Sunday June 5th: Please see update, in red, below...As a result of the update, I've changed the title of this post and removed material from the original post that commented on information in the first run of a Maclean's review of J. Tyabji's biography of C. Clark that was factually incorrect...I've also taken down all comments written before 5:00pm Sunday that refer to and/or comment on the same factually incorrect information.
From the deeply buried lede (i.e. the last sentence) in Nancy Macdonald's Maclean's (original) piece on Ms. Judy Tyabji's biography of our fine premier:
...It can’t help author or subject that Tyabji received grants from the B.C. Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts to write this book...
Here comes the updateish stuff...
Ms Tyabji tells the world, via Marky Mark's Klout Klub (aka, The Twittmachine), that she, herself, received no (presumably grant) monies:
To which Maclean's has responded thusly:
Clarification, June 5: This review has been updated to clarify that it was publisher that received standard financial support from the Government of Canada (Canada Book Fund), the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.
There you have it...The firewall between publisher and author have taken care of everything.
And, no, I don't have any problem whatsoever with Arts grants (to publishers or otherwise)...What I do have a problem with is using them to help fund abject shillophancy in the run-up to an election campaign, particularly when said 'phancy is authored by someone whose spouse is on the government payroll for 'phancy in another, more sparkly and ponyish corner of the realm.