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In fear of the cultural department store

Heather Reisman’s comments at that Indigo annual general meeting a few weeks back continue to reverberate in the books community; now the Dooney’s Café website has posted some belated reaction. Dooney’s writer Gordon Lockheed argues that with its plan to maximize profit by shrinking book offerings, the chain is shirking its responsibility as a cultural institution. And, as Lockheed hints but doesn’t quite come out and say, it’s as a cultural institution that Indigo enjoys some unique protections under Canadian law — such as protection from foreign competition.

Related links:
Dooney’s Cafe essay on Indigo