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Podcast, Out of the Mud
Lynda Fishman shares her true story of family, tragedy, & choices after losing her mother & sisters in a plane crash... listen now

Lynda Fishman offers tips on dealing with loss, The Jewish Post
Lynda, at the age of 13, suffered the calamitous loss of her mother and two younger sisters in a 1970 plane crash... read more

Lynda Fishman’s life experience has taught her about persevering through tragedy, The Jewish Post
On July 5, 1970 all 108 passengers and crew aboard Air Canada Flight 621 from Los Angeles to Toronto... read more

Radio Interview, CBC Manitoba
Lynda Fishman is interviewed on CBC Manitoba... listen now

Radio Interview, CJOB AM 680
Lynda Fishman is interviewed on CJOB AM 680... listen now

Making Positive Choices in the Face of Devastating Tragedy, Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
For those who knew Lynda Fishman and her family growing up in Montreal... read more

The Grammar of Grief with Uma Girish, Blog Talk Radio
Imagine losing both your younger siblings and your mom in a plane crash when you’re 13 years old... listen now

Barbara Altman's Front Porch, WOND Radio
Barbara Altman interviews Lynda Fishman on News Talk 1400 WOND... listen now

A True Story of Loss and Inspiration!, Blog Talk Radio
Today we have Lynda Fishman the author of Repairing Rainbows here to help others with... listen now

The Power of Change and Transition, Hay House Radio
HayHouseRadio's Cali Alpert talks with Lynda Fishman about her powerful book Repairing Rainbows... listen now

Surviving Unspeakable Tragedy, Blog Talk Radio
Meet Lynda Fishman, a clinical social worker, inspirational speaker, author of Repairing Rainbows... listen now

Lynda Fishman on Life Design, Blog Talk Radio
In 1970, when she was thirteen years old, Lynda’s life came to a disastrous halt... listen now

Always good news with Connie Smith, CTS TV
Lynda Fishman is interviewed by Connie Smith... watch the video

Camp founder is also Repairing Rainbows, Jewish Tribune
Lynda Fishman set out to write her memoir, Repairing Rainbows, in November 2008. She could not have known how much of an emotional toll retelling her story would take on her nor the profound and positive impact it would have on her readers... read more

Radio Interview, CJAD Montreal
Lynda Fishman is interviewed on the Tommy Schnurmacher show... listen now

daytime York Region, Rogers TV
Lynda Fishman is interviewed by Jacqueline Betterton & Jeff Moore... watch the video

Radio Interview, 680 News
Lynda Fishman is interviewed on 680 News by Jennifer Young... listen now

Finding life through tragedy, The Toronto Sun
In just about everyone's life an event takes place that will define how that person views life from there on. An event that can affect a person's vulnerability... read more

Playing the hand you're dealt, The Suburban
Forty years ago, on July 5, 1970, an Air Canada DC-8 crashed after aborting a landing at Toronto International Airport, killing all 109 passengers... read more

Steps to overcoming grief and moving on, CityTV: Breakfast Television
Lynda Fishman, Author and trained clinical social worker discusses Repairing Rainbows with Dina Pugliese. watch the video

A Tragedy Remembered, CBC: The National
Author talks about the memoir she wrote about losing her mother and two sisters 40 years ago in a deadly plane crash and how she dealt with the tragedy. watch the video

Overcoming Loss, CTV: Canada AM
An author talks about the memoir she wrote about losing her mother and two sisters 40 years ago in a deadly plane crash and how she dealt with the tragedy. watch the video

40 years later, a memorial to GTA’s worst plane crash, The Toronto Star
She wrote and self-published an inspirational memoir, Repairing Rainbows, about how she eventually managed to “choose life” over despair. On the book’s cover: Spremo’s shot of Wendy’s doll. read more

1970 Air Canada crash victims remembered , The Canadian Press
The shadow came first, passing over the farmhouse where 13-year-old Lynne Genova was waking up as her parents busied themselves with morning chores. Then came a bang. Then another, and Genova says that one "shook the earth." Moments later, Air Canada Flight 621 crashed into a ravine... read more

1970 Air Disaster, CBC Radio
Guest host Jane Hawtin spoke with Lynda Fishman. She lost her mother and two sisters on July 5th, 1970, when Air Canada Flight 621 crashed in a farmer's field in Brampton. listen now

40th anniversary of Flight 621 crash, Brampton Guardian
The memory of the worst air disaster in the history of Toronto’s international airport has laid buried in a farmer’s field in east Brampton for a very, very long time... read more

Turning the page, The Montreal Gazette
Talking about tragedy back then was discouraged. And so Lynda Fishman, who was 13 years old when her mother and two sisters perished in a plane crash near Toronto 40 years ago this month, didn't. read more

A life resurrected, The Globe and Mail
"I chose life." Those were the first three words Lynda Fishman wrote down when she started her self-published book, Repairing Rainbows: A True story of Family, Tragedy, and Choices... read more

Repairing Rainbows, ShalomLife
Forty years cannot erase the memory of one of the worst aviation disasters in Canadian history. Flight 621, en route to Los Angeles from Montreal with a touch-down in Toronto, crashed in an open field in Brampton ... read more

A tragic flight turns to flight of triumph, Thornhill Liberal
When Lynda Fishman dropped her children off at preschool, she used to watch the other moms give their weepy two-year-olds reassuring hugs, whispering, "don't worry, Mommy will be back." ... read more

Video from the book launch
A short clip from the launch of Lynda Fishman's book, Repairing Rainbows. Lynda is interviewed at Adventure Valley by Jennifer Valentyne. watch the video

Publication Date: June 15, 2010
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Repairing Rainbows
A True Story of Family, Tragedy and Choices

By Lynda Fishman

Toronto, ON – It was one of Air Canada's worst aviation disasters. Flight 621, en route to Los Angeles from Montreal with a touch-down in Toronto, crashed in an open field in Brampton, ON, killing all 109 passengers and crew members on board. The cause: human error. It was July 5th, 1970 and Lynda Fishman, then 13 years old living in Montreal, was devastated to find out that her mother, Rita Weinberg, and two sisters, Carla and Wendy, were killed in that crash. Her shocking reality instantly captured hearts and headlines around the world.

Forty years after the crash, Fishman and her family marked the anniversary of the staggering and tragic loss with the publication of her personal memoir, Repairing Rainbows: A True Story of Family, Tragedy and Choices. For the first time since their deaths, Lynda shared her personal journey from calamity to triumph.

"For years, I have not been ready to relive this horrific family tragedy. I knew there was more to my life story than the plane crash in 1970. In spite of it all, I chose to live a truly meaningful life. I hope that my story will help others overcome struggles and obstacles," says Fishman from home in Toronto, ON.

After the crash, Fishman and her father were left behind to face their devastating reality. The polarization of the life choices that each of them made in the years following the accident represents the heart of Fishman’s book. While her father, too overcome by despair, never managed to revive his spirit, Fishman made the choice to live. As a determined young teen, Lynda made a conscious decision to become happy again, and to lead a fulfilled and purposeful life. She managed to muster up the courage and strength to dream big, to be idealistic, to strive for more, and to live a meaningful life where she could make a difference in the lives of others.

Fishman's astonishing story took a significant turn when, at seventeen, she serendipitously met her husband, Barry Fishman. Both in the midst of personal tragedy, they strove to help one another overcome their disastrous childhoods through determination, love, and tenacity. Their individual childhood stories are tragic and shocking but their story together is truly a story of hope, faith, tenacity and triumph. Their eventual triumphs far exceeded their expectations, as they have each become well-known, highly respected individuals.

Repairing Rainbows recounts an important part of Canadian history that is sadly remembered by the families and friends of the victims. The story also reveals a woman's determination and will to embrace life fully, brought forth by her experience with life’s insidious nemesis – death – in all of its guises. There is a crucial difference between "truly living" and the existence that is so often mistaken for being alive.

The POWER of Repairing Rainbows is that it makes people re-think, re-discover, and re-focus.

People faced with tragedy don’t know what to expect. Other than family members, friends, or professionals, the most credible support comes from survivors of tragedy.

Lynda and Barry’s life lessons and advice come from well earned experience of horrific tragedy and the journey they took back to life. Their story, loaded with strategies, guidance and reassurance, is teaching countless people that while at times life makes no sense, there is always a way, a path, a direction to take back into the world to truly live.

And . . . they have the credentials. Barry has spent his entire career working in the health care and pharmaceutical industry. He is President and CEO of the Canadian operations for the world’s largest generic pharmaceutical company, Teva Pharmaceuticals. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Childhood Cancer Canada.

Lynda is a clinical social worker, a summer day camp director, and an inspirational speaker.

Since the publication of Repairing Rainbows, Lynda has set up the Repairing Rainbows Fund, which provides support for grieving children and their families.

Repairing Rainbows is captivating and enlightening. While the memoir genre has become jammed with books about tragedy and triumph – along with common, tedious, uninteresting and unexceptional stories - Repairing Rainbows is exactly what a good memoir should be - a unique, gut wrenching, inspirational story about marriage, family, love, hope, gratitude, and most especially, choices.

Repairing Rainbows is already a much sought-after book, having a profound and unbelievable effect on people.

For more information and to purchase the book, visit:

Ms. Fishman is available for interviews on the subject of her book.

To request an interview, please contact

Repairing Rainbows: A True Story of Family, Tragedy and Choices
Lynda Fishman
978-0-9866074-0-0/304 pages/$18/Memoir/PB
Publication Date: June 15, 2010
© Lynda Weinberg Fishman


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