Pride parade replaced with war on shame
Newsprint patriotism gets disclaimer
A reader advisory for the inclusion of a paper flag in Atlantic Canadian newspapers owned by the SaltWire Network offered something for Conservative leadership frontrunners to focus on. The pre-pandemic plan was for one candidate to have already won, then perhaps march in the Toronto Pride parade, until such events were locked down.
We works coming under fire
Justin Trudeau defended the decision, in the face of accusations of cronyism, to have the We Charity administer its new student volunteer program. The PM’s history with the organization includes five appearances at We Day while in politics, and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has been a We ambassador, We Day keynote speaker, and a We podcaster.
Conrad Black got kicked off Global News Radio. A refutation that systemic racism exists in Canada was evidently the end for weekly appearances on the Toronto talk radio station, according to a National Post column by Black. Global has recently been accused of anti-Black racism by past and present employees of Corus Entertainment.
A friendlier shuffle at the CBC
While more details have emerged about Wendy Mesley’s use of the N-word in production meetings for CBC Television’s The Weekly, the radio side of the CBC had a more cordial exit: Piya Chattopadhyay ended her show Out in the Open in preparation to take over as host of Sunday Morning. Michael Enright will return at a different hour:
“Meghan Markle and Jessica Mulroney Are Reportedly No Longer Friends.” The fallout was somehow not entirely wrung for stateside clickbait, based on a report from the U.K. Sun tabloid about how Markle didn’t reach out to Mulroney’s daughter on her recent birthday. (It’s also more entertaining than the Sussexes boycotting Facebook.)
Finally, quarter-century college
Undergrads was a 13-episode animated series created by teenage NYU dropout Pete Williams that aired in 2001 on MTV in the U.S. But because it was produced in Canada, reruns have kept rolling on Teletoon. Having moved to Toronto after his initial prodigy status faded, Williams is hoping to make a movie version happen no later than 2025: