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Monday, December 17, 2012

Laurier LaPierre (1929 - 2012)

If you are Canadian and old enough, you should remember the 60's CBC programme This Hour Has Seven Days. Controversial, a combination of news, interviews and satire. It tilted an the stodgy Canadian windmills, refusing to back down from the difficult stories. You may not have agreed with all it had to say, but it was never dull.

Laurier LaPierre, along with Patrick Watson, hosted the programmme and brought to it a passion that hadn't been seen on CBC. He didn't just report, he tended to become involved in the stories. Perhaps he should have maintained more distance, been more objective, and he managed that on many occasions, but not all.

Unknown at the time, at least publicly, LaPierre was gay. In later life he came out and was actively involved in LGBT causes.

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