Show Us the Suicide Note

Raveena Aulakh’s death was a tragedy—but one we can learn from. As journalists, our duty is to the living, not the dead

Last month, Toronto Star environmental reporter Raveena Aulakh took her own life. Her suicide note has not been made public. But the early industry gossip had it that she was emotionally traumatized by the infidelities of her one-time lover, Star assistant managing editor Jon Filson. Since Aulakh’s suicide, Filson abruptly was marched out of the Star. (One assumes he was fired, but there are all manner of legal fictions surrounding such terminations.) Also gone from the Star newsroom is managing editor Jane Davenport, who was both Filson’s alleged add-on paramour and Aulakh’s boss. It also was suggested, on at least one widely circulated gossip site, that this seamy sex mess was part of a wider culture of workplace promiscuity at the Toronto Star.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Give us Barabbas!

    Sure, what the heck.
    That poor girl died over this incident and I’m sure she would approve of the demonization of those that tormented her in this life.
    Yes, I am sure of that!

    • I think so.

    • Justin St.Denis

      It isn’t easy being green…..

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      That poor girl was a deluded environmentalist working for a horrible news outlet.
      My don’t give a fuck o meter is pinned.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        She might have been all of those things, but heck, why not.

  • andycanuck

    Let’s see if drug use by staff is also common at the paper that went ape against Rob Ford; and if it played a part in any of this.

    • Daviddowntown

      Now that would be delicious.

  • G

    “Filson abruptly was marched out of the Star. (One assumes he was fired,”

    Doesn’t matter if he was building weapons of mass destruction in his basement and sacrificing babies to volcanoes. He’ll get another cushy top job at another news organization. The scumbags in the “news” industry don’t care. He’s one of the “in” crowd now somebody else will scoop him up.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Nah, that pool is shrinking.
      He’ll end up as a Trudeau publicist.
      No, spell correct, I said pubicist.

  • Frances

    “…..part of a wider culture of workplace promiscuity…..” has sex replaced drinking amongst reporters?

    • Exile1981

      They call it social sex because they do it in groups and swap partners frequently.

      • Frances


    • Ede

      You couldn’t screw a star reporter unless you were hammered.

  • SDMatt

    Torstar probably found all that heterosexuality “icky” and has mandated bum-chuminess.

  • Justin St.Denis

    “…workplace promiscuity at The Toronto Star…”

    A little bit of my dinner came back up when I read that. The very thought was a tad too viscous for me……

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      At least back in the days of workplace drinking you could end up too drunk to fuck.

      • Justin St.Denis

        The good old days….

    • Gary

      How odd the Jian Ghomeshi wasn’t liked to this.

  • Gary

    Hey, the STAR and the Police conspired to cover up how Geoge Smithermen drove his husband to suicide which used to be a crime but is legal for Liberals.
    The STAR hounded Rob Ford from only allegations of domestic abuse, yet Furious George drove his husband out of the house when he ran away and was found almost naked by a railway bridge close to a know crack house.
    The Police went quit on the issue but returned the husband to the same abusive partner which lasted about 3 months before the spouse saw suicide as a blessing to get away from the abuser.
    Why would the STAR not cover-up this suicide too which seems to be the norm now when Liberal progressives are tied to the a death or murder.

    Remember how Chief Blair wanted to nail Ford from alleged use of illegal drugs , now Blair is a Liberal MP that knew Smithermen did illegal hard drugs while Justin was on camera to the media boasting about supporting the illegal drug trade and doing pot.
    Two Politicians that admit to doing illegals drug but they were a Liberal MPP and the other is now the Liberal PM . No bias there for Chief Blair .

    • Justin St.Denis

      Blair is a Progressive Blowboy – full stop.