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Wendy Mesley apologized for saying a word
A suspension not entirely explained
The veteran CBC News anchor issued an apology for saying the “word that should never be used” during an off-camera production meeting for her current show, The Weekly. But neither Wendy Mesley nor the CBC clarified what the word was beyond it coming up in a discussion on race, which was followed by a suspension from hosting.
Global gets a diversity probe
The announcement of a workplace diversity review at Corus Entertainment followed two Black former employees alleging discrimination: Joshua Grant’s stories were from his time working at the social media side of the company, while Ika Wong claimed systemic racism was a factor at ET Canada.
“I do not in any time accept any potential misconduct of police officers.” Public safety minister Bill Blair laid down the Liberal stance to reporters. The comments met with reminders of how the former Toronto police chief dealt with protesters during the G20 summit in 2010. Blair also dodged a question regarding street checks and carding.
Politicians run with scissors
Doug Ford’s nephew Michael announced he was the first Toronto city councillor to test positive for COVID-19, while the premier green lit a conditional Friday reopening of child-care centres. But the process that finds some parts of the province allowed some services ahead of others brought on a protest from two cottage country mayors:
The Tragically Hip is back together with their original manager. Jake Gold, who steered the band from 1986 to 2003, prior to becoming a judge on Canadian Idol, struck a new deal to supervise its brand, catalogue and intellectual property. While the Hip’s run ended with the death of Gord Downie, the manager anticipates busy years ahead.
Finally, going back to the lobby
The Vic Theatre, home of the Victoria Film Festival, appears to be the first indoor cinema in Canada set to reopen with augmented elements due to COVID-19. While the major chains are left waiting for blockbusters to return in mid-July, the Vic has loaded its schedule in for a Friday return, following weeks of distancing preparation: