It was on a whim that Isabelle St. James decided to try online dating. The 69-year-old had been single for more than 40 years, after divorcing her first husband and raising three daughters by herself on a farm in Quebec. Isabelle went out with men from time to time but was largely content to enjoy retirement in her Ottawa-area apartment, reading books and playing bridge with friends. Besides, she’d never met the right guy.
In late 2015, Erin Sylvester of Ryerson Review of Journalism interviewed me for an article she was writing on the Indigenous Reporters Program from Journalists for Human Rights. The conversation was wide-ranging, as she was looking at the IRP as part of a larger trend to include more Indigenous reporters in Canadian newsrooms. Here’s a transcript of other stuff we talked about. Erin: Do you think that there are more Indigenous people going in to journalism? Is the makeup of a newsroom changing?
As CBC prepares to launch an expanded station in London, Ont., some of CBC's top journalists will travel to the city to talk about the importance of strong local coverage. The panel discussion, part of The National in Conversation series, will be held April 25 in front of a live audience. The discussion will focus on why it matters to journalists to start their coverage in the community and how that helps Canadians understand the story.