A day in the headlines with Patrick Brown
Running against scissors all around
While he appeals against Conservatives who disqualified him from running for federal leader, Patrick Brown claims to be undecided about running for a second term as mayor of Brampton, where his opponents lost a case in court. Meanwhile, the Brown campaign likes Jean Charest, even if Stephen Harper is still lurking in favour of crowning Pierre Poilievre.
Bells start tolling for Rogers
Canada’s industry minister tasked telecommunications networks to come up with a plan that avoids repeating the kind of outage that struck Rogers—whose customers have been promised refunds pro-rated for their time offline. The failure was blamed on maintenance, but effects may include an additional barrier to Rogers acquiring Shaw.
Justin Bieber hits aren’t Canadian enough under the current wording of Bill C-11. The proposed Online Streaming Act won’t accommodate productions whose foreign input similarly prevents them from qualifying as Cancon on the radio. It’s now been 30 years since the CRTC tweaked its rules only somewhat, due to griping by Bryan Adams.
New radio room for an umlaut
Six months after Carol Off announced her departure from As it Happens, the CBC Radio staple named a replacement. Previous guest assignments like finding out how many hotdogs a person could possibly eat in one sitting were cited as what qualifies Nil Köksal for the nightly job, starting in September, opposite writer turned co-host Chris Howden:
Paul Hanover dead at 97. The title of “Mayor of the Morning” belonged to the radio host who was heard from 1945 to 1982 on CHML in Hamilton. Subsequently, he spent five years on the FM dial before retiring in 1991. Hanover also hosted game shows for CTV, including the charades competition called It’s Your Move.
Finally, spikier blackboard jungle
Class of 1984 hit U.S. theatres in summer 1982 as the kind of dystopian crime thriller that Roger Ebert understood—even if it was more often cited for starring Michael Fox before he added the “J.” But its producer was then CBC reporter Arthur Kent, who stars in a Toronto Star oral history of how this tax-shelter punk aesthetic invaded the halls of Central Tech: