Canadian Trivia Fail! Video of the Week from Jeopardy

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The answer is Stratford. What is Stratford?

Of course, the most well-known bit of Canadian-related trivia on Jeopardy is that its host, Alex Trebek, is one of us. One wonders then if he was somewhat responsible for the events that transpired on the game show the other night, when Jeopardy decided to test the contestants knowledge of the Great White North. Unsurprisingly, it was an epic fail. After leaving the category “Canadian Cities” to the very end of Double Jeopardy, and with time still left on the clock, the trio of players had to face the inevitable, that they didn’t know Jack about Canada. Of course, I wonder how many of the questions the average Canadian would have gotten (I got three out of five), but still, it was a truly pitiful display for a show aimed towards smart people. Let’s take a look and mock, shall we? Continue reading “Canadian Trivia Fail! Video of the Week from Jeopardy”

Editorial Cartoonist Wins Journalist of the Year for Cirillo Tribute

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The day after the fatal shooting on Parliament Hill, a cartoon by Bruce MacKinnon published in the Halifax Chronicle Herald, offered a small measure of comfort. The image of the bronzed soldiers of World War I, immortalized in the National War Memorial, climbing down off their pedestal and coming to the aid of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, said so much more than words ever could. It’s rare that a political cartoon can be so sentimental in emotion, and in an act rarer still, the National Newspaper Awards named MacKinnon their Journalist of the Year for his creation. Continue reading “Editorial Cartoonist Wins Journalist of the Year for Cirillo Tribute”

A Tale of Two Mayors (in Comedies)

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Last night on The Hour Has 22 Minutes, correspondent Mark Critch came to Toronto to catch up with Mayor John Tory and indulge a pleasant day of tobogganing. (Tobogganing not being banned in Toronto as it is in other Ontario municipalities, I refer you to the previous discussion we had about it on the show.) While the entire affair was funny and enjoyable, it did get me thinking (remembering really) of the last time 22 Minutes came to Toronto to talk to the Mayor…. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Mayors (in Comedies)”

Secret of the Toronto Tunnel Solved

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Mystery solved! If only crop circles were that easy. After making an international media splash last week, the curious case of the Toronto tunnel was resolved this morning when Toronto Police announced that two unidentified men had come forward claiming responsibility for creating the 10-metre long construct for “personal reasons.” Too long; didn’t read – they were building a man-cave Continue reading “Secret of the Toronto Tunnel Solved”

10 Reasons Why Sun News Network Failed

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The untimely demise of Sun News Network Friday left about 200 media professionals out of work, which is sad considering the current sorry state of the media business. Still, if Sun News is looking for someone to blame for their fortunes, then they need only to look in a mirror. True, the lack on any desire on the part of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) to make Sun News mandatory for national cable boxes might have had something to do with it too, but for the most part, here are the 10 reasons why Sun News bombed. Continue reading “10 Reasons Why Sun News Network Failed”

Is This the End of Sun News?

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According to reports, this will not be a very happy Valentine’s Day for employees of the Sun News Network. Reports are making the rounds today that QMI, the owner of the upstart cable news channel, is unable to reach a deal with Zoomer Media for the purchase of the network, and, as consequence may force them to close down operations. The deadline for Zoomer, which is owned by former City TV patriarch Moses Znaimer, is Friday February 13, but sources are saying that the deal’s fallen through, and that pink slips may be coming for staff as early as tomorrow. Continue reading “Is This the End of Sun News?”

Global Anchor Suspended After Star Uncovers Ties to PR Firm

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Global Toronto anchor Leslie Roberts has been suspended by the network after a Toronto Star investigative report uncovered that he was part-owner of a small public relations firm with clients who appeared on Global programs. The report, which was published in The Star today, revealed that Roberts had helping clients with media training and pitches through a firm he co-owns called Buzz PR. As consequence, Global, which found out through The Star when the paper asked for comment, suspended Roberts indefinitely from his responsibilities as anchor of Global’s News Hour, co-host of the national version of The Morning Show, and as executive editor of Global News. Continue reading “Global Anchor Suspended After Star Uncovers Ties to PR Firm”