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Weekend Newsstand: January 11, 2014

What a great Saturday: warmer weather, which means having fun outside but also a possibility of flooding. Winter sure is the best. In the news today: Dean Blundell has some thoughts to share on why Dean Blundell was fired from his public speaking job, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority is in a bit of trouble, H1N1 flu cases in North York, and a Globe and Mail competition to redesign Toronto's logo.

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Breaking: white guy has valuable input to share on why he got fired from a job for talking too much. That’s today’s Dean Blundell headline; Blundell, who was recently fired from his morning radio show on 102.1 The Edge for making homophobic jokes about the participants in a criminal trial, wants everyone to know that despite the jokes he made he is “unequivocally” not homophobic. Apparently unfamiliar with how prejudice works, Blundell listed some good things he has done for the LGBT community and seemed to assume that this would absolve him of any wrongdoing. Or, sorry, any perceived wrongdoing. You know, from the left-wing, PC-police media. The man asked to stop speaking in public for money promised that he would have more thoughts to share on his firing, so stay tuned.

The recent weather fluctuations, specifically the significant cold snap, have shed light on how the Greater Toronto Airport Authority is managed and how that may have contributed to poor management of the crisis. While Toronto experienced unusually cold temperatures, flights were delayed or cancelled and thousands of travellers were stranded in Pearson International, Canada’s busiest airport. The GTAA board of directors can unilaterally hire 12 of the 15 members of the board, creating a situation where there is little to no accountability or feedback from outside the organization. The provincial and federal governments can appoint three board members together, but those appointments must be approved by the board. Customers complained of poor service and assistance in finding out when they would be able to leave the airport, among other things.

One unit of North York General Hospital is now dedicated to the five patients there who are dealing with the H1N1 flu virus. The five cases are mild and the patients appear to be in recovery, but the unit was isolated to stop the spread of the illness.

Finally, take a look at eight logos for Toronto the Globe and Mail commissioned. It was just a competition by the paper to see what people would come up with, and won’t be replacing the current logo, but some of these are pretty good.


  • selonmoi

    From the Blundell article:

    “I did not discriminate on my show. I made fun of everything and
    everyone, and was encouraged to do so with the brand of entertainment we
    were employed to deliver.”

    Mr. Blundell would like everyone to know that when he repeatedly joked about how pleased gay men would be to be raped, it wasn’t because he’s homophobic. He makes fun of everything and everyone. So, of course, he would also joke about how awesome it is for straight men to be raped, and how awesome it is for women to be raped.

    In short, Mr. Blundell would like to make clear that he was not fired specifically for being homophobic, but simply for being an awful, awful human being.

  • VictorianShuter

    Ignoring the more tongue-in-cheek designs, I don’t think any the more serious entries are any good. Most are too detailed to succeed at a reduced scale on a letterhead. And Ruivo’s looks like it was designed by Google!

    • dsmithhfx

      They’re all incredibly boring and generic. Maybe a city didn’t need a logo.

  • The Man With No Name

    What does Blundell’s skin colour or gender have to do with his comments on why he got fired? I doubt the Torontoist would begin an article with “Black guy has valuable input to share on why he got imprisoned for killing someone.”

    He’s a boor and not funny, but certainly he has the right to offer an opinion.

    • Squintz

      I don’t know if you’ve heard of white privilege…

    • HotDang

      The basic idea is that if you are in a social group that enjoys historical precedent of being treated better, you will have certain advantages built-in to your life, and you may not even notice that you take advantage of them. You may not be misogynistic, racist, or homophobic, but by taking advantage of the difference in treatment you perpetuate the problem.

      Blundell is taking advantage of this while also making crude jokes about it.

      The “white” thing is generally used as a catch-all category meaning straight, white, male, and not poor. It’s not a great term because if you read it on the surface it seems like you are blaming the person for the colour of their skin, but it’s a shorthand for the wider argument.

      • The Man With No Name

        There are plenty of non-white, non-male comedians who make the same kind of jokes, yet details of their cultural background, skin colour, or gender are not mentioned. I like to think that’s because it’s irrelevant.

        His gender and skin colour has absolutely nothing to do with his juvenile, ignorant sense of humour. I’m glad he’s not on the radio any more, but bringing his skin colour, gender, or sexuality into the criticism is just another example of bigotry and has no place in an article that proposes to be against bigotry.

  • nevilleross

    The last logo is okay.