What’s Current: Editor who published Jian Ghomeshi essay leaves his position

Whats Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • Ian Buruma, the editor who commissioned and defended an essay by Jian Ghomeshi, has left his position at the New York Review of Books. He says he felt forced to resign amid backlash and threats by advertisers to boycott, but he stands by his decision to publish. The magazine hasn’t made an official statement on his departure.
  • Ottawa Police officer, Const. Eric Post, has been arrested and charged with 21 offences — including sexual assault, forcible confinement, uttering threats, and assault. There are four female victims, all of whom Post met through dating sites.
  • In Colombia, the peace tribunal set up in 2016, is hearing from thousands of women who were victims of sexual violence perpetrated by men on all sides of the decades-long civil war.
  • Yesterday in Pennsylvania, a man who was scheduled to appear in court to face a number of domestic violence charges chased his ex-wife into the courthouse and shot her and three others. The man, who has now been identified as Patrick Dowdell, 61, was shot killed by police.
Lisa Steacy
Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.

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