In the introduction to Terry "Aislin" Mosher's latest collection of editorial cartoons, Canadian comic Rick Mercer writes that "Aislin is something more of a nightmare. It's a name that has become synonymous with biting political satire and razor-sharp wit. But more importantly he is Canada's most celebrated s-- disturber." For more than 40 years,Aislin has used his pen and inks as his tools - and for most part, the Montreal Gazette as his canvas - to give his pointed, acerbic take on the political issues of the day

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and the diverse bunch of characters that are politicians who made those issues come alive, through his unique, distinctive style of cartooning. "Was It Good For You?", his newly-published collection, still proves to his multitude of fans that this editorial cartoonist extraordinaire is a national treasure. The book collects the best ofAislin's cartoons over the past three years (2010 to 2012). It covers events and issues that affected not only Canada, Quebec and Montreal, but also the latest innovations in technology and the environment. There's his illustrated take on the rampant student antituition fee hike protests, the NDP's "Orange Crush" during


Book Review by Stuart Nulman

Was It Good For You?

by Terry "Aislin" Mosher





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the 2011 federal election, the Arab Spring, the war in Afghanistan, the crumbling Montreal infrastructure (and those omnipresent lifesized orange construction cones), and the decline of the Montreal Canadiens. And such politicians and personalities like Stephen Harper, Jean Charest, Gerald Tremblay, Pauline Marois, Barack Obama, Bashar Hafez el-Assad and even the Bonhomme Carnivale are not immune from the Aislin treatment. There's even an unusual (and interesting) chapter, in which he shows how a random drawing that Aislin did on his pad while taking a walk becomes one of his editorial cartoons by simply adding another person, building or signage. No matter what, the Aislin cartoons that are featured in this collection (as in previous collections) evoke the reactions that editorial cartoons should for the reader: laugh out loud (as in his description of the different colour protest patches and their respective significances), touch you (as in his tribute to the late NDP leader Jack Layton) or make you pause and reflect (as in his response to a new arena for a proposed NHL franchise in Quebec City). "Was It Good For You?" will certainly be good for all of Aislin's fans. He certainly knows how to stir the pot of the national conscience with his mighty pen. * * * Aislin is one of the 16 Canadian authors who are featured in the lineup of this year's Books & Breakfast series sponsored by Paragraphe Bookstore, the Gazette and the Westmount Public Library. He will be promoting "Was It Good For You?" at the November 18 breakfast at the Centre Sheraton Hotel, located at 1201 Rene Levesque Blvd. The other Books & Breakfast sessions will take place on October 14 and 21, and November 4. Each one starts at 10 a.m. Other authors to appear in the series include Tommy Schnurmacher, Jacob Richler, former Boston Bruin Derek Sanderson, Rawi Hage, Dr. Joe Schwarcz and David Bidini. Tickets are $32 each, or $114 for the entire series, and can be purchased at Paragraphe (2220 McGill College Avenue) and the Westmount Public Library (4574 Sherbrooke Street West). For more information, call 514- 845-5811.

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VANOC boss trying to hide past

Recent allegations levelled at John Furlong, the CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) underline how the hiring process is not the same for all. Applicants with friends in high places seem to be able to skip impor- tant steps. Rather than face any serious scrutiny about their past, they are simply welcomed aboard. The Globe and Mail named Furlong "Canadian of the year" in 2010; he is a recipient of the Order of B.C., the Order of Canada, the Olympic Order, and the Paralympic Order. He is chairman of Own the 10 OCTOBER 6, 2012 *


Podium, and is on the Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. board. He has received honorary degrees from two BC universities and a technical school, from the University of Calgary, and the BC Justice Institute. A recent article in Vancouver's Georgia Straight newspaper claims that Furlong is not being forthcoming about his first few years in Canada. That article goes into great detail about how Furlong, now 61, had already lived in Canada from 1969 to 1974 prior to "immigrating" to this country.

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