Isabel LeBourdais

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Isabel LeBourdais, née Erichsen-Brown (15 April 1909 – 2003) was a Canadian journalist and author. She is best known as the author of the 1966 book The Trial of Steven Truscott, the first major work to argue that Steven Truscott had been wrongfully convicted of murder. Isabel's book was instrumental in pushing the Federal Government to ask the Supreme Court to review the trial in 1966. Eventually in August 2007, after many years of legal proceedings, the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned the conviction stating it was a "miscarriage of justice" that "must be quashed." On July 07, 2008 Steven was granted $6.5 million in compensation for his ordeal.

Educated at Havergal College and the University of Toronto, she left university in 1929 to marry Lieutenant. Stephen Holmes Dale RCN BA (Honours) (born 1905), son of Professor. John Alfred Dale MA (Oxon) of University of Toronto, whom she divorced four years later. She subsequently became a social activist, and joined the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. She married writer and CCF politician D. M. LeBourdais in 1942. She continued working as a journalist and activist until publishing the Truscott book. Thereafter, she became a public relations officer for the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.

She was the sister of novelist Gwethalyn Graham.

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