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Lisa LaFlamme’s ousting has nothing to do with age, gender or grey hair: Bell Media head – Global News

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The decision to end Lisa LaFlamme’s contract with CTV National News had nothing to do with her age, gender or grey hair, the head of Bell Media’s parent company said.

“The narrative has been that Lisa’s age, gender or grey hair played into the decision,” Mirko Bibic, president and CEO of BCE Inc. & Bell Canada, wrote in a LinkedIn post.

“I am satisfied that this is not the case and wanted to make sure you heard it from me.”

Instead, removing the longtime anchor reflects massive changes to traditional broadcasting in Canada, he said.

“The days when viewers wait until 11 p.m. to get their news are gone,” Bibic said. “While some may resist change, it is necessary and we need to confront this … Bell Media needs to provide our journalists with the resources they need on all platforms where news is consumed.”

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LaFlamme ouster: Open letter to Bell outlines sexism, ageism faced by women at work

His post caps a week of growing fallout from LaFlamme’s departure that saw Bell Media vice-president of news Michael Melling take a leave from his job as of Friday.

Melling has been the subject of “various allegations” and is on leave pending the outcome of a workplace review, Bibic said.

“To address concerns raised regarding the working environment in the newsroom we have begun an independent review involving confidential interviews with all newsroom employees who choose to participate,” he said.

“Any necessary changes that become evident will be implemented swiftly to ensure a respectful, unified workplace.”

Meanwhile, a long list of high-profile Canadian artists, politicians, business leaders and philanthropists issued an open letter on Saturday condemning LaFlamme’s abrupt dismissal.

The letter, which appeared over two pages in the Globe and Mail’s weekend edition, said LaFlamme was an award-winning ratings leader for the company “until one thing changed: the colour of her hair.”

“In making their ‘business decision,’ Bell confirmed one sad truth: even after all the progress women have made, they continue to face sexism and ageism at work everyday in a way which is unacceptable,” said the letter addressed to the board of directors and management of BCE and Bell Canada.


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Bibic said he would like to say more on the Bell Media decision to end LaFlamme’s contract but is “bound by a mutual separation agreement negotiated with Lisa, which we will continue to honour.”

The controversy raised questions among media observers about whether sexism and ageism played a role in the newsroom shakeup, and has sparked a reckoning of the ongoing gender discrimination women face in the workplace.

LaFlamme, who has covered stories ranging from wars and natural disasters to elections and the Olympics, announced in an Aug. 15 video shared to social media that her contract had been terminated.

The longtime CTV National News anchor said she was blindsided by the company’s decision.

Bell Media said terminating LaFlamme’s contract after 35 years was a business decision, adding the company wanted to move the chief news anchor role in a “different direction.” Omar Sachedina has been tapped to take over the position.

LaFlamme has garnered strong social media support since announcing her departure. Brands such as Wendy’s, Dove and Sports Illustrated have all publicly backed the 58-year-old journalist, who has been open about not dyeing her grey hair.

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LETTER: Hughes has shown 'disregard' for residents, media – OrilliaMatters

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OrilliaMatters welcomes letters to the editor at dave@orilliamatters.com. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication).
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Attacking the media is a strategy long used by the PC party and it seems that tactic has now filtered down into municipal politics.

Was OrilliaMatters deserving of the attempt by Mayor Harry Hughes to smear them during the Oro-Medonte meet-the-mayoral-candidates event on Wednesday night?

In his off-topic response to a question put to both he and the mayoral challenger Randy Greenlaw by the moderator of the chamber of commerce event, Hughes alleged that there was some kind of collusion between the authors of letters to the editor and OrilliaMatters to undermine the township’s current council.

Both Mayor Hughes and Deputy Mayor Ralph Hough have legitimately complained in OrilliaMatters articles about fictitious writers who post vexatious and malicious comments on social media. Definitely a challenge to ignore this content unless, as you can with your television, you turn it off.

But Hough more recently attacked resident writers who do identify themselves for providing incomplete and misleading information in their letters to the editor, in spite of the writers’ intention of providing enlightenment on certain issues.

In their exuberance to defend themselves, and in their official capacity as municipal government representatives, Hughes and Hough seem to have overlooked the fact that this is a democratic country and citizens have the right to express our opinions openly and freely without fear of reprisal, especially by our government, and at any level. There are exceptions, however, when the messages are considered defamatory, hateful or discriminatory towards an individual or a group.

It is one matter to ask for better media coverage of your side of things, but media is in no way obligated to publish spin for one party over another in a controversy. In fairness to its readers, OrilliaMatters attempts to provide the truth from both sides of an issue, and if one politician is less truthful than another and is covered honestly, that politician might feel that the media is biased and declare it an enemy.

All journalists can really do in that case is avoid unnecessary fights, and continue to provide balanced truth to their readers. The general lack of transparency in this government is a real issue. In his outburst and to the amazement of the audience at the meeting, Mayor Hughes showed a disregard for the fundamental right of residents to free speech and the importance of a free press to a functioning democracy.

Allan Baker
Oro-Medonte

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Brock Media Clips for Friday, Sept. 30 – The Brock News – Brock University

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Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.

Hearts of hope to be on display at Brock University for National Day of Truth and Reconciliation: Hadiya’dagénhahs First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Centre Peer Assistant Kaitlyn Austin and Student Advisor Brendan Burke spoke to the St. Catharines Standard about a display of heart-shaped messages for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to remember those who suffered in residential schools as well as through other forms of colonial violence. Hadiya’dagénhahs Director Cindy Biancaniello also spoke about the University’s observation of the day with Insauga.

Ontario made $520M from pot last year. So why do retailers say they’re struggling?: Associate Professor of Operations Research Michael Armstrong spoke to CBC, MJ Biz Daily and several CBC radio stations about a review of legal cannabis pricing taking place in Ontario. Armstrong also appeared on CBC’s Alberta at Noon podcast to discuss the health and social implications of legal cannabis.

New nursing lab at Brock: Nursing Department Chair and Associate Professor Karyn Taplay spoke with CHML 900 about a new simulation lab at the University that will help to train future nurses.

Election field not reflective of changing Fort Erie: Associate Professor of Political Science Livianna Tossutti spoke to the St. Catharines Standard about several factors that can lead to a lack of diversity among candidates running in municipal elections.

Hockey Alberta creating board to oversee abuse and mistreatment cases: Assistant Professor of Sport Management Ryan Clutterbuck spoke to the Calgary Sun about Hockey Alberta’s decision to create a board of volunteers to oversee maltreatment allegations involving discrimination.

Brock Homecoming traditions return: The resumption of Brock’s Steel Blade Classic hockey game and Grape Stomp Homecoming events were featured in separate articles from the St. Catharines Standard.

If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at universitycom@brocku.ca


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