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Advocates call for empathetic police practices after Fredericton woman left stranded by jail staff


Advocates call for empathetic police practices after Fredericton woman left stranded by jail staff

Serena Woods had to hitch a ride from a gas station outside Miramichi to Moncton, then to Fredericton, after correctional staff left her at the side of the road over the Family Day weekend. (Catherine Harrop/CBC)


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New Brunswick’s ombudsman is questioning why a woman was recently left stranded by correctional staff outside a gas station with no way of getting home.

Serena Woods was in police custody for panhandling and spent the night in a Fredericton holding cell because she couldn’t pay $200 in fines. The following day, she was transported to the New Brunswick Women’s Correctional Centre in Miramichi and almost immediately released.

Woods was then left at a nearby gas station 200 km away from her home, with less than $20 in her pocket and no way of getting home.

“I had nobody to come pick me up, they just drove me to … the gas station and pointed in the direction of which way I should hitchhike,” she told CBC News.

Serena Woods was left to find her own way home from jail


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Though certainly no stranger to living life on the margins, Serena Woods of Fredericton says there was no need of the way she was treated by Fredericton police, and sheriffs at the women’s prison in Miramichi. When she was found to have an outstanding small fine she couldn’t pay.Fredericton police drove her all the way to Miramichi to be jailed. After being turned over to sheriffs, they then decided she’s “served her time,” and would be released. 1:18

Ombudsman Charles Murray says officials should have responded to the distress Woods was in and could have reached out to government or volunteer agencies that could have helped.

“People need to just take off their hats as employees and put on their hats as New Brunswickers, or as human beings, and say, ‘What can we do now?'” he tells The Current‘s guest host Laura Lynch.

He’s considering an investigation into the incident and says the province needs to do better to ensure the safety and proper treatment of people in custody.

Going beyond protocol

Murray says it’s not being soft on crime to treat people with humanity “in a way that reflects our values as a society.”

“It’s not about the criminal. It’s about who we are as a people.”

He applauds the truckers who offered Woods a ride home late at night.

“It’s not their job to transport this woman but they saw a person in need. And they stepped up,” he tells Lynch.

“The disappointing thing in this case is that the people we employ as a province to look after these people didn’t see their duty in the same way.”

‘Everyone forgets the bad things that happen to people, well I don’t forget,’ said trucker Victor Poirier, who gave Serena Woods a ride to Fredericton from Moncton. (CBC )

In a statement sent to The Current, the New Brunswick’s Ministry of Justice and Public Safety said: “Upon completion of sentence staff within the facilities work with inmates on discharge planning. We can not keep them an extra day or extra time, this is true whether they are in jail one night or two years.”

In addition, they said correctional staff can offer assistance connecting the inmate with family of community resources and “if an inmate cannot develop a transportation plan, the correctional facility will transport him or her to a central transportation location within the community, for instance to a bus station.”

While standard protocol was being followed to transfer Woods to Miramachi, Murray argues Woods could have been spared the distress of being left outside far from home if someone made a phone call to the facility to discuss how to handle her situation.

“Had that call been made, the people in Miramachi would have quickly confirmed she will now get credit for that time served and be released immediately,” he says, adding that he intends to follow up with the department about why that call wasn’t made.

New Brunswick Ombudsman Charles Murray argues treating people ‘with humanity that reflects our values as a society’ is not an example of being soft on crime. (CBC)

Murray tells Lynch the government needs to create a culture that fosters empathy — a culture, he says, “where people feel that they have empowerment to do the right thing — to do the thing as human beings that they feel should be done — and that the department will back them when they do that.”

Punishing the poor


Radio-Canada reporter won’t face harassment charge


Radio-Canada reporter won’t face harassment charge

Big Brothers Big Sisters director complained to police about journalist Antoine Trépanier

Green party names veteran journalist Jo-Ann Roberts as deputy leader

Jo-Ann Roberts

Journalists say arrest of Ottawa reporter is abnormal, unacceptable


March 16 -2018

Association of North American Ethnic Journalists and Writers ( Canada _ USA ) is disappointed by  Gatineau, Quebec   Police unacceptable action of arresting Radio Canada Journalist Antoine Trépanier .

We call on Quebec prosecutor to dismiss the case immediately.   

Association of North American Ethnic Journalists and Writers ( Canada _ USA )

Journalists say arrest of Ottawa reporter is abnormal, unacceptable

Antoine Trépanier was arrested this week after a harassment complaint from an investigation suspect


Journalists are standing behind an Ottawa reporter arrested after a criminal harassment complaint from the subject of a story he had been writing.

A Radio-Canada investigation, with a team including reporter Antoine Trépanier, revealed that the executive director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter in Gatineau, Que., falsely portrayed herself as a lawyer and practised law without a licence.

Yvonne Dubé told Radio-Canada she knew nothing about the case and insisted she never represented anyone as a lawyer.

​Trépanier had talked to Dubé over the phone Monday, eventually offering a formal interview request for the story before it was published earlier this week.

After initially accepting the interview, she declined it at the last moment. She instead spoke by phone.

Arrested Tuesday evening

The next day, ​Trépanier sent an email reiterating the offer for an interview.

Subsequently, Dubé contacted Gatineau police and made a complaint of criminal harassment against Trépanier.

Trépanier was arrested Tuesday evening and he signed a promise to appear in court.

The Crown has not yet decided if charges will proceed.

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Trépanier, left, waits outside a Gatineau police station after the criminal harassment complaint was levied against him this week. (CBC)

Radio-Canada stands behind the work of its journalist, both ethically and legally.

“Journalists should be free to contact anybody they want. People can say, ‘No, I don’t want to answer,'” said Yvan Cloutier, director of French services for Radio-Canada Ottawa-Gatineau.

“People have the right not to answer our questions, but to complain to police and for police to put you under arrest because you’ve asked questions, this is abnormal and we can’t accept that.”

Cloutier said he doesn’t know exactly what Dubé told police, so it’s tough to comment on the police decision to arrest the reporter.

He said he had never seen anything like this in his 30 years in journalism.

Advocates for journalists called the arrest troubling.

“It’s extremely concerning that the Radio-Canada reporter was arrested just for doing their job,” said Duncan Pike, co-director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. “It certainly undermines press freedom and puts a chill on the kind of public interest reporting that Canadians rely on everyday.”

He said the case is rare and reporters need to be able to do their job.

Stéphane Giroux, president of the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec, said that from what he knows, police acted too soon.

“Gatineau police claim they’re doing their job by the book and I’m sure they are, however, police have a lot of discretionary power.… I think police should have taken the time to further investigate,” he said.

‘We have the obligation to listen’

Gatineau police held a media briefing early Friday afternoon, where the force’s director, Mario Harel, said “we have the obligation to listen to the victims … regardless if [the accused] is a journalist, a politician, a star or an ordinary citizen.”

When asked about what Trépanier did to necessitate an arrest, Harel said he couldn’t get into specifics, and could only speak to what happens when someone files a complaint at the police department.

“If there are criminal details in the complaint, the officer has the obligation to protect the public and the victims, and to act accordingly,” he said.

Doug Ford New leader of Ontario conservative Party -but party divided

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Doug Ford New leader of Ontario conservative Party -but party divided – Christine Elliot does not accept her defeat .Doug Ford says Kathleen Wynne’s ‘days are numbered’ in 1st appearance as Ontario PC Party Leader
By Jessica Patton Global News
WATCH: After narrowly winning on Saturday, the new leader of the Ontario PC Party Doug Ford walked the St. Patrick’s Day parade route in Toronto.

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Hours after being named the new Ontario PC Party leader, Doug Ford says he is focused on defeating Kathleen Wynne and only wishes rival Christine Elliot the best, despite the candidate voicing concern over irregularities in the voting.

Ford made his first public appearance, at Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, since being announced as leader. He was all smiles as he walked along Bloor Street shaking hands with parade-goers, many congratulating him on his win.

Ford was announced as leader late Saturday night, seven hours later than the winner was originally scheduled to be heard at a convention centre in Markham, Ont. Party President Jag Badwal said Ford narrowly eked out the win over former provincial legislator Christine Elliott on the third ballot. Elliott finished 153 points behind Ford on the final ballot.

READ MORE: Doug Ford declared Ontario PC Party leader after chaotic convention

Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney placed third, while social conservative advocate Tanya Granic Allen finished last.

Language barrier: Why some of Canada’s diverse filmmakers are shut out of funding

Language barrier: Why some of Canada’s diverse filmmakers are shut out of funding

Ava won prize for best 1st feature film but wasn’t eligible for financing because it’s in Farsi

By Nigel Hunt, CBC News Posted: Mar 10, 2018 4:00 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 10, 2018 4:00 AM ET

Ava has been nominated for eight Canadian Screen Awards including best actress for Mahour Jabbari, right. But the Farsi-language film didn't qualify for funding from Telefilm Canada, which only finances films made in English, French or Indigenous languages.

Ava has been nominated for eight Canadian Screen Awards including best actress for Mahour Jabbari, right. But the Farsi-language film didn’t qualify for funding from Telefilm Canada, which only finances films made in English, French or Indigenous languages. (Sweet Delight Pictures)

A small film called Ava — the story of a teenage Iranian girl facing pressures from family and society — is the biggest movie at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards. It has eight nominations and one special win already: it was announced in late January that Ava had won the Best First Feature Award, sponsored by Telefilm Canada.

Telefilm is the country’s main film funding agency, helping Canadian filmmakers get their movies made. Last fiscal year, Telefilm allocated more than $100 million to the production and promotion of Canadian films.

But Ava was not eligible for Telefilm funding.

That’s because writer-director Sadaf Foroughi is a Canadian citizen but decided to make Ava in Farsi, her native language, and film it in Iran.

The co-production with Iran and Qatar qualified as a Canadian film under the federal government’s rules, since key creative roles are filled by Canadians. But Telefilm only finances films made in English, French or Indigenous languages.As a result, Foroughi had to rely on smaller grants from arts councils, which meant making her film on a shoestring budget, and sometimes not having enough money left over to feed herself.

“I had lots of difficulties,” she told CBC News. “Sometimes I ate less to keep all the money, because I knew that I didn’t have any other funds.”

Films in Mandarin, Korean also shut out

Foroughi is not the only diverse Canadian filmmaker facing this language barrier.

Last year, Old Stone by director Johnny Ma won the same Best First Feature award sponsored by Telefilm. It was nominated for five Canadian Screen Awards, but it also wasn’t eligible for Telefilm funding because it was made in Mandarin.

Albert Shin was born in Canada of South Korean descent, and decided to make his debut feature film, In Her Place, in Korean. His film played the Toronto International Film Festival, and garnered seven Canadian Screen Award nominations in 2015.

In Her Place

Albert Shin’s debut feature film In Her Place, starring Gil Hae-yeon as a pregnant teenager who is convinced to give up her baby for adoption, was made in Korean. (TimeLapse Pictures)

Even though it also qualifies as a Canadian film, it too was ineligible for funding from Telefilm because of language, a situation Shin calls “frustrating.”

He feels a film can be “uniquely Canadian” due to the artistic sensibility of its writer and director, even when it is set outside of Canada and filmed in a language other than English, French or an Indigenous language.

A ‘very difficult choice’

The executive director of Telefilm Canada says the agency receives four to five times more requests from filmmakers than it can afford to fund.

“It’s a very difficult choice to make,” said Carolle Brabant, who is stepping down this month after eight years in the job, adding, “We would love to, if only we had more money to do so.”

Brabant said there has been some discussion around changing the eligibility requirements, but “we’re not ready yet.”

Chair of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Martin Katz pointed out that Indigenous language films used to be ineligible, as well. That rule was changed a few years ago.

“If we look at a film like Ava, which is such a beautiful film in Farsi, and it’s really about issues that young women all over the world are facing at the same time, I think we look at that and step back and ask ourselves the question ‘Why are our rules like that? Why are our rules not different?'”


Deepa Mehta’s Water was able to get Telefilm funding because she also shot a version in English — which was never released. (Mongrel Media)

Given that Canada participates in international co-productions all over the world, Katz thinks there should be a way to make those films “part of the Telefilm family.”

One veteran Canadian filmmaker did find a way. Deepa Mehta got around the language rules when she made her Oscar-nominated 2005 film Water in Hindi: she shot an English version at the same time just to qualify for Telefilm funding, even though it was never released.

Films ‘uniquely Canadian’

For those filmmakers caught in the funding gap due to their choice of language, change can’t come soon enough.

“We can make films that take place in different countries but they’re uniquely Canadian because we’re a country that embraces other cultures and other creeds and religions,” Shin said.

Albert Shin

Canadian director Albert Shin shot his first feature at a family farm in South Korea. He wants to see Canada at the vanguard of a ‘post-national’ cinema. (TimeLapse Pictures)

“We can be in the forefront of that — we have the population to do it, we have the stories to do it. This is a unique thing that Canada can bring to the world cinema stage.”

For now, Shin has to keep those ideas on hold. He’s writing his next feature film in English so it will be eligible for Telefilm funding.

Foroughi, however, is already planning her next movie in Farsi.

“[Telefilm] has to believe in us,” she said. “I think we have talent even if the film’s language is in Chinese or Korean or Arabic or Persian, but we are Canadian.”

The Canadian Screen Awards broadcast gala will air on CBC-TV on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

Women’s Day -18 Canadian women writers to read in 2018


18 Canadian women writers to read in 2018

March 8 is International Women’s Day. To celebrate,

Terese Marie Mailhot

Terese Marie Mailhot is the author of the forthcoming book Heart Berries. (Isaiah Mailhot)

Terese Marie Mailhot is from Seabird Island Band in British Columbia. Her upcoming memoir, Heart Berries, is a poetic look at mental health, love, intergenerational trauma and growing up in her west coast First Nation community. Mailhot is a columnist and is part of the creative writing faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts, as well as the Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow at Purdue University.

Chelene Knight

Chelene Knight is a writer based in Vancouver. (Greg Ehlers/

Chelene Knight grew up as the only mixed East Indian and Black child in her family during the 1980s and 1990s in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. In her recent memoir, Dear Current Occupant, published in 2018, she writes a series of letters addressed to the current occupants of the homes she lived in as a kid. Growing up, her family lived in 20 different residences. In the book, she revisits each one as a way to make sense of her own past.

Emmanuelle Chateauneuf

Emmanuelle Chateauneuf is the author of Queen Street, a graphic novel. (Emmanuelle Chateauneuf)

In her debut graphic novel, Queen Street, Emmanuelle Chateauneuf draws from her experiences as a second-generation Canadian to create a touching tale about a woman who leaves her job at a prestigious law firm in the Philippines for love, marriage and motherhood in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. While she deals with poor job prospects in the small town, only able to get gigs serving at Asian restaurants, her daughter struggles to fit in among the fair-haired, pale-skinned girls.

Carrianne Leung

Carrianne Leung’s debut novel The Wondrous Woo was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award. (Carrianne Leung)

Carrianne Leung is a fiction writer based in Toronto. In 2014, her first novel, The Wondrous Woo, was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award. Her second, That Time I Loved You, explores life’s challenge through the eyes of one young Canadian of Chinese descent living in 1970s Toronto.

Lorina Mapa

Graphic novelist Lorina Mapa’s Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me is a memoir about growing up in the Philippines in the 1980s. (Lorina Mapa)

Quebec artist Lorina Mapa first began illustrating early memories of her father after his sudden death. It was a form of therapy that evolved into her debut graphic memoir Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me. The book chronicles her coming of age in the Philippines as a new wave rock enthusiast and politically active teenager during the 1980s with the People Power Revolution as the backdrop.

Sharon Bala

Sharon Bala is the author of The Boat People. (Nadra Ginting)

Sharon Bala may have just published her debut novel, The Boat People, in January but she’s been receiving praise for her growing body of work for a while now. The Boat People is about a group of Tamil refugees who arrive off the coast of British Columbia on a ship with the hopes of gaining asylum in Canada. Though fictional, it gives a sobering look into the tumultuous experiences of refugees in North America. The manuscript won the 2015 Percy Janes First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the 2015 NLCU Fresh Fish Award. Now it’s a Canada Reads 2018 finalist.

Catherine Hernandez

Catherine Hernandez is the author of the novel Scarborough, which appeared on CBC’s best Canadian fiction of 2017 list. (Yeemi Tang)

Catherine Hernandez is a Canadian playwright. Her debut novel Scarborough, was shortlisted for the 2017 Toronto Book Awards. Set in a low-income urban neighborhood, the story follows three kids, who struggle to overcome poverty and abuse, and the community around them.

Carleigh Baker

Carleigh Baker is the author of Bad Endings. (Callan Field)

Carleigh Baker is a Cree-Métis and Icelandic writer whose debut short story collection Bad Endings was shortlisted for the 2017 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and won the City of Vancouver Book Award. In what began as a form of catharsis after her divorce, Bad Endings explores mental health, strained relationships and family dynamics through humour.

Kai Cheng Thom

Kai Cheng Thom, a writer and social worker, has published a novel, a children’s book and a poetry collection.(Jackson Ezra)

In the last two years, writer and social worker Kai Cheng Thom has released a novel called Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir, which led to her winning the 2017 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers. That same year she published a children’s book entitled From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea and released a book of poetry called a place called No Homeland.

Durga Chew-Bose

Durga Chew-Bose, author of “Too Much and Not the Mood.” (Carrie Cheek)

Durga Chew-Bose is an essayist, from Montreal and based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has appeared in Hazlitt and The Guardian. In 2017, she became a published author with her collection of essays Too Much and Not the Mood, a poetic exploration of identity and culture.

Katherine Ashenburg

Katherine Ashenburg is the author of the forthcoming Sofie & Cecilia, her debut novel. (Katherine Ashenburg)

Katherine Ashenburg may be an award-winning nonfiction author with various titles and newspaper columns under her name, but at 73, she’s taking a foray into new territory — fiction. Her first novel, Sofie & Ceciliaexplores the nuances of female friendship in adulthood.

S.K. Ali

S.K. Ali is the author of the YA novel Saints and Misfits, which can be found on the Canada Reads 2018 longlist.(Andrea Stenson)

Up and coming fiction writer S.K. Ali puts faith and devotion at the heart of her stories. Her debut YA novel, Saints and Misfits, longlisted for Canada Reads 2018, is about a teenage Muslim woman’s struggle to understand how a trusted and prominent member of her religious community could commit assault.

Jennifer Houle

Jennifer Houle is the author of The Back Channels. (Jennifer Houle)

Jennifer Houle is a New Brunswick poet. Her debut poetry collection, The Back Channels, explores building a meaningful life in a rapidly changing environment and culture. It won the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick’s Alfred G. Bailey Prize for best poetry manuscript and the J.M. Abraham Poetry Award in 2017. Her writing has also appeared in various literary journals.

Canisia Lubrin

Born in St. Lucia, poet Canisia Lubrin now makes her home in Whitby, Ont. (Anna Keenan)

Canisia Lubrin is a St. Lucia-born poet, living in Canada. Her debut poetry collection, Voodoo Hypothesis, is informed by her experience growing up in the Caribbean and then moving away, along with the stories her grandmother would tell her as a child. It explores Black identity, displacement and colonialism.

Kate Harris

Kate Harris is the author of the autobiographical book Lands of Lost Borders. (Joanne Ratajczak/Glorious & Free)

Kate Harris is a Rhodes Scholar, explorer and writer published in The Walrus and Canadian Geographic. Harris travelled 10,000 km through 10 countries across the Silk Road with a friend. She wrote about it in her first book, Land of Lost Borders: A Journey of the Silk Road. During the 10-month journey, she explored the political, cultural and environmental history of the places and people she encountered.

Liz Howard

Liz Howard is the author of Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent, winner of the Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize in 2016. (Griffin Poetry Prize)

Liz Howard is a Northern Ontario poet of Anishinaabe descent. Her debut collection of poetry Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry in 2015. In 2016, it won the Griffin Poetry Prize in the Canadian category. The collection, inspired by her upbringing in an isolated rural town, explores the demands of life in the contemporary world.

Eva Crocker

Eva Crocker is the author of Barrelling Forward. (Alex Noel)

Eva Crocker of Newfoundland is a fiction writer and an editor at the arts and culture newspaper The Overcast. Her debut short story collection Barrelling Forward, was shortlisted for the 2015 NLCU Fresh Fish Award. In 2017, she was a finalist for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers and won the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award. The book delves into the anxieties of new adulthood in the midst of economic uncertainty.

Djamila Ibrahim

Djamila Ibrahim was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and moved to Canada in 1990. (Dana Jensens)

Djamila Ibrahim, an Ethiopian-born writer, moved to Canada in 1990. Her debut collection of short stories, Things Are Good Now, published in February 2018, delves into the migrant experience, the difficult choices newcomers often have to make and the weight that carries on the human psyche. Her various stories take place in East Africa, the Middle East, the United States and Canada.

War of words between TV journalist, Toronto cops

War of words between TV journalist, Toronto cops

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Co-host of CTV’s “The Social” Marci Ien is shown in this undated handout image. Ien wrote an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail this week alleging racism played a role in her recent traffic stop outside her home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-CTV Bell Media *MANDATORY CREDIT* – The Canadian Press, 2018

TORONTO — A war of words has erupted between Toronto police and a broadcast journalist who claims she was pulled over because she is black.

Marci Ien, a co-host for CTV’s “The Social,” wrote an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail this week alleging racism played a role in her recent traffic stop outside her home.

“For the third time in eight months, I was being questioned by a police officer — and I had broken no law,” Ien wrote in the piece published on Monday. “If you are black in Canada, you are subject to a different standard and, often, seemingly, different laws.”

Senior Toronto police officers have since taken to social media to dispute her version of events, saying video shows Ien failed to stop at a stop sign and that her race wasn’t visible until after the officer pulled her over.

“I have viewed the video footage of your vehicle stop. You were stopped because of your driving behaviour,” Staff Supt. Mario Di Tommaso wrote on Twitter. “It was dark. Your race was not visible on the video and only became apparent when you stepped out of the vehicle in your driveway.”

Prominent Montreal writers investigated in Concordia sexual misconduct allegations inquiry


Prominent Montreal writers investigated in Concordia sexual misconduct allegations inquiry

Jon Paul Fiorentino, David McGimpsey are both subjects of complaints in 3rd-party probe


Two established Montreal writers are the subject of complaints in a third-party investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct at Concordia University, CBC News has learned.

Both Jon Paul Fiorentino and David McGimpsey teach part-time in the university’s English department. 

They were assigned to teach classes this semester, but their classes were reassigned to other professors shortly after the semester began.

In January, writer Mike Spry published an essay describing a toxic atmosphere within the program. Spry has undergraduate and graduate degrees in English literature and creative writing from Concordia.

In his essay, Spry described widespread sexual misconduct without naming individuals. His essay was shared widely, and within days, Concordia’s administration took several measures in response.

It promised to launch a third-party investigation.

As well, the school set about creating a sexual misconduct task force and clarified guidelines surrounding student-professor relationships.

In addition, it promised to consult with students, faculty and staff in the creative writing program and to review the climate within the English department.

But the university has refused to comment on who is being investigated, citing privacy concerns.

Audio recording

Concordia University hired labour lawyer Catherine Maheu to conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct within the school’s creative writing program.

CBC News has obtained an audio recording that sheds some light onto Maheu’s investigation.

In the recording, Maheu is heard explaining her role in probing the allegations.

“What you need to understand is that what I am doing is complaint-driven,” she said, “which means that there are complaints that were filed against Dr. McGimpsey and Professor — or Mr. — Fiorentino.”

She goes on to explain that her investigation is separate from a second investigation, set to be done by the university itself, into the cultural climate in the department.

She says complaints are made to the university then passed on to her. She also says she has the authority to independently contact anyone she determines may have information relevant to her investigation.

The specific details of the allegations contained in the complaints against both professors are unknown.

Maheu did not respond to a request for comment, and Concordia University declined to comment.

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Concordia University promised decisive action after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced in its creative writing program. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

Well-known writers

Both writers are decorated figures in the Canadian literary scene.

According to his biography on Concordia’s web page, McGimpsey has written six collections of poetry.

His book Li’l Bastard was nominated for the 2012 Governor General’s Award in poetry. From 2010 to 2015, he was a contributing editor of the literary magazine Joyland.

Fiorentino has written ten books. He also served as the publisher and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Matrix. The magazine would not confirm if he is still in that position.  He was also a contributor to Joyland.

He graduated from both the university’s undergraduate and master’s creative writing program. According to his online resume, Fiorentino began teaching at Concordia in 2002.

Both men have done paid work for the CBC.

Neither Fiorentino nor McGimpsey responded to a request for comment.

Magazine reacts

Joyland magazine responded Wednesday morning to the news that Fiorentino and McGimpsey were under investigation with a post on Facebook.

In it, they said Fiorentino’s work for the magazine would be removed from the archives, and that it was reaching out to the community in Montreal to see “whether that toxic culture impacted McGimpsey’s past Joyland editing.”

“What we’re learning from this, and in talks with people, will go into policy changes, gut checks, and doing things better,” the post said.

“As writers, as women, as survivors, reading about the culture at Concordia has been heart wrenching, but Joyland is a writing community, not an institution, and our strength is that we can listen to each other and change,” it continued.

mocking Democracy in Ontario Conservative party


Mocking Democracy by  Ontario Conservative party

Conservative party of Ontario has been  in rush to shut down their ( ex ) free , direct elected leader ( Patrick Brown ) without asking member of the party or constituency of Simco North riding who elected Brown as their MPP .

Canada is lawful country and society . therefore, it is very important let the court of law to decide if somebody has done wrong or committed a crime. for instance if mistreatment or a crime had happened some years ago , then we have to let the law enforcement officers  to do their job and prosecutor lay the charges , if there is enough evidence to do so . every time is possible to lay charges but there  is no chance for reputation and future of somebody whose name and career is one the brink of collapse .Let’s a judge and jury decide fate of individual not a committee of elite politicians who care about their interest to be in power not the truth to come out.

While Conservative MPPs dis not hesitate to get rid of Patrick Brown very quickly at night of the sexual misconduct news broke off by CTV news . they did not act responsible since  MPPs and  politicians,  who are responsible to defend freedom of speech and right of any citizen and residence of Ontario ,and Canada . They did not let Brown to attend the emergency meeting to answer their legitimate questions and concerns. so , how  can I trust  as an Ethnic journalists to those politicians who do not defend their member ( leader ) while so many Ontarian have no voice and no connection in the system and judiciary . Politicians come and gone . those who fight for people and their constituency and not fight for their interest will be remembered for ever.  May be Patrick brown lost but for sure Ontario conservative lost much more as an party to lead Ontario , at least in 2018 election . the wounds of those who voted for Brown for his ideas within the party , will not be heeled by picking in new leader n March 10 -2018 .  People are not robots they have social instincts , common sense of politics and transparency and believing in basic principles who keep a healthy democracy to keep on .


Saeed Soltanpour

international Dir

Association of Ethnic Journalists and Writers ( Canada ) ANAJ. ORG


Herculean forces’ brought down Patrick Brown: Family friend

The decision to step aside capped a tumultuous month for the Simcoe North MPP

NEWS 04:35 PM by Chris Simon  ,  Frank Matys  Barrie Advance
Leadership race

Patrick Brown kicked off his bid to reclaim leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party on Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport in Mississauga. – Bryon Johnson/Metroland

Patrick Brown’s decision to step out of the Progressive Conservative Party leadership race left a few questions about his political future unanswered.

It’s still unknown whether the current Simcoe North MPP will run for the party in the Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte riding, where he is the nominated candidate for June’s provincial election.

“At the moment, he’s kind of been stripped of it because of his removal from the caucus,” Scott Macpherson, vice-president of the party’s Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte riding association said, noting the next leader of the party will decide whether Brown is allowed to run under the PC banner. “The other question is, does he even want to … given that they have tarnished his reputation and done their best to destroy him?”

Macpherson, the past-president of the Simcoe North riding association and a Brown family friend, said Brown’s withdrawal from the race Feb. 26 marked a “sad day for Ontario conservatives.”

“Certainly a young man with a bright future has been decimated and attacked and brought down by Herculean forces,” Macpherson said. “The jury is still out on who these forces are.”

The decision to step aside capped a tumultuous month for Brown.

Brown quit as party leader Jan. 25 after being accused by two unidentified women of sexual misconduct.

Brown said his name was cleared in recent weeks after CTV News, which reported the sexual-misconduct allegations, changed two key elements of the piece. The women say the core of their allegations remain true, and CTV stands by its story.

Last week, Brown said he filed a notice of libel against CTV.

He entered the race for his old job Feb. 16. But the stories related to party finances, memberships and candidate nominations kept emerging.–herculean-forces-brought-down-patrick-brown-family-friend/

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