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Extra, Extra: Continued Ford Backlash, Bell Media Job Cuts, and Bee Hotels

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

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  • Today, city council voted 37-1 to assist gay homeless youth. The single vote against came from Mayor Rob Ford. “Ford voted no to a LGBTQ youth shelter,” Olivia Chow tweeted. “In a world free of homophobia we wouldn’t need one. It’s a world he refuses to help create.” John Tory also commented via Twitter: “Blocking LGBTQ youth shelter at council, refusing to congratulate #WorldPride are more examples of Ford’s inability to lead. Period.” And colleague Kristyn Wong-Tam said simply, “The mayor is homophobic.”
  • Television viewers might soon have the option to watch a one-hour cable series starring Alec Baldwin as a “Rob Ford–like mayor of New York City.” No mention is made of whether it would be a comedy, or a dramedy, or a drama, or a tragedy—or whatever’s worse and more depressing than that last one.
  • In June, Bell Media announced it would be cutting as many as 120 jobs in its television operations, and now, the cutting has begun: 91 people from channels including CTV, MuchMusic, M3, Space, MTV, Space, and E! have lost their jobs.
  • Some bees do not live in a hive with other bees but instead fly about pollinating alone. And while these lone bees might well be perfectly content without bee comrades, they do appreciate being provided with a place to rest—which is why a Toronto company has devised DIY “bee hotels” that will allow you to put these solitary helpers up in your own backyard.

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  • CynthiaC.M.

    Would Alec have to gain like 200 lb? LOL

    • Notcleverguy

      Things look different on film, they’ll just tape a bunch of cats together.

      • Sideshow Bob

        I’m convinced there’s a Simpsons reference for just about everything :D

  • tyrannosaurus_rek


  • VictorianShuter

    So Baldwin’s profanity-spewing altercations with photographers was just ‘research’?

  • ghawk99

    I notice a lot of the CTV job cuts are coming from MTV and Much. I guess you don’t really need staff if the channel just acts as a second-rate repeater of shows from the CW with the occasional show about idiot pregnant teenagers thrown in.

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    “No mention is made of whether it would be a comedy, or a dramedy, or a drama, or a tragedy—or whatever’s worse and more depressing than that last one.”

    What’s more depressing is the reality: Toronto actually has a bonafide Rob Ford-like Mayor named Rob Ford. Oh well, just over 100 days until we kick his sorry butt out of office.

  • SonuvaScrimbro

    Sorry to hear about those people losing their jobs, but it was only a matter of time — channels targeting younger viewers can’t be a winning proposition in a time when people (mostly tech-savvier consumers) are cutting the cable cord either because they can’t afford it or see cable for the giant ripoff that it is.

    Just the beginning, gang. Those calls and flyers from Bell are going to get a lot more desperate.