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  • Keywords
    • Halifax Explosion,
    • Halifax Explosion Inquiry,
    • Mont-Blanc ship,
    • Imo ship,
    • Canadian journalism early 20th century,
    • Female journalists early 20th century,
    • Canadian press censorship WWI

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The Woman Reporter and the Halifax Explosion
by Michael Dupuis

A wartime explosion in Halifax harbour has wrecked the city killing 2,000, injuring 9,000 and destroying 1,600 houses. Toronto Advocate cub reporter Kate Dawson is sent to Halifax to cover the explosion's aftermath and in the process prove herself equal to any male journalist. After reporting the devastation, interviewing key figures and covering the official inquiry into the disaster, she learns the authorities intend to place responsibility for the disaster on three innocent men. Kate faces a dilemma. Should she reveal the authorities' attempt at scapegoating the men, and by going public risk her career and imprisonment under the War Measures Act? Or, should she report the truth?

"Other novels have been written about the Halifax Explosion but The Woman Reporter and the Halifax Explosion is far and away the best." —Barry Cahill, Biographer Halifax Relief Commission "Dupuis’ historical fiction demonstrates his passion to educate readers about both history and injustice." —Joy Crysdale, Educator, Award Winning Journalist, Author Fearless Female Journalists "It’s a principle of journalism that we speak truth to power. The heroine of this book, a fictional but very believable reporter, does just that. This is gripping history." —Julian Sher, Investigative Journalist, Author The North Star: Canada and the Civil War Plots Against Lincoln

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Michael Dupuis is a retired Canadian history teacher, consultant, writer and author. In 2006 he was a consultant to CBC television for Bloody Saturday, in 2011 to CBC Television for Titanic: The Canadian Story and in 2011 to Danny Schur's documentary Mike's Bloody Saturday. In 2012 he contributed to Paul Heyer's TITANIC Century: Media. Myth and the Making of a Cultural Icon. In 2014 Michael published Winnipeg's General Strike: Reports from the Front Lines, in 2017 Bearing Witness: Journalists, Record Keepers and the 1917 Halifax Explosion and in 2018 The Winnipeg General Strike: Ordinary Men and Women Under Extraordinary Circumstances. In 2020 he published his first novel The Reporter and the Winnipeg General Strike. Michael holds a BA (English) and MA (History) from the University of Ottawa and a BEd from the University of Toronto. An avid pickleball player, Michael resides in Perth, Ontario with his wife Christine and Golden retriever Ben. He can be reached at


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