Chantal Hébert discusses the concept of how fake news impacts politics
What: Politics and Democracy in the Fake News era
Who: National Affairs reporter Chantal Hébert with UBC Okanagan’s Distinguished Speaker Series
When: Tuesday, February 13 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kelowna Community Theatre, 1375 Water Street, Kelowna
Fake news. It was just a year ago, after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the term was introduced to the media. Now, it’s used almost daily—to dismiss ideas that may not agree with a government policy, or even dismiss proven facts.
Award-winning Canadian journalist Chantal Hébert will host a public talk about this new fake news era at a special event on February 13 at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Hébert, a political columnist with the Toronto Star, will discuss how fake news affects today’s politics and even the entire democratic system. The event is presented by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Speaker Series.
Hébert, who received an honorary degree from UBC’s Vancouver campus last spring, is an officer of the Order of Canada. She began covering politics in Ottawa for Radio-Canada, has served as parliamentary bureau chief for several news organizations, and is a weekly participant on the political panel At Issue on CBC's The National as well as several other political commentary broadcasts.
The Montreal-based journalist is a York University graduate and in 2006 she received the Hy Solomon award for excellence in journalism and public policy, as well as York University's Pinnacle Achievement Bryden Alumni award. Hébert’s second book, The Morning After, was published in September 2014. She won a gold National Magazine Award for her political column in L’actualité.
The Distinguished Speaker Series is presented by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences and takes place Tuesday, February 13 at the Kelowna Community Theatre, 1375 Water Street at 7 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public, but online pre-registration is required. A select number of tickets will be available February 6 at 9 a.m. To register visit: speakers.ok.ubc.ca
About UBC's Okanagan campus
UBC’s Okanagan campus is an innovative hub for research and learning in the heart of British Columbia’s stunning Okanagan Valley. Ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world, UBC is home to bold thinking and discoveries that make a difference. Established in 2005, the Okanagan campus combines a globally recognized UBC education with a tight-knit and entrepreneurial community that welcomes students and faculty from around the world. For more visit ok.ubc.ca.