Anne Lagace-Dowson is director general of the anti-bullying Tolerance Foundation. She is an award winning broadcast journalist and political analyst. Anne appears every weekday morning at 9.05 am on CJAD for a lively debate on the topics of the hour. On Thursday, she appears on the Radio Canada premier political panel at 10 pm with Celine Galipeau on Le Telejournal. She authors Bloke Nation, a weekly column in the entertainment weekly HOUR. LaPress calls Anne a hinge between English and French Canada. In 2008 Anne made an impressive political debut for the NDP, almost taking down the star Liberal candidate in Westmount. She is the daughter of the late Hugh Dowson of Toronto, and Quebec City's Claire Lagace. She is a proud standard bearer for French immersion. Anne is married to independent film maker Brian McKenna,mother to Emma and Tess, stepmother to Robin, Katie, and Conor.


  • Printemps érable

    Like sap rising in spring, the Printemps érable showcases the talents and humour of Quebec students. Here are some examples:
    Red-clad students board subway cars during the morning rush hour on the orange line of the metro. One per car, they stand silently looking straight ahead. When the car stops they get out, position themselves at equal intervals along the platform so that when the metro pulls out of the station passengers see a blur of red.

  • April 22

    I am holding the side of the stroller. My brother is holding the other side. My twin baby sisters are riding in the stroller, and we are walking alongside our mum and dad in front of the U.S. Consulate on University Avenue in Toronto. We are part of a big group, at least I think it was big, protesting against the bombing of Vietnam. Then I see police on horses. The horses are big and beautiful, and they are heading our way. Scary. But I like horses a lot. I think I remember someone saying, "Maybe you should take the kids away," and then helping us across the street.

  • The journalism of outrage

    I was a speaker facing student journalists attending the annual convention of the Canadian University Press in Montreal. "How many of you would say you are ‘muckrakers’ or ‘shit disturbers’ in your work as student journalists?" No hands went up. Not a single one. Hmm, I thought. Interesting. Disturbing.
    Student journalists have historically been the thorn in the side of university administrations. From the ranks of student journalists through the decades have emerged some of our best reporters and documentary filmmakers. Apparently, less so now.

  • Too big to wrap your brain around

    The debate over Canada’s plan to purchase the unfinished F-35 fighter jet is a crucial event for our democracy. It is the biggest purchase of its kind Canada has ever made.
    The F-35 is a lethal piece of military hardware. For people who love aircraft technology it is a thing of terrifying beauty. For a guy like my dad, an aerospace tool and die maker, it represents the apex of technology and materials.

    But what is it for? Why do we need it? Does it work? No one has explained this clearly.

  • Make my day

    Full disclosure: I am director general of the Tolerance Foundation. We awaken students to the power of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We also field a team of animators who go into high schools and demonstrate how to combat bullying and discrimination.
    Wearing that hat I went off to see the new theatrical documentary called Bully, which opens in Montreal on April 13. Bullying is part of the zeitgeist right now so it was inevitable that a documentary would finally be produced on bullying and bullies.


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