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‘I must speak, I have no choice but to speak’: CBC’s Adrian Harewood talks about his decades-long fight against systemic racism in the media

By Mike Lapointe      

'At the end of the day, we need more representation by a diverse group of people in positions of power, in decision-making positions,' says Adrian Harewood.

CBC Ottawa News anchor Adrian Harewood says 'I have a little bit of power, I have a little bit of confidence, and I feel as if I can speak, and that I must speak, and that I have no choice but to speak.' Photograph courtesy of CBC

CBC Ottawa News anchor Adrian Harewood has been involved in the fight against systemic racism in the media for nearly 30 years, a fight that’s been accelerated in recent weeks and months as much of the Canadian media landscape is now contending with a rising chorus of voices within the journalistic community calling for more diversity in both newsrooms and boardrooms—particularly after the death of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer in May.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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