery para­graph.

But we don’t think you’ll be able to ig­nore where Wanger­sky will lead you in the end.

His new col­umn, ‘East­ern Pas­sages,” will ap­pear in 27 TC Me­dia pub­li­ca­tions, and across their web­sites, in Nova Sco­tia, Prince Ed­ward Is­land and New­found­land and Labrador.

His first col­umn ap­pears in this is­sue.

The in­tent is for Rus­sell to be some­thing East­ern Canada hasn’t had for many years in any news­pa­per — a true cham­pion.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to it,” says Wanger­sky, who has won mul­ti­ple At­lantic Jour­nal­ism Awards and Na­tional News­pa­pers Awards.

“It will be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. It has to be is­sues that ap­peal and in­volve all At­lantic Prov­inces at the same time.”

Daily news­pa­pers will publish new col­umns three times a week — Tues­days, Thurs­days and Satur­days.

The Hal­i­fax na­tive notes no prov­ince within the re­gion is en­tirely like the other, even though such mis­con­cep­tions exi st about At­lantic Canada.

“It will take a lot of thought to find things that (have) a common thread for all four prov­inces at the same time.”

His 30- year ca­reer in me­dia in­cludes time spent work­ing for the for­mer Southam Inc. (now part of Post­media News) and CBC. He spent the last 17 years at The Tele­gram. He is a three- time Na­tional Mag­a­zine Awards fi­nal­ist.

“My writ­ing is very ob­ser­va­tional, I think. They want me to bring my own per­spec­tive to the is­sues of the day.”

Beyond the world of jour­nal­ism, Wanger­sky is a crit­i­cally ac­claimed au­thor. His short story col­lec­tion ‘ Whirl Away’ was a fi­nal­ist for the 2012 Sco­tia­bank Giller Prize and won the Thomas Head Rad­dall At­lantic Fic­tion Award. An ear­lier short story col­lec­tion, ‘The Hour of Bad De­ci­sions,’ was long-listed for the Giller Prize and also a fi­nal­ist for the Danuta Gleed Lit­er­ary Award. His sec­ond novel, ‘Walt,’ was re­leased this month.

Wanger­sky spent eight years as a vol­un­teer fire­fighter and wrote about his ex­pe­ri­ences in a mem­oir, “Burn­ing Down the House: Fight­ing Fires and Los­ing My­self.”

We ex­pect Wanger­sky’s new role will have the pow­er­ful sec­ondguess­ing their stand­ing.

And it’ ll have the pow­er­less across At­lantic Canada fi­nally feel­ing they have a cham­pion of their own.

“There is no bet­ter writer than Rus­sell work­ing at a Cana­dian news­pa­per and we are proud to have him on our team,” says Kevin McIn­tosh, TC Me­dia’s di­rec­tor of con­tent. “On any given day read­ers will love him or hate him but they will not be able to ig­nore him. You are in for a treat.”

Rus­sell Wanger­sky

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