I've been thinking . . .

"A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity."    

Franz Kafka

"The craft or art of writing is the clumsy attempt to find symbols for the wordlessness. In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable. And sometimes if he is very fortunate and if the time is right, a very little of what he is trying to do trickles through--not ever much. And if he is a writer wise enough to know it can't be done, then he is not a writer at all. A good writer always works at the impossible."

John Steinbeck

On Resigning from the Toronto Star

July 7, 2015

At a meeting today in Vancouver, I submitted my resignation to the Toronto Star following the newspaper's refusal to publish a story of significant public interest.

Resigning is the only way I can resume that reporting, complete the work and fulfill my responsibilities as a journalist.

My reporting is an attempt to give voice to federal civil servants and others involved in the grueling, High Arctic search for British Royal Navy explorer Sir John Franklin's lost ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. Several are experts in their fields.

For months, these individuals have been angry at what they consider distorted and inaccurate accounts of last fall’s historic discovery of Erebus in the frigid waters of eastern Queen Maud Gulf. They identify a peripheral member of the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition, who has access to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office as well as editors at The Star, as the source of these accounts.

I intend to continue my efforts to bring this important story forward and will endeavor, as I have throughout my long career as a journalist, to ensure full, fair and accurate reporting of the facts.

Please watch this space, and follow me on Twitter at @wherewarlives and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArcticStarCreativity, for updates on my progress.

Paul Watson