Lawyer and author William Kaplan argues that people need to listen more often to unconventional voices rather than relying on conventional wisdom. He joins The Agenda to discuss his latest book, “Why Dissent Matters: Because Some People See Things the Rest of Us Miss.”


Former Ontario premier and interim Liberal leader Bob Rae moderates a discussion with author William Kaplan on the latter’s wide-ranging work of dissent and dissenters “Why Dissent Matters”.


“If there are 10 people in a room and nine agree, the role of the 10th is to disagree and point out the flaws in whatever decision the group has reached.”

Author and lawyer William Kaplan talks why dissent matters in his new book

Watch William Kaplan dicuss his latest book on Global News’ The Morning Show.

Why Dissent Matters with William Kaplan

October 4, 5-7 pm, we launch William Kaplan’s Why Dissent Matters, another in our Books that Matter series, at the library, Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor Street West. Books available for purchase. Registration information available soon.

Those who say no: Dissent and democracy in the Trump era

For many non-Americans, the seeming failure of that country’s system of political checks and balances is one of the most disturbing aspects of Donald Trump’s presidency.

The New Dissent

In an age of free speech battles and #fakenews, what exactly counts as dissent?

After 18 months, Halifax Chronicle Herald and striking employees reach tentative deal

The Halifax Chronicle Herald and the union representing the paper’s employees have reached a tentative agreement weeks after the provincial government intervened in the bitter 18-month-old labour dispute.

Halifax Chronicle-Herald, union reach tentative agreement to end strike

Newspaper staff first walked off the job 18 months ago

Tentative deal reached between Chronicle Herald, striking employees

Saltwire, Halifax Typographical Union say deal reached to end 18-month strike

Seeking common ground: Mediation in months-long Chronicle Herald strike starts tomorrow

Nova Scotia appointed mediator to work with Herald and striking journalists

Speaking out

Voices of dissent crucial to social shifts, author argues

Inquiry set for Herald strike

The provincial government will launch an industrial inquiry commission in August in hopes of ending a prolonged labour dispute between The Chronicle Herald and the Halifax Typographical Union.

Nova Scotia government to mediate 18-month labour dispute at Halifax Chronicle-Herald

Nova Scotia’s government is stepping in to try to put an end to an acrimonious 18-month labour dispute at Atlantic Canada’s oldest and largest independently owned newspaper.

Conrad Black: Palestinian terror and Israel boycotts aren’t a form of ‘dissent.’ They’re just evil and stupid

A boycott of Israel is an evil and stupid enterprise, and those who promote it, such as the United Church of Canada and William Kaplan, should be ashamed of themselves, and eventually will be

Robert Fulford: Listen to dissenters.

Their views can be messy and inconvenient, but they sometimes change the world

Why we need dissenters as badly as ever

Lawyer and journalist William Kaplan talks about the cost of ignoring them, why he’s warmed to them and why Donald Trump is a lousy dissenter.

How Israeli intelligence failures led to a ‘devil’s advocate’ role

Israel’s inability to perceive enemies’ plans before 1973 Yom Kippur War led to creation of the Tenth Man, a way to ensure contrary assessments at least get a hearing.

This is Dr. Frances Kelsey’s story

The year was 1960. A new West German wonder drug, thalidomide, was about to hit the U.S. market. Just one thing stood in its way: A Canadian-born doctor, Frances Kelsey, whose work ultimately spared thousands of American lives and preventing much needless suffering. This excerpt, from the upcoming book Why Dissent Matters by William Kaplan, tells the story

Two sides in TTC union fight agree to mediation after Bob Kinnear tries to get rival sent to jail

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 president had filed a motion seeking to find labour rival in contempt of court.



Why Dissent Matters (Because Some People See Things the Rest of Us Miss)

A wide-ranging and provocative work on controversial subjects, Why Dissent Matters tells a story of dissent and dissenters – people who have been attacked, bullied, ostracized, jailed, and, sometimes when it is all over, celebrated.

New tentative agreements reached between Canada Post and CUPW

Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) have successfully reached new tentative agreements.

Labour Minister appoints author as mediator for Canada Post dispute

With the clock ticking toward a potential work stoppage at Canada Post, lawyer and author William Kaplan was appointed Friday to seek an end to the months-long labour dispute at the Crown agency.