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Kim Campbell says it’s ‘demeaning’ when female news anchors wear sleeveless dresses

The Canadian Press, News Staff | posted Wednesday, Feb 14th, 2018

Kim Campbell is admonishing female news anchors who wear sleeveless dresses on the air, calling the bare-armed attire “demeaning.”

 

The former prime minister tweeted her displeasure with the fashion choice on Tuesday morning by saying “bare arms undermine credibility and gravitas.”

She faced quick criticism and one tweeter pointed out that former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama frequently wore sleeveless dresses.

Campbell replied that she was specifically referring to female broadcasters.

She pointed to an essay by U.S. speaking coach Nick Morgan for back-up, who asserts in a blog post that “if you show up in front of us with skin exposed, we’re going to think about your body.”

He also takes issue with men who wear an “expensive, cool-looking casual T-shirt” for an important speech.

On her verified Twitter account, Campbell said: “I am struck by how many women on television news wear sleeveless dresses — often when sitting with suited men.”

“I have always felt it was demeaning to the women and (Morgan’s blog post) suggests that I am right. Bare arms undermine credibility and gravitas!”

Her position elicited dozens of replies, most of them in protest.

“Please be joking, Kim,” tweeted one user.

CityNews’ Ginella Massa has drawn worldwide attention, not for what she’s bared, but what’s covered. She became Canada’s first hijab-wearing television news reporter in January 2015.

Massa defended a woman’s right to dress however they feel comfortable, tweeting: “I don’t care if her arms are covered or not – I care if she’s a good journalist…”

Another pointed out that Canada’s first and only female prime minister — who was in office from June 25, 1993 to Oct. 24, 1993 — once bared her shoulders for a provocative black and white photo in 1993 in which she held up a suit of lawyer’s robes in front of her body, as if naked.

Again, Campbell replied she wasn’t presenting the news at the time.

“Photo was art — juxtaposition of bare shoulders (femininity) and legal robes — (male dominated power structure),” she tweeted.

The controversy harkens back to a similar uproar over female attire on the now-defunct Sun News Network.

That flap erupted soon after the right-wing all-news network debuted in April 2011, with National Post columnist Tasha Kheiriddin deriding the network’s female journalists for dressing like cocktail hostesses in “low cut, sleeveless” attire.

At the time, Luiza Ch. Savage of Maclean’s magazine also called the all-news network “Skank TV” in a tweet that was eventually retracted.

Toronto firefighter who went missing in Lake Placid found safe in California

Daniela Germano, The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Feb 14th, 2018

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A Toronto firefighter who was the subject of an extensive six-day search at a New York ski centre has been found safe in California, leaving officials puzzled as to how the 49-year-old managed to get across the country.

 

Constantinos (Danny) Filippidis was reported missing last Wednesday at Whiteface Mountain during an annual ski trip with colleagues. Officials say more than 140 people spent a combined 7,000 hours searching the rugged mountain terrain, calling in helicopters and search dogs to assist.

The multi-agency search included members of the U.S. Department of Environmental Conservation, New York state police, Homeland Security, U.S. boarder officials and volunteer Toronto firefighters.

The search was called off Tuesday afternoon when Filippidis was located near Sacramento, Calif.

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Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said the service was relieved to know Filippidis was safe, and in the care of police in Sacramento.

Filippidis has been taken to hospital as he appeared to be “confused and was unable to give direct answers,” Frank Ramagnano, president of the Toronto Professional Firefighters’ Association, told reporters at a news conference Tuesday evening.

“He had phoned (his wife) and called her by a nickname, she quickly recognized the voice and that it was him,” Ramagnano said. “Then they lost contact and he contacted her again and they kept him on the phone and asked him to call 911 to get him help as soon as possible.”

Filippidis was alone when he was found and was still wearing the clothing he had been skiing in when he went missing, Ramagnano said, adding that he didn’t know if Filippidis has a history of mental illness.

“We understand that there will be speculation and many questions at this time, however, please appreciate that authorities will be conducting a full and thorough investigation into what transpired,” Ramagnano said.

He said Filippidis was last seen by one of his colleagues on the ski hill at about 2:30 p.m. last Wednesday.

“The person who was skiing with him was feeling fatigued, he wanted to take a rest, he didn’t want to ski anymore,” Ramagnano said. “Danny stayed because he wanted to do one more run.”

He added that American authorities were in possession of the man’s passport, so it was unlikely he flew to California.

Filippidis remains in hospital and his family and colleagues are relieved he was found alive, Ramagnano said.

“We were quite concerned, and I had discussions with some of our peer support people on exactly what we could do for our members who were skiing with him,” Ramagnano said. “You could imagine the guilt they would have if this turned out to be a tragic event.”

With files from Michelle McQuigge

Kim Boutin threatened on social media after bronze-medal win

The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Feb 14th, 2018

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Short-track speedskater Kim Boutin shut down all her social media accounts Wednesday after hundreds of angry tweets were directed at her by irate South Koreans in the wake of her controversial bronze-medal win in the 500-metre race at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Boutin finished fourth, but was promoted to third when South Korea’s Minjeong Choi was disqualified for interfering with the Canadian. Angry fans, mainly from South Korea, tweeted animated gifs or still images from the race, claiming that Boutin had pushed Choi.

“Congratulations on a dirty medal,” one message said.

“You had been teaching Kim Boutin how to cheat, Canada!!” said another on Twitter.

Boutin, from Sherbrooke, Que., closed her social media accounts and the RCMP, the IOC and Speed Skating Canada began investigations.

“The health, safety and security of all our team members is our top priority and as such we are working closely with Speed Skating Canada, our security personnel and the RCMP,” said a statement from the Canadian Olympic Committee. “We will not make further comment on this issue, so that Kim can focus on her upcoming events.”

The subject was also raised later in the day at the International Olympic Committee’s media briefing.

“Clearly what we want is for great performances to be applauded and that’s what the Olympic Games is about,” said IOC spokesperson Mark Adams. “We’re not in control, nor should we be, of social media and unfortunately these incidents do come up from time to time. It’s regrettable.

“I haven’t seen the comments but I can imagine. We’ve had it, as I say, in previous Games. All we can do is say let’s concentrate on what was a great performance and congratulations by the way to Canada for the bronze medal. I was there last night and it was pretty amazing.”

In figure skating, Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford were third in the pairs event after the short program.

The two-time world champions, who will retire after the Olympics, scored 76.82 points for their skate to April Meservy’s cover of U2’s hit song “With or Without You.”

China’s reigning world champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong scored 82.39 points for the flawless skate to Canadian k.d. lang’s version of “Hallelujah.”

Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, representing Olympic Athletes from Russia, were the last team to go, bumping Duhamel and Radford down to third with an 81.68-point performance.

Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot were fourth with 76.59 points.

Canada’s other pairs duos also qualified for the free skate. Julianne Seguin and Charlie Bilodeau were 12th with 67.52 points. Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro were 13th with 65.68.

The men’s curling tournament began on Wednesday with Calgary’s Kevin Koe leading Canada to a 5-3 win over Italy in the first draw.

Canada scored a deuce in the eighth end to break a 2-2 tie but the Italians came right back with a double takeout to earn a single in the ninth. Holding hammer in the 10th, Koe earned an easy point with his final stone for the game’s decisive score.

The Canadians will play Britain in the day’s second draw.

The top four teams in the 10-nation round robin advance to the semifinals.

Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur to appear in court Wednesday

The Canadian Press and News Staff | posted Wednesday, Feb 14th, 2018

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Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur will appear in a Toronto court by video on Wednesday morning.

McArthur is facing five first-degree murder charges related to the disappearances of men who are all believed to have had ties to the LGBTQ community.

Investigators have said they expect to lay more charges against the 66-year-old in the coming days.

Police say they’ve recovered the dismembered remains of six individuals from large planters at a home on Mallory Crescent where McArthur rented storage space and worked as a landscaper.

Toronto police have so far only identified one of the sets of remains — those of Andrew Kinsman.

On Tuesday, police wrapped up the excavation of the property where the remains were found and announced that they had not found any more.

However, that doesn’t mean the investigation at Mallory Crescent is over. Heavy construction equipment was brought in on Tuesday to dig up the main drain connected to the home.

Last month, McArthur was charged with 49-year-old Kinsman’s death, as well as the presumed death of 44-year-old Selim Esen. Both men went missing from Toronto’s gay village in 2017.

Police laid three more first-degree murder charges against McArthur about two weeks later, related to the disappearances of Majeed Kayhan, 58, and Soroush Mahmudi, 50, as well as the death of Dean Lisowick, either 43 or 44, who had never been reported missing.

Det.-Sgt. Hank Idsinga said Tuesday that the investigation will concentrate on evidence gathered so far before focusing on the 30 other properties identified as places of interest.

Blue Jays broadcaster Jerry Howarth retires after 36 seasons

Sportsnet Staff | posted Tuesday, Feb 13th, 2018

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Sportsnet’s Jerry Howarth has announced his retirement, closing out a remarkable 36-year career as the radio broadcaster of the Toronto Blue Jays. With health issues affecting his voice in recent years, Howarth’s personal decision to retire takes effect immediately.

“I had every intention of continuing my career into the 2018 season but my health and stamina and continuing voice issues dictated otherwise,” said Howarth. “Who knew that I would spend more than half my life in Toronto with my wife, Mary, and our two sons, Ben and Joe, doing what I love to do most, reaching out to friends and fans alike across our great country to talk baseball? I am blessed and I am grateful. I thank everyone who has made this journey of mine so rewarding in every way.”

Born in York, Pennsylvania and raised in San Francisco, Howarth launched his career with the Tacoma Twins of the Pacific Coast League in 1974. He joined the Blue Jays in 1981 and has called Toronto home ever since, becoming a Canadian citizen in the process.

“Jerry is an absolute legend in this industry,” said Scott Moore, president, Sportsnet and NHL properties. “He’s been a dedicated and consummate professional covering the Blue Jays for more than three decades. His longevity is exceptional and it speaks to not only his talent as a broadcaster, but also his incredible passion for baseball. He is beloved by Blue Jays fans across the country and has left an indelible impression on us all.”

Over his four-plus decades in the industry, Howarth has broadcast upwards of 7,500 ballgames, calling every major milestone for the Blue Jays including six division titles and two World Series championships.

“He’s been there for every home run, strike out, and flip of the bat that has mattered most to Blue Jays fans,” said Dave Cadeau, national format director, sports, Rogers Radio. “He’s as knowledgeable a baseball mind as you can find, and an even better storyteller. It’s been a privilege to work with Jerry over the years.”

In 2012, Howarth was honoured by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame with the Jack Graney Award for lifetime contributions to baseball in Canada. He was also awarded the Sports Media Canada award for achievement in broadcasting both in 2003, with then broadcast partner Tom Cheek, and again individually in 2016.

Canada defeats Switzerland to win gold in mixed doubles curling

The Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Feb 13th, 2018

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The first Olympic gold medal in mixed doubles curling goes to Canada.

Canada’s John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes beat defending world champions Jenny Perret and Martin Rios of Switzerland 10-3 in the gold-medal game.

Ottawa’s Morris and Winnipeg’s Lawes claimed the second Olympic gold medals of their careers and Canada’s third of the Pyeongchang Games.

Lawes was third for the Jennifer Jones team that won women’s team gold in 2014. Morris was vice for Kevin Martin when they took the men’s team title in 2010.

Mixed doubles curling made its Olympic debut in Pyeongchang.

After trading deuces with the Swiss in the first two ends, the Canadians scored a pivotal four in the third to lead 6-2.

LCBO chooses Shopify to run online cannabis sales

The Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Feb 13th, 2018

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The Ontario government has inked a deal to use Shopify Inc.’s e-commerce platform for cannabis sales online and in stores as part of its plan to be the province’s sole distributor of legal recreational marijuana.

The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC), a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, will use the Ottawa-based company’s online store software for its online and mobile sales portal.

“Our top priority is fulfilling the province’s framework for the safe and sensible retailing of recreational cannabis for when it is legalized by the federal government,” said George Soleas, president and CEO of the LCBO.

“We look forward to combining our expertise as a socially responsible retailer with Shopify’s world-class commerce solutions to deliver the safe, informed and reliable shopping experience that our new customers will expect.”

Shopify’s technology will also be used inside brick-and-mortar stores to process transactions on iPads and for digital screens displaying product and health information.

The OCRC said Ontarians will have access to the same product information, usage guidelines and social responsibility information — which adhere to federal marketing provisions — both in-store and online.

The public consultation for Health Canada’s proposed guidelines for cannabis regulation — which include limits on branding elements on packaging, as well as restrictions on marketing similar to tobacco — finished on Jan. 20, with a finalized version yet to be delivered.

The agency selected the tech darling to provide point-of-sale systems for in-store and online sales in late 2017.

“Bringing this differentiator to the LCBO on this historic project to consumers of legal age across Ontario, is a great example of a made-in-Canada innovation, which we are proud to be a part of,” said Loren Padelford, vice-president of Shopify Plus, the division that focuses on big clients.

Shares of Shopify in Toronto rose more than 7 per cent to close at $161.05 on Monday.

The OCRC is in the process of determining the design for the user experience, with the aim of having operations installed in time for the proposed federal marijuana legalization launch in July 2018, the agency said.

In addition to online sales, Ontario will roll out an initial wave of 40 stores which are expected to grow in number to 150 by the end of 2020

The government agency will also use Shopify’s platform to manage inventory, accounting and human resources operations.
Sales of the drug in Ontario will only be available through government-run online or in standalone stores, while some other provinces such as Alberta and British Columbia are allowing for some private sales of cannabis.

Canada’s Eric Radford, USA’s Adam Rippon make important Olympic history

Emily Sadler, Sportsnet | posted Tuesday, Feb 13th, 2018

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The sporting world witnessed an important piece of history on Day 3 of the 2018 Olympic Games when Canadian figure skater Eric Radford became the first openly gay male athlete to win Olympic Winter gold.

He and his pairs skating partner, Meagan Duhamel, helped Canada earn top honours in the team figure skating event.

Radford officially came out in an article in Outsports Magazine in December 2014, almost a year after helping Canada earn Olympic silver in the same event in Sochi.

The 33-year-old reflected on that time in an exclusive article written for Sportsnet last month.

“I had never felt compelled to talk about my sexuality before because I believed it was a non-issue,” Radford wrote.

“But I put myself in the position of a young kid, who might be afraid to follow their own dream. Or maybe they just want to get out of their own small town and do something in the world,” continued Radford, who skates with Sudbury’s Duhamel. “If that young kid was able to see someone on TV — someone similar to myself, who was openly gay and winning medals — then maybe that would give them the confidence to feel it was truly possible for them.”

Radford shared the podium with American skater Adam Rippon, who became the first openly gay male American athlete to medal in the Winter Olympics.

Rippon helped the U.S. to team figure skating bronze with a near-flawless performance, and won over the entire Internet in the process thanks to his skill, his story, and his refreshingly honest tweets and interviews.

Radford and Duhamel will hit the ice again in the short program, which will begin Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. ET.

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