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 the Toronto Star Publisher's Misrepresentations

Toronto Star reporter Jacques Gallant reached out for comment this afternoon for a story he's writing about my resigation yesterday from the Toronto Star.

I submitted my resignation after Editor Michael Cooke clearly rejected a story of significant public interest. I resigned to free myself from a six-week reporting ban and to complete the story. I hope to do that soon.

For now, here's my full reply to Jacques Gallant:

Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank falsely claims in a memo to staff today that I speculated "the Prime Minister's Office and a former editor of The Globe & Mail's editorial page have convinced the Star to constrain his reporting."

I said no such thing. Words matter. The publisher of Canada's largest newspaper should know that.

The thousands of people following this story on social media, and expressing their support for my stand in defence of the truth, can read and hear precisely what I'm saying.

That's where the truth lies. And that's what matters.