A Toronto Star journalist has committed suicide. Raveena Aulakh is the victim. May she rest in peace. Her passing should not be news. But the circumstances behind it are.
Raveena was a young reporter, liberal, progressive, feminist — a perfect fit for the liberal, progressive, feminist Toronto Star. Except their workplace culture is more like something out of the Mad Men era — where young workers at the office were treated as pieces of meat for the sexual appetites of management.
Managers like Jon Filson, to be precise. He was a senior editor at the Star. Married man. But he had an affair with Raveena — and with his boss, the Star’s managing editor Jane Davenport.
For days after her death, the Star sat on the story. Filson left the company, without saying a word. And Davenport was reassigned.
The Star can be quite good at investigating this sort of thing — they were the newspaper that blew the lid off of Jian Ghomeshi’s culture of misogyny at the CBC.
It must have been ironic, to all those Star reporters, writing about the sexualization of Ghomeshi’s workplace. Writing those stories from the Star’s sexualized workplace.
So who will investigate the Star?
If I were Raveena’s family, I would sue the living daylights out of all of these fake feminists.
The rest of us? It’s just more evidence that liberals, like environmentalists who fly in private jets, don’t mean it.