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Jody Mitic and Chantal Kreviazuk spar over The Right to Be Cold

When asked whether the book inspired him about climate change, Mitic said he respected the author’s journey and accomplishments, but described the work as a “tough read” that was bogged down by personal narrative that had “no relationship to climate change.”

One of the sharper exchanges from Day One of Canada Reads 2017 took place when Jody Mitic and Chantal Kreviazuk debated the merits of The Right to Be Cold, by Sheila Watt-Cloutier, which the singer-songwriter is defending.

When asked whether the book inspired him about climate change, Mitic said he respected the author's journey and accomplishments, but described the work as a "tough read" that was bogged down by personal narrative that had "no relationship to climate change." 

Kreviazuk responded with a passionate defense. 

"This book is the book that we need to read to understand that we are, as human beings, connected to everything around us — each other, God or consciousness, the environment, weather… and I think that Sheila only proves it through the truth. There's nothing fictional about this, there is no lie needed to be said to tell the truth."

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