Canadian media freedom after Don Cherry

Might feel a bit harder to find

A year after a Metro Morning segment about the trouble with Facebook went sideways, Jesse Hirsh reflects on what the experience says about the state of media. Meanwhile, the CBC had Winnipeg-based reporter Ahmar Khan delete a popular tweet critical of Don Cherry, because it didn’t meet standards outlined in CBC social media guidelines.


An apology for talking hockey

The Social co-host Jessica Allen says that she wished she used her own privilege to confront the rink-rat “white boys” who she criticized. CTV apologized to those offended, but Allen won’t lose her job. And while Rogers keeps internal talk about five-year employee Don Cherry out of headlines, Bobby Orr is among those firmly in the coach’s corner.


Cenotaph spray painting came with a confession on Facebook. Thomas Zaugg was arrested and charged with two counts of mischief in Toronto for vandalism outside Old City Hall. He said that it was a protest act related to the firing of Don Cherry. Zaugg appeared in that building at the same time that Chair Girl was pleading guilty.


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Frenemies of the squash court

Roel Bramer’s self-published memoir, Golden Roel, concluded with the legendary nightlife impresario addressing a conflagration at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club—by accusing fellow member Jonathan Kay of orchestrating his suspension. Kay reciprocates with a review of the book that Bramer wrote:


Two writers fight over who wrote the less trite recap of the re-election of Justin Trudeau. John Ivison’s feature for Postmedia emphasized the role that Barack Obama’s endorsement played in the federal election results. It led Althia Raj to accuse Ivison of lifting material she recently used for HuffPost, which drew from similar sources.


OK boomers no longer lonely

“Karen” has emerged as the preferred post-millennial pejorative for Generation X, whose members could only dream of being unscathed by the demographic meme war. Toronto-based BuzzFeed News reporter Lauren Strapagiel is suddenly the Douglas Coupland of this new categorization, which doesn’t even require you to read a book: