I am the Editor at The Ottawa Citizen. I'm a newspaperman more or less by accident. I have a PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto, and I was a professor of philosophy from 2001 to 2004 at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. From 2005-2011 I was a public affairs columnist for Maclean's magazine. I am the author of the 2010 book The Authenticity Hoax, and I also coauthored the international bestseller The Rebel Sell (called Nation of Rebels in the United States) with Joseph Heath. I was born in Teulon, Manitoba and grew up in Ottawa.