By Lindsay Fitzgerald, for the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre
Sue Dewar’s “trial by fire” was a 1995 cartoon of a beaver gnawing on the prosthetic leg of Bloc Québécois leader Lucien Bouchard. The cartoon, published after sovereigntists lost Quebec’s referendum vote, resulted in more than 6,000 death threats against the Toronto Sun editorial cartoonist. In the House of Commons the cartoon was condemned by all parties, while Bloc members sat with her cartoon on their lap as a form of protest.
Lindsay Fitzgerald is a fourth-year student in the Ryerson University School of Journalism.