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 Hearing for Yourself

On July 7, 2015 I attended a meeting as ordered by the Toronto Star, in the Garibaldi Room of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

My central purpose was to respond to any remaining questions that Editor Michael Cooke and Executive Editor Paul Woods had about a story of significant public interest, involving accounts of the historic discovery of Sir John Franklin's flagship HMS Erebus last fall.

After doing so, I insisted that they tell me whether a six-week ban on my effort to report on complaints from numerous experts involved in that search, levelled against Royal Canadian Geographical Society CEO John Geiger, would be lifted.

Michael Cooke explicitly stated The Star did not want the story I wanted to complete. So I resigned to return to work on that story.

No respectable journalist could allow editors to kill an important story and simply return to work as if nothing had happened.

So I did what I had to do.

At the request of Jesse Brown, host of the popular podcast at www.canadaland.com, I moments ago provided the recording, made in full knowledge of everyone present, so that he can allow his audience to hear for themselves that Michael Cooke rejected the story and I immediately submitted my resignation letter.

The truth matters. Judge for yourself.