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Two Deaths in Three Days for This Hour Has Seven Days

Laurier Lapierre, Dinah Christie and Patrick WatsonIn a strange turn of events two key figures from a landmark CBC public affairs show have died within days of each other.  On December 17, Laurier Lapierre who served as a co-host with Patrick Watson and Dinah Christie for This Hour Has Seven Days died and two days later the co-founder of the program with Watson, Douglas Leiterman suffered the same fate.

Douglas LeitermanOriginally aired on October 4, 1964, the one hour program was a hybrid of satire and hard news which courted controversy by ambushing politicians whether at home or work while also profiling cultural figures such as Leonard Cohen.  Lapierre was criticized for unprofessional behaviour for wiping away tears on the air after an interview with mother of Steven Truscott, a 14 year old boy who was later discovered to have been wrongfully sentenced to death for murder.  Other polarizing television moments included an interview

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