The out-of-office replies mount in the media

And who knows what will return

Rosie DiManno’s profane reaction to a memo about how fellow Toronto Star columnist Shree Paradkar will now field internal concerns about editorial-related discrimination led at least 62 colleagues to sign a letter to management, which was leaked. But their collective issues with DiManno aren’t exclusively about her reply.


Global’s got all this and more

Vice tied together recent allegations of discrimination at Corus Entertainment, which surfaced shortly before a round of layoffs at Global News, whose website pivoted to a focus on “fact-based journalism.” Global vice-president Troy Reeb further fed into the narrative by accusing Manisha Krishnan of being unethical with her reporting inquiries.


No Reasonable Grounds to Criminally Charge any Toronto Police Service Officer in Connection with the Falling Death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet.” The concluding report from the Special Investigations Unit included a timeline of events. Jagmeet Singh is among those still blaming police intervention as the reason for the tragedy.


The bubbles popped by reality

The next Toronto Raptors playoff opener has been postponed as part of the NBA wildcat strike called in response to police shootings of Black Americans. But the Blue Jays still played in Buffalo, while other MLB teams took the night off. As for the NHL, it was analyst Kelly Hrudey who drew attention for expressing sentiments on Rogers Sportsnet:


Gerry McGhee dead at 58. The rock singer who joined a Niagara Falls, Ontario, band called Heart Attack had Canadian fame after its name was changed to Brighton Rock. Brighton Rock released three albums during the era of hair bands. McGhee was more recently running Canada’s primary vinyl album plant, Precision Record Pressing.


Finally, taking care of sundown

Cathy Evelyn Smith became a newsworthy name in 1982 after telling the National Enquirer that she inadvertently killed John Belushi. Then, before being extradited from Canada to spend 15 months in prison, she wrote a memoir focused on her celebrity relationships. Smith died on August 18 at age 73, leaving quite the obituary fodder behind: