AT 9:05 A.M. on Thursday, Oct. 23, Jian Ghomeshi leaned into the microphone for what would be his last Q with Jian Ghomeshi, though neither the CBC radio host nor his loyal audience knew it. Sitting in the red-and-black, cave-like Q studio that had seen performances by Arcade Fire and visits from Margaret Atwood, Ghomeshi began as he always did: with the trademark cheesy pick-up line addressed to a nation: “Well hi there,” he intoned in his velvet baritone.
In 1969, Georges Perec published La disparition, a novel written without the letter e. The book (brought into English in a herculean feat of translation—still sans e—as A Void) was a product of the French literary group Oulipo, whose members declared that creative freedom came not from the absence of formal constraints but from the endless invention of new ones.By REBECCA SILVER SLAYTER
Marty Short is at peace. He’s been to hell and back with the death of his beloved wife of 30 years, Nancy Dolman, four years ago. He’s riding yet another upswing in a showbiz career that’s taken him from Saturday Night Live to Broadway and the big screen.By NANCY MACDONALD
Hockey biographies share a yawning predictability. With the obligatory backyard rinks and perky, middle-class families, they have the feel of a Tim Hortons commercial, with less insight. Then comes Jordin Tootoo’s book, the most compelling, honest and unputdownable hockey read in years.By NANCY MACDONALD
Conrad Black remains one of Canada’s most divisive and mesmerizing figures—a historian, columnist and former newspaper tycoon who served 37 months in a U.S. prison for fraud and obstruction of justice. In his new book, Rise to Greatness: The History of Canada from the Vikings to the Present, Black declares that the country whose citizenship he shed to accept a British peerage has truly come of age.By CHARLIE GILLIS
THERE MAY BE some good that comes of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal, as outrageous as that may seem. So far, nine women have said they experienced sexually charged, non-consensual violence or intimidation at the hands of Ghomeshi, the once-popular, since-fired CBC radio host.
Earlier this year, a woman in Italy made an improbable request: She asked Google to remove some details about her personal life from the Internet. Her husband had been murdered decades ago and she was haunted by the fact that, whenever she searched her name, articles about her husband’s death appeared.By KATIE ENGELHART
Since alleg ations against beleaguered CBCpersonalityJianGhome shi broke last weekend, conversations around sexual assault and consent have dominated the news cycle in Canada. It's hard to write off-if you have a heart, that isthe nearly eight million statements made on social media around the world this week, via the Canadian-born Twitter hashtag #Been RapedNeverReported, bywomen who say they were raped but never reported their assaults to police.By EMMA TEITEL
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