Sports radio fans asking Bell, what the hell?

Joke business replacing jock talk

Bell Media pulled the plug on three low-rated TSN Radio stations in a surprise adjunct to rolling cutbacks. Hamilton immediately installed BNN Bloomberg audio; Winnipeg and Vancouver switched to a music mix until a Friday relaunch as comedy channels. Yet again, outrage circulated over the execution, which included a surreal on-air message.


The kayaker’s contradiction

Olympic gold medallist turned Liberal MP Adam van Koeverden doesn’t believe Canada should boycott the 2022 Beijing Games, while Green leader Annamie Paul thinks this country should step in with an offer to host them next winter instead. Before that is the federal matter of pandemic travel restrictions related to the Tokyo Summer Olympics.


The curious case of a violent arrest involving an employee of the CBC. CBC News reported on a viral video in which a 20-year-old man with a skateboard was pinned down by a cop in Barrie, Ontario. The story noted a CBC staffer was seen placing a hand on the man’s leg: the camera operator is a volunteer auxiliary member of the OPP.


A new view from turning 92

The announcement of a massive residential project in Toronto’s Entertainment District arrived on September 30, 2012, with the promise of design by an architect born in 1929. Eight years and multiple modifications later, Frank Gehry returned to his birthplace via Zoom to peddle the tallest towers of his career by talking about the level of humanity:


Keith Morrison secured his place as America’s true-crime podcast dad. Dateline NBC gone audio has boosted the brand into further projects, like The Thing About Pam becoming a mini-series starring Renee Zellweger. It’s led to a renaissance for the Canadian anchor, who’s getting less suspect press than stepson Matthew Perry.


Finally, the great plains begin

The Tragically Hip promised to have its intellectual property revived by reuniting with original manager Jake Gold after 17 years. The result is reflected in projects like selling Valentine’s Day merchandise. And now it extends to suing Mill Street Brewery for its 100th Meridian beer, which debuted in 2014, a year and a half before it was bought by Labatt: