Barbara Yaffe is a journalist who has spent more than 40 years living and working in Canada. She has lived and worked in six provinces between Newfoundland and B.C., writing on public issues and government.
She was born in Montreal and attended McGill University and the University of Toronto, receiving her Bachelor of Arts before taking the journalism program at Carleton University, where she received her Bachelor of Journalism in 1975.
Barbara’s first job was at the Montreal Gazette, but within the year she moved to the Globe and Mail to work in the Toronto newsroom, the Queens Park Bureau and then, the Atlantic Bureau. Yaffe was co-recipient of the Roland Michener Governor General’s Award, for a series of articles on children’s services in Ontario.
After three years of news coverage for the CBC TV National for Newfoundland, Labrador, and later for Alberta, she returned to the Globe in 1984 to become a parliamentary reporter.
Returning to Newfoundland she freelanced as magazine and newspaper reporter and later for the weekly Sunday Express.
In 1988 she joined the Vancouver Sun where she has worked as Lifestyles Editor, BC News Editor and finally, a political and business columnist and editorial writer.
In 2004, the Jack Webster Foundation awarded her the Columnist of the Year Award and the same year she won an Award of Distinction from the International Fund for Animal Welfare. In 2013, she was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her journalism work, flowing from a nomination from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.