Christie Blatchford was hard as a rock, soft as a teddy bear and Canadians will miss her 


She was a real journalist. She loved this sometimes dubious craft and was one of the very few who lent it lustre, lifted its practice and endowed it with trust. She was like that occasional politician of whom we say that he or she provides the rare example that redeems the profession. She was sharp, clear and unbendable on her principles. She courted no group, bowed to no fad, curried no favour and always said what it was she thought should be said without equivocation, always getting straight to the heart of what was at issue. Journalism is measurably diminished by her departure.

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