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The Battle for Acceptance

For decades, the Parliamentary Press Gallery excluded woman members. It was an old boys’ club and it took strong, independent women like Genevieve Lipsett Skinner to break down the barriers. She had been a reporter in Winnipeg, a lawyer, a member of the Political  Equality League  and one-time political candidate. Read more…

By Robert Lewis, ago
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A Great Reader

Narrator Richard Clarkin and I recently took to Zoom to discuss recording Power, Prime Ministers and the Press and how he managed to bring life to anecdotes and voices from 150 years of history during some 30 hours of studio work.

By Robert Lewis, ago
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The Free Trade Wars

When he was editor of the Globe and Mail, John Willison was a loyal supporter of Liberal Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier, going so far at one point to hold back a story that would have embarrassed his friend before the 1891 election. But in 1911, after Canada signed a sweeping free Read more…

By Robert Lewis, ago
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The Dean: Bruce Hutchison

Bruce Hutchison (below), who died on this day 26 years ago, was a much-admired journalist who cultivated close ties with the Liberal establishment, especially his friend Lester Pearson. When Pearson became Liberal leader in 1958 Hutchison was among the small tribe trying to convince Pearson he was misguided in wanting Read more…

By Robert Lewis, ago