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Newsstand: November 20, 2013

Only three more sleeps 'til the 50th anniversary Doctor Who special. Allons-y, Alonso! In the news: the Ford brothers' new television show gets axed, more media outlets are calling the mayor on his bogus claims, a breakdown of who has joined Norm Kelly's office, contaminated soil at Central Tech, a trapped construction worker will be okay, and overcrowding in Toronto schools.

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Clone High, Freaks and Geeks, My So-Called Life, Pushing Daisies… it’s the beginning of a list of amazing television shows, each of which met with unceremoniously abrupt cancellation. It’s a list that will never include Ford Nation, even though Sun News Network’s utterly dismal attempt to claw for ratings by using Mayor Rob Ford and his perpetual shadow brother Councillor Doug Ford was cancelled promptly after one episode. While vice president of Sun News, Kory Teneycke, noted that “It’s by far the most successful thing, from an audience perspective, the network has ever done,” the fact that the show seems to have taken five hours to record and another eight to edit apparently made it not the most economical venture.

Could it be that more journalists have begun to reject the stock lines Mayor Ford has used during his recent media blitz to prop up his track record of saving taxpayers a squillion bajillion dollars? While other media outlets have been poking holes in the bogusness of his media claims for a while —ahem, ahemCBC News has finally joined in on the fact-checking fun. A day after the Ford brothers’ sit-down interview with Peter Mansbridge, reporter Steven D’Souza filed a story pointing out inconsistencies in the mayor’s famous billion-dollar savings claim. A politician who lies? Perish the thought!

Either way, as we said yesterday, the transfer of staff from Mayor Ford’s office into the custodial hands of Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly is already underway. There is now a full breakdown available of who has jumped ship, and who remains at the mayor’s side. On a side note—does Deputy Mayor Kelly remind anyone else of Joe Biden?

Moving right along, the Toronto Star reports that soil samples taken near Central Tech Collegiate reveal the presence of carcinogenic contaminants. The Toronto District School Board has now fenced off the school’s football field, located near Harbord Street and Bathurst Street.

A Toronto construction worker who was pinned against a building and buried up to his shoulder is expected to make a full recovery after Toronto firefighters and Emergency Medical Services rushed to the Bayview Avenue and Blythwood Road area construction site to free him. Looks like there are a ton of lucky stars out there that need to be thanked.

Finally, the condo boom around Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue has had the unintended consequence of pushing area public schools well past their student capacities. Over 400 students living in the area have been shut out of local McKee Public School—families who live within walking distance of the school are being forced to bus children to schools 30 minutes away. This overcrowding is largely due to lack of communication between the City and school officials, according to a trustee of the Toronto District School Board. Well, that explanation is totally reassuring.

CORRECTION: November 20, 2013, 8:50 AM This post originally stated that no reason had been given for the cancellation of the Ford Nation television show. It has been confirmed, though, that the show was cancelled because the five hours it took to record and the eight hours it took to edit created concerns about cost.


  • James D Paterson

    “The vice president of Sun News, Kory Teneycke, did not specify why Mayor Ford’s televised sermon of truthiness had been cancelled.”

    Yes he did. In this morning’s Metro, there was an article that stated the time spent filming, and then editing (something like eight hours total), was not “financially viable” for Sun News. I’m not sure which source Metro pulled it from, but it was on one of the first few pages.

    • TorontoistCopyEditors

      You’re absolutely right! We’ve now updated the post.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      This sounds pretty flimsy to me. I’d expect the first episode of a new show, launched with just a few days notice (and starring two uncharismatic oafs), to have a rocky start. If production issues couldn’t be ironed out after a few episodes, cancel it. No, I’m thinking Sun went into this knowing they’d probably cancel it quickly but hope to get some awareness and credibility (“they cancelled Ford Nation, they can’t be all that bad”) for their terrible network.

      • HotDang

        Doesn’t hurt that big advertisers saw it as toxic either.

  • tomwest

    The fencing off the soil because it contains some carciogenic material seems extreme to me. I assume the students aren’t eating it (and if they are, they’re probably far more liekly to die of an infection than cancer…)