A principle isn't a principle until it costs you.
For Tara Henley, the cost comes in the form of her job as a CBC producer and on-air columnist. Not because the CBC fired her. But because she quit. Unlike previous CBC employees who were disgraced and dismissed for their so-called transgressions, Henley left of her own accord, swinging:
“To work at the CBC is to submit to job interviews that are not about qualifications or experience — but instead demand the parroting of orthodoxies, the demonstration of fealty to dogma…it is to endlessly document microaggressions but pay little attention to evictions; to spotlight company’s political platitudes but have little interest in wages or working conditions. …It is to consent to the idea that a growing list of subjects are off the table...”
From the ashes of her experience at CBC, a phoenix is rising. Ms. Henley is carving out a new role for herself as an independent thinker, writer and podcaster, free from editorial control. Her brand will exist as a counterpoint to the ideas that dialogue itself can be harmful and that the big issues of our time are already settled.
At a time when social media and cancel culture condition us to accept the party line or be ejected from the discourse (or worse), there is power in taking a position.
I don’t know Tara personally but wish her all the best.