Thursday, October 20, 2016


Mark Bourrie MJ PhD JD(Cand)
11-190 Booth Street
Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 7J4

Summary: National Magazine Award-winning journalist, best-selling author under contract to HarperCollins Canada, holder of a PhD with thesis that is the definitive account of press censorship in the Second World War. JD in 2017. Listed in Who’s Who in Canada.


Juris Doctor, Common Law, University of Ottawa, (2017). Specializing in media and political law.

PhD, History, University of Ottawa, (2009).
Thesis: Media Censorship in Canada in the Second World War, published by Douglas & McIntyre Aug. 6, 2011, as The Fog of War: Censorship of Canada’s Media in World War II. Comprehensive fields (university teaching qualifications) in Post-Confederation Canadian History; Media History; and Post-Second World War European History.

Masters in Journalism, Carleton University, (2004).
Thesis: By the Nose: The Press and the Banning of Cannabis in Canada. Much of this thesis was incorporated into Hemp, published in 2004 by Key Porter.

Diploma, Public Policy and Administration, University of Guelph, (1994).
Case studies focused on security and intelligence policies and transportation issues.

AMCT designation (municipal administration), St. Lawrence College, (1992).

Bachelor of Arts, Canadian History, University of Waterloo. (1991).


Abergal Golstein LLP, 2015: Internship in the fall semester in an Ottawa-based criminal law practice analyzing disclosure material, attending trials and trial conferences, meeting with clients and other duties.

Lister Beaupre, 2016: Summer job in an Ottawa employment and defamation law firm, drafting pleadings, mediation briefs, disclosure material, Wagg motions, memoranda. Also involved in mediations in Superior Court and Small Claims cases, assessments, client meetings and other work.


University of Ottawa
·        Canadian Studies 1100a, Fall 2013.

Carleton University
·        History of Canadian Media, Censorship and Propaganda, (HIST 2309: Selected Topics): Summer, 2011 and Spring 2013.

National Defence Public Affairs College, 2009 - present.
·        Guest lecturer on propaganda and censorship. Consultant on development of propaganda section of the NDPAC program. Instructor in media-public affairs officer interaction simulations.

Concordia University School of Journalism, Instructor, 2007-2009.
·        Full-time limited term faculty appointment for two academic years. Taught media history, media analysis and lab courses for Journalism students



Big Men Fear Me: A Biography of George McCullagh (in progress).

The Killing Game: ISIS Propaganda and Recruitment. Patrick Crean Editions, HarperCollins Canada, March 8, 2016.
·        Canadian Independent Bookstores best-seller

Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper’s war on your right to know.  Patrick Crean Editions, HarperCollins Canada, Jan. 19, 2015.
·        Canadian bestseller (Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Independent Bookseller lists, a Globe and Mail Top 100 book of 2015).

Fighting Words: The Best Canadian War Correspondence from the Vikings to Afghanistan. Dundurn, 2012

The Fog of War: Censorship and News Manipulation Canada in World War II. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, July, 2011.
·        This book reached sixth on Maclean’s non-fiction best-seller list (Sept. 1, 2011).

Many a Midnight Ship. Toronto: Key Porter/University of Michigan Press, (2005).

True Canadian Stories of the Great Lakes. Toronto: Key Porter/Prospero, (2004).

Hemp. Toronto: Key Porter/U.S.: Firefly Books, (2003).

The Parliament Buildings (with photographs by Malak Karsh). Toronto: Key Porter, (1999).

Flim Flam: Canada’s greatest frauds and scandals. Toronto: Dundurn, distributed by University of Toronto Press, (1998).

By Reason of Insanity: The David Michael Krueger Story. Toronto: Dundurn, distributed by University of Toronto Press, (1997).

Canada’s Parliament Buildings. Toronto: Dundurn, distributed by University of Toronto Press, (1996).

Ninety Fathoms Down: Canadian Stories of the Great Lakes. Toronto: Dundurn, distributed by University of Toronto Press, (1995).

Chicago of the North: A History of Port McNicoll, Ontario.  Barrie: Annan and Sons, (1993).

Academic Book Chapter:

Harnessing Journalists to the War Machine: Canada’s Domestic Press Censors in the Second World War,” in Geoffrey Hayes ed., Canada and the Second World War: Essays in Honor of Terry Copp. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Fall, 2011.

Book Research:

Presently engaged as a researcher for books by Prof. Constance Backhouse, Common Law, University of Ottawa on Supreme Court justices Claire L’Heureux-Dube and Bertha Wilson, financed by a Social Sciences and Historical Research Council grant.


Cardin, Jean-Francois, A History of the Canadian Constitution. Montreal: Global Vision Publishing, (1997).

Academic Articles:

The Myth of the “Gagged Clam”: William Lyon Mackenzie King’s Press Relations. Global Medial Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2 (December, 2010).

Review: Barnett Singer, Maxime Weygand: A Biography of the French General in Two World Wars. Toronto: McFarland & Company, 2008. In Canadian Journal of History, Winter, 2010.

Review:  Jeff A. Webb, The Voice of Newfoundland.  Canadian Journal of Communications, Winter 2014


Carty fellowship, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, 2016-2017, to research Common Law and any statutory foundation of the public’s right to know.


The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, Hearings on the future of local television news and programming, Feb. 1, 2016.

Forum for Research and Policy in Communications, Rebooting Canada’s Communications Legislation, May 22, 2015.

Ottawa Writers’ Festival, on ISIS propaganda and recruitment, April 2016.

Ottawa Writers’ Festival, with Brooke Jeffrey and Brent Rathgeber, on Stephen Harper’s information control, April, 2015.

Kingston Writer’s Festival, 2015, with Lawrence Hill and Carole Off, Sept. 19, 2015.

Broadbent Institute panel with Michael Harris, 2015, on changes Stephen Harper has made to the Canadian political system and political communication.

Freedom to Read: The Death of Investigative Reporting. With Jesse Brown, Linden MacIntyre and Kathy English, Toronto, March 2015.

Freedom to Read: Censorship Then and Now. With Susan Swan. Toronto, March 12, 2013.

Tommy Shoyama, The New Canadian, and the Censors. A discussion of the challenges faced by the editor of the sole Japanese-Canadian newspaper to publish through the Second World War. Canadian Communications Association national conference, Carleton University, 2009.

Canadian Wartime Censorship and Propaganda. National Defence Public Affairs College, February, 2009; March, 2010; March 2011.


Forum for Policy and Communications, on issues related to the funding and survival of local television news, 2015-present.

Canadian War Museum. Media and War (for an exhibit on war correspondents in May, 2015).

Canadian Development Consultants International Inc. 2010-2011. Historical research for the Department of National Defence on war games and military training sites in Canada to determine location of unexploded munitions. This research involved intensive work in secret and restricted files of the Directorate of History and Heritage at DND and Library and Archives Canada.

Department of National Defence (Canada), Public Affairs College 2009-present. Lecturer on censorship and propaganda concepts. Curriculum consultant on media control, media-public affairs interaction simulations, history of the military’s public affairs department.

Government of Canada, 2006. History of the Canadian food inspection system and its reaction to issues like avian flu and “mad cow” disease.

Canadian War Museum, 2005. (with Prof. Jeffrey Keshen, Chair, Dept. of History, University of Ottawa). Research and report on World War II news manipulation and propaganda.


Member of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery since 1994.


Co-Founder Blacklock’s Reporter (2012), a digital-only news publishing company with paywall-only access.
Contributing Editor and political blogger/columnist, Ottawa magazine, (2000-present).
Editor, Canadian Communications Report, Decima Research, (1999-2000).
Editor, Canadian New Media, Decima Research, (1999-2000).
Editor, Midland Times, (1991-1993).


Canadian Bar Association publications (print and digital),Canada’s History (formerly The Beaver), Saturday Night, Toronto Life, Canadian Business, Profit, Canadian Geographic, Zoomer, Canadian Geographic Travel, Canadian Lawyer, Ottawa Magazine (print and digital), Chatelaine, Equinox, Quill and Quire, Majesty (UK), Nature Canada, Seasons, THIS Magazine, Legion, Esprit de Corps, Law Times, National Post, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Hill Times, Xinhua News Agency, and all major Southam (CanWest) dailies, The Globe and Mail, the Winnipeg Free Press, the United Nations’ InterPress News Service, Huffington Post., and other local and national publications in Canada, the U.S., China and the U.K.

The Toronto Star, (1989-1998 and 2009-present): Wrote 450+ articles including news, editorial (Op-Ed), entertainment, sports, and features.

The Globe and Mail, (1981-1989): Regional correspondent, central Ontario. Wrote 350+ articles.

Toronto Sun, (1979-1980). Assistant business editor and news reporter.

Student reporter, Hamilton Spectator, (1978), The Globe and Mail, (1978-1979), and The London Free Press, (1979).


Ontario Community Newspaper Awards, Best Columnist, 2007.
National Magazine Award Honourable Mention, Editorial Package, (shared) 2015.
National Magazine Award, Social Affairs, Honourable Mention, 2003.
National Magazine Award, Social Affairs, Honourable Mention, 2000.
National Magazine Award, Social Affairs, Gold, 1999.
Canadian Association of Journalists Award, Nominee (Magazine Writing), 2003.
Ontario Newspaper Award, Best Reporter, 1992.
Ontario Newspaper Award, Honourable Mention, Environmental Writing, 1992.
Canadian Archaeological Association public writing award, 1990.
Ontario Newspaper Award Honourable Mention, Environmental Writing, 1982.
National Newspaper Award Honourable Mention, Spot News, (shared), 1979.
Ontario Newspaper Award Certificate of Merit, spot news, (shared), 1979.
Ontario Newspaper Award, environmental writing, Hamilton Spectator team, 1978.

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