Davide Mastracci

The Unbearable Whiteness of Canadian Columnists

The Unbearable Whiteness of Canadian Columnists

Old white men are dominating opinion pages in newspapers across the country, but a shift toward a more diverse roster may be easier said than done

As the editorial pages editor at the Ottawa Citizen, Kate Heartfield oversaw 11 columnists until she resigned on November 18. Only one of those columnists isn’t white. The absence of opinion writers of colour means the paper may become a publication just for white people, admits Heartfield, who worries about the relevance of the conversation […]

 Martti Kangas

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George Bain's bitter leave-taking from The Globe and Mail

Suddenly in April, 1987, George Bain, dean of Canada’s political columnists, disappeared from The Globe and Mati’s editorial page. Three months earlier, he had written his last column for the Globe’s Report on Business Magazine. Although inquiring readers were sent letters to the effect that Bain had simply quit writing the columns, they never learned […]