A trail of smoke after ditching Lisa LaFlamme
CTV News drama is so hot right now
Reflections from one former colleague of Lisa LaFlamme coincided with Brian Lilley posting a fuller picture of perspectives about her ouster at CTV News. The saga has also provided its share of opinionated content at the Toronto Star, where LaFlamme’s husband, Michael Cooke, was once editor-in-chief. (These days, he’s working as a senior advisor at Navigator.)
A message to Canada’s QAnon
The mayor of Peterborough, Ontario, offered a pair of F-bombs in response to activities in her city that included three men trying to “arrest” local police officers getting arrested themselves. Romana Didulo, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Canada” who now has global ambitions, was the conduit for this confrontational gathering of her followers.
Wayne Gretzky is being sued for $10 million because he allegedly lied about losing 35 pounds in six to eight weeks by chewing a gum. The plaintiff who hired Wayne’s wife, Janet, to promote a weight-management product called OMG claims he lost $10 million because No. 99 was trying to boost the company’s stock by perpetuating this fib.
Beckhams bending the paparazzi
A collection of random celebrities hanging in Muskoka is getting attention thanks to snaps posted to Instagram by the likes of David Beckham and Mark Wahlberg from Ontario cottage country. Cindy Crawford and husband Randy Gerber also intersect with this sect. But virtual Posh Spice sightings demand deeper vigilance in order to get screenshots in time:
This is probably the final print masthead ever from a Toronto alt-weekly. Now Magazine’s acting editor Radheyan Simonpillai shared the evidence of a new August issue layout. But he’s stepping back from this task after not getting paid for 21 weeks. The website for Now has been voluntarily updated since a corporate bankruptcy filing in March.
Finally, the Tao of Zeddy returns
Zellers caught a wave of attention for announcing a comeback via Hudson’s Bay stores and e-commerce. The discount banner made its first return last fall as HBC got into a trademark war with a Quebec family who’d snatched the dormant brand. A parody Twitter account dedicated to memory memes may deserve credit for showing nostalgia value: