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Anne Lagacé Dowson (born Toronto, Ontario) is an award-winning radio journalist, who was a longtime host of CBC Radio's Radio Noon, a daily current affairs and phone-in program in Quebec. She has also hosted Home Run in Montreal, and was producer of C'est la Vie. She has guest hosted Cross Country Checkup and As It Happens, where she was also a producer. She has been a frequent guest in the francophone media, where she was a juror on the Radio Canada version of Canada Reads, entitled Le Combat des livres, where she championed Mordecai Richler's Barney's Version. As of September 2009, she is currently heard on her regularly schedule Saturday afternoon show on CJAD in Montreal. Lagacé Dowson is married to Brian McKenna, an independent documentary filmmaker. She holds a Masters degree in Canadian studies, and champions culture, especially literacy and books. She has played moderator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to writers ranging from Salman Rushdie to John Ralston Saul. Invited by the Governor General, she hosted events at Rideau Hall, most recently three national panel debates on the arts. She was the New Democratic Party candidate in the 2008 Canadian federal election in Westmount—Ville-Marie, coming second to Liberal Marc Garneau. She had originally been the party's candidate in a by-election in Westmount—Ville Marie, which was superseded by the general election call. She was endorsed by Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing,[2] McGill University academics Charles Taylor and Desmond Morton, human rights lawyer Julius Grey and the former mayor of Westmount, May Cutler. Fluently bilingual, she is the daughter of trade unionist Hugh Dowson of Toronto and Quebec City's Claire Lagacé.

 

© Anne Lagacé Dowson 2011.