VANCOUVER – A CBC journalist who was kissed by a stranger on live TV has received an apology, but she’s still being attacked by others online for making a complaint to police.
Megan Batchelor was reporting from a music festival in Squamish, B.C., north of Vancouver, Friday when a stranger came up from behind, kissed her on the cheek at the same time as he took a picture of the event.
Daniel Davies, 17, later reached out to her in a direct message on Twitter to identify himself and say he was sorry.
CBC Middle East correspondent Nahlah Ayed attracted hundreds of people to her book launch Monday evening at McNally Robinson Booksellers.
The former Winnipegger-turned-globetrotter launched her new book, “A Thousand Farewells,” and spoke to the crowd about her ongoing journey to share the stories of those she meets as a foreign correspondent — often stationed in the world’s most volatile and unsettled regions.
In the book, Ayed describes with sympathy and insight the myriad ways in which the Arab people have fought against oppression and loss as seen from her own early days witnessing protests in Amman, and the wars, crackdowns, and uprisings she has reported on in countries across the region.
Ayed, although born in Winnipeg, moved to a refugee camp in Amman, Jordan with her family in 1976. Seven years later, they were back in Winnipeg.
“People are not quotes or clips, used to illustrate stories about war and conflict. People are the story, always,” Ayed writes, as stated in an excerpt from the book.
Ayed told the crowd she always feels welcome in her hometown and was overwhelmed at the huge outpouring of support.
Not surprisingly, McNally Robinson quickly sold out of “A Thousand Farewells.”
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CBC Middle East correspondent and former Winnipegger Nahlah Ayed launches her new book, “In A Thousand Farewells,” at McNally Robinson Booksellers at Grant Park Shopping Centre on Monday, April 23, 2012. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)
A Winnipeg-born CBC correspondent is about to share her personal stories from covering a region of the world she shares a close connection with.
Nahlah Ayed is the author of “A Thousand Farewells: A Reporter’s Journey from Refugee Camp to the Arab Spring,” a book that chronicles her time in a Palestinian refugee camp in Amman, Jordan, to sharing the stories of those in her own region. Ayed describes with sympathy and insight the myriad ways in which the Arab people have fought against oppression and loss as seen from her own early days witnessing protests in Amman, and the wars, crackdowns, and uprisings she has reported on in countries across the region.
Ayed and her family gave up their comfortable life in Winnipeg in 1976 to return to Jordan, later returning home when she was 13.
Ayed will launch her book at McNally Robinson Booksellers at Grant Park on Monday, April 23 beginning at 7 p.m.