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Martha Rogers is the meanest tweeter
How to get 10K followers overnight
A flurry of 3 a.m. weekend tweets from Martha Rogers brought her family boardroom battle to a new level, as her brother kept fighting her mother for control of Rogers Communications. Edward Rogers has also now been revealed by the Toronto Star as opposed to the idea of keeping Masai Ujiri as president of the Raptors.
Toronto’s 2022 election begins
Elected office is no longer part of future plans for Toronto city councillor Joe Cressy, whose criticism of limited parental leave was followed by frustration with the distance from his family at the peak of the pandemic. Cressy’s exit after two terms means John Tory has one less potential left-leaning challenger for his probable third run.
Eric Church played for an apparently significant number of maskless country music fans in Saskatoon. Calls to cancel the Saturday night show went unheeded, as Church was among the first to cross the border for indoor arena concerts in 2021. But accompanying his visit to Saskatchewan was a concerning COVID-19 case count.
Defamation from the basement
YouTube videos claiming Erin O’Toole was looking to bring sharia law to Canada, because his Conservative leadership campaign chair Walied Soliman is Muslim, didn’t work out for Daniel Boardman. A judgment that details the defamatory broadcasts, dispatched from his parents’ basement, resulted in a $500,000 victory:
The News Forum wants the must-offer licence that couldn’t save Sun News Network. A network “where all voices matter” is hosted by right-wing talking heads, under the direction of Christian media executive Tore Stautland. Sun News lobbying led the CRTC to force TV providers to supply bandwidth for Canadian news channels.
Finally, talking cancel culture
Peter Shurman being told his services were no longer required at Global News Radio, after being hung up on amidst a contentious interview, led the former Ontario PC MPP to hit the circuit to explain what happened. Stephen LeDrew, who lost a job with CP24 after a spot with Tucker Carlson, had Shurman try to sum up what happened: