An explanation for that shiver (Editor’s notes)

Privacy commissioner wants to strip names from court decisions
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2008

Do you conduct background checks on new hires? Yes? Great. That’s a smart practice, due diligence and all that good stuff. Now, think back a couple of weeks. Do you remember where you were on Aug. 17? It was a Sunday.

Since it was the weekend, there’s a good chance you were relaxing. Maybe you were doing something fun with the family. Or perhaps spending some quality time poolside or in the garden. Do you remember that point where the hairs on the back of your neck stood up? Or when you had that unexpected shiver run down your spine?

I can explain why. (You also might have felt the earth move under your feet. But I’ll get to why that happened later.) The shiver coincided with the moment Jennifer Stoddart, the federal privacy commissioner, was addressing the Canadian Bar Association’s Canadian Legal Conference and Expo in Quebec City. I can be even more precise — the chill started around her 565th word.