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Extra, Extra: Horses in Hotels, Reporters Out of Work, and Black Friday in Canada

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.

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  • So today some fans and officials with the Calgary Stampeders (that’s the football team that will be opposing the Toronto Argonauts in the Grey Cup) tried to bring a horse named Marty into the Royal York Hotel. Apparently this is just something Calgarians do when their team is in a Grey Cup. It’s just not a ball game without a little horse shit on an expensive carpet somewhere. First the hotel refused the horse, then it allowed the horse inside, and then the horse signed the guestbook. Crisis averted.
  • Rob Granatstein, a former Toronto Sun editor, argues that recent cutbacks at the newspaper’s parent company are a bad thing for local journalism, particularly in Toronto. There are many who wouldn’t shed a tear if the Sun were to publish its last issue tomorrow, but the man has a point: one less paper is one less paper, and every out-of-work reporter is a new communications manager in the making. Lord knows we have enough of those already.
  • Eddie Izzard played a low-key show at Comedy Bar last night, and apparently it was pretty good.
  • Why is Canada so obsessed with Black Friday, and how many Wal-Mart trampling deaths will it take for us all to be satisfied with deals you don’t need to wake up at 3 a.m. to get?

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  • Anonymous

    I know Black Friday has been a huge thing in the US forever, but it really seems retailers are really pushing it (the name, that is) this year.

    • Anonymous

      It’s a fake out, just like boxing day a few loss leaders, then the rest is junk brought in for the sale. Saw dozens of signs the say to the effect 50% of already reduced items, selected items only. Always surprised with the Buy cheap for the sake of buying cheap.

    • chemical_echo

      Pushing the name, but not the deals.
      Canadian retailers need to start giving better deals if they really want to keep shoppers on this side of the border.

  • Kevo

    The horse in the Royal York thing was started back in the 70s or 80s when a Calgary fan (who ended up becoming mayor later on) brought a horse into the Royal York when the Grey Cup was in TO.

    • Kevo

      Correction: 1948, i was way off lol

  • Anonymous

    Steve – being one of those communications managers whose job it is to assist reporters when asked, among many other duties, I can tell you that journalism doesn’t automatically qualify one for the world of corporate communications.

    • Anonymous

      I’m sure it doesn’t, but it seems as though there’s an awful lot of cross-pollination between the two fields.

      I guess this is where I sheepishly say something like, “but you’re one of the good ones.”