On August 31, a little more than 11 years after her byline first appeared in The Globe and Mail, Tabatha Southey was summarily fired. This was not the first time it had happened to the freelance columnist — her 2010 canning by the same paper was quickly reversed following public outcry — but it was the first time it had happened via email, through a form letter sent by editor-in-chief David Walmsley to Southey and fellow columnist Leah McLaren and apparently no one else.
But while McLaren immediately snapped back with a biting response, Southey has largely held her tongue concerning the unceremonious adieu, except for bits scattered here and there while promoting her book of Collected Tarts.
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