Toronto, June 15, 2012 – Journalist Chantal Hébert will receive an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, from York University on Saturday, June 16. She will address graduates at the 2:30pm Convocation at Glendon College.
Chantal Hébert is one of the most respected political journalists in Canada – in both official languages. She is a columnist for the Toronto Star, Le Devoir and L’Actualité and appears weekly on CBC’s The National as a part of the At Issue panel and on Radio-Canada’s C’est bien meilleur le matin (radio) and Les Coulisses du Pouvoir (TV). She published her first book, French Kiss: Stephen Harper’s Blind Date with Quebec, in 2007.
A francophone whose family moved from Hull, Quebec, to Toronto when she was in high school, Hébert has a unique view on the challenges of living in a country with two official languages. Her experiences give her a distinct understanding of national political affairs and the different political cultures of Quebec and Ontario.
A Glendon graduate, she has served on Glendon’s School of Public & International Affairs advisory committee since its creation and was awarded a Bryden Alumni Award for Pinnacle Achievement in 2006. Hébert is also a recipient of APEX’s Public Service Citation and the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism.
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