The author and Globe and Mail columnist Christie Blatchford talks to Joseph Planta about her new book Helpless: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, and How the Law Failed All of Us (Doubleday, 2010).
|Helpless: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, and How the Law Failed All of Us by Christie Blatchford. (Doubleday, 2010)
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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line. In Vancouver, this is THECOMMENTARY.CA.
Christie Blatchford joins me now. The Globe and Mail columnist is one of the country’s high profile journalists. She has a new book out, Helpless: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, and How the Law Failed All of Us. It’s a compelling book about the standoff near the Six Nations reserve in Caledonia, Ontario beginning in February 2006. It’s a shocking story, whereupon lawless reigned under the noses of the Ontario Provincial Police. We’ll talk about what happened, why we need to know about it, and what we can learn from it. Christie Blatchford has worked for the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun, the National Post, and has been back at the Globe and Mail since 2002. She is the winner of a National Newspaper Award, and in 2008 was award the Governor General’s Literary Award for her last book, Fifteen Days. Helpless is published by Doubleday. I’ve long been an admirer of her work. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Christie Blatchford; Good morning, Ms. Blatchford.