Paula Simons was recently nominated for Canadian Atheist person of the year, but a few people mentioned that they weren’t familiar with her work. So I thought it would be nice to point readers to this interview that helps gives some insight into who she is.
If you hadn’t heard much about Paula Simons before she was nominated for the award, that’s entirely understandable; before her appointment to the Senate, she was mostly an Edmonton phenomenon. I’m in the GTA of Ontario, so it’s a miracle I’ve even heard that Edmonton exists. Even so, I’ve ended up reading her work several times, starting with the award-winning “Fatal Care” story, but I’ve even read her column a few times, because it was so entertaining.
I knew this interview was coming before the awards announcement, possibly even before the nomination, and I was hoping it would come out in time to mention it in the write-up about her. Alas, it missed the mark by just under a week, but it’s out now.
CANADALAND’s schtick is media criticism, so the focus of the interview is mostly about journalists going into politics rather than her humanist beliefs. Still, it’s a good way to get to know her a bit better. And you’ll get some insight into why her very brief tenure in the Senate is already making waves.