Tag Archives: Michael Ondaatje

What do Canadians think about publishing images of Muhammad?

by | May 11, 2015

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, I wrote a scathing criticism of the English-speaking media for their cowardice and their betrayal of both the victims and the principles of free expression. But what do Canadians at large really believe about the issue of protecting religious sensitivities? More recently, Canadian Michael Ondaatje was among… Read more »

Joni Mitchell and Michael Ondaatje

by | April 29, 2015

For some reason, I conflated the news that Joni Mitchell may or may not be in a coma with the news that Michael Ondaatje has withdrawn from next month’s PEN American Center gala because PEN intends to honour the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with a Freedom of Expression Courage Award. Maybe I conflated Mitchell and Ondaatje… Read more »