The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies (MASI) invites all to a presentation by Victor Malarek on his life’s work in advocacy for the voiceless. Victor will then engage in conversation with CTV’s Sandie Ronaldo, followed by a discussion with the audience.
The event will take place on Thursday March 1, 2018 in Madden Hall, a room located in Carr Hall at 100 St. Joseph Street. It is part of “Thursdays at Sheptytsky,” a free and open series of public presentations hosted by the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, a research centre at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto.
Last year, award-winning journalist Victor Malarek retired as the senior investigative reporter on CTV’s current
affairs show W5. Prior to that he was the investigations editor for The Globe and Mail, and from 1990 to 2000 co-host
of the CBC’s current affairs show, The Fifth Estate. In 1996 he won a Gemini Award as Canada’s top broadcast
Malarek has written six non-fiction books including Hey Malarek!, which documents his troubled and
tumultuous early years in the Quebec child welfare system. In 1988, Hey Malarek! was made into a feature movie, and in 1991-92,
the book also became the basis for 16 dramatic hour-long episodes on CBC TV called Urban Angel. Some of his
other non-fiction works include The Johns – Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It (2009) and the internationally
acclaimed Natashas – Inside the Global Sex Trade (2003). Most recently, Malarek ventured into fiction with the novel
Orphanage 41 (2014). In most of his works, Malarek has taken up the cause of the voiceless and oppressed. As a
Ukrainian Canadian, he has increasingly publicized the plight of victimized women and orphans in the former
USSR and Eastern Bloc. Copies of Orphanage 41 will be available for purchase at the event.