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How Toronto’s Papers Covered a Canadian Military Scandal

Almost all of Toronto's dailies have the same thing on their front page today—with slightly different takes.

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies.

Front Page Challenge

Most of Toronto’s newspapers lead this morning with a story currently cloaked in secrecy: on Monday, an RCMP investigation of the Canadian military led to the sudden removal of the country’s second-highest ranking military officer after a discovery that “pretty high-level secret documents” have been leaked. Nothing is yet known about what these documents were or whether the leaks involved journalists, the intervention of another country, or something else…yet. On the eve of the ascension of Donald Trump to the White House and the tremendous uncertainty in the world over this geopolitical sea change, which of Toronto’s papers best capture the moment?

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Coasters Can Help Put Consent Culture on the Table, But We Need to Hold Venues Accountable

Aisle 4's coaster project is a step forward in the conversation about how bars and restaurants can do something about gender-based sexual assault

Artwork by Aisle 4's Aisha Sasha John

Artwork by Aisle 4‘s Aisha Sasha John

In my six years of bartending, no one ever told me about a protocol if I thought a guest was being harassed. I never received any training on how to identify potential sexual misconduct. And I certainly never saw a sexual harassment policy.

Well, that’s not entirely true. After I was offered a job at a high-end craft beer bar, my new boss closed with a handshake and an offhand remark: “Oh, and don’t hit on the customers to boost your tips. We’re not that kind of place.”

Thankfully, things have come a long way since I left the industry. Public awareness campaigns have garnered major media coverage as bars and clubs around the world are recognized for novel approaches to ensuring guest safety. Ask for “Angela” at the bar or order a specific drink and guests can quickly alert staff that they need some assistance—without drawing attention from the person they’re hoping to avoid.

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