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Post Media apologizes, cancels syndicated cartoon after offensive post – APTN News

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Post Media, owners of the National Post and dozens of papers across Canada, has cancelled a syndicated cartoon after an “offensive” post was published that depicted the Lone Ranger and Tonto in a bar.

“Last Friday, an offensive cartoon appeared on the comics page of three Postmedia newspapers and online,” Phyllise Gelfand, vice president of communications for Post Media, said in an email to APTN News.

“We sincerely apologize to anyone offended by the content.”

The cartoon Closer to Home is produced by American cartoonist John McPherson.

In the cartoon, two characters – the Lone Ranger and Tonto – are in a bar. Tonto has his head on the table.

“Kemosabe! Tonto hear last call coming! Maybe eight or ten minutes away…”

The cartoon faced backlash across social media.

On Anishinaabe comedian Ryan McMahon’s Twitter page, dozens of people commented, including McMahon.

“I know newsrooms are shrinking and fewer people are responsible for turning out the paper daily, but, unless a racist robot is responsible for editorializing this section of the paper, a human decided to run that,” wrote McMahon.

“That is horribly inappropriate,” tweeted Enigma Jones, on Twitter in response to McMahon’s tweet.

“Bad judgment by Postmedia. This is something I’d expect to see in a museum exhibit about racism in popular culture I wish ended decades ago,” wrote Zial Fazel, who also follows McMahon on Twitter.

The Calgary Herald was one of the papers that published the cartoon. When asked about the cartoon, it forwarded APTN’s message to Post Media.

The newspaper made the news in 2017 for publishing a cartoon that some say trivialized reconciliation.

“City Hall, no problem. Go over Reconciliation bridge. Turn left at Apology avenue. Another left at Sorry street. Down Mea-Culpa Boulevard and you’re there,” the text from an editorial cartoon that was published in the Herald.

The cartoon was penned after Calgary city council voted to change the name of the Langevin Bridge.

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The bridge was named after Sir Hector-Louis Langevin, a father of Canada’s confederation.

Langevin played a role in establishing the residential school system that would see tens of thousands of Indigenous children taken from their parents and forced into state-run schools.

In 1883, Langevin stated that Aboriginal children must be separated from their families or “they still remain savages.”

At the time, former Calgary Herald editor Jose Rodriguez sent APTN a comment that stated in part:

“While editorial cartoons are the view of the artists and not the paper, the cartoon was seen as a comment on how many wrongs have been inflicted upon Indigenous people in our country,” said Rodriguez in the statement. “Those wrongs have resulted in a mountain of apologies.”

Cartoonist have faced judgement on their art in recent years.

In 2019, Halifax cartoonist Michael de Adder apologized for a cartoon where he depicted a tied up and gagged MP Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada’s first Indigenous justice minister, sitting in one corner of a boxing ring with Justin Trudeau in the other.

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“Keep beating her up, solicitor-client privilege has tied her hands,”  a character who appears to be Trudeau’s main adviser is telling him.

The reference was Trudeau’s reluctance to allow Wilson-Raybould to testify about the SNC-Lavalin affair. But many saw an Indigenous woman tied and gagged and drew the conclusion she was being portrayed as one of the legion of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG).

“Cartoonists sometimes have unanticipated secondary interpretations in cartoons that they don’t intend,” de Adder explained on Twitter. “I assure people who have supported over the course of my career that I’m not tone deaf to concerns about this cartoon.”

Two weeks later, Quebec artist Yannick LeMay apologized for a cartoon he wrote that showed Wilson-Raybould dressed in buckskin and wearing a feather in her hair punching Trudeau.

APTN requested comment from McPherson but didn’t receive a response.

As for Close to Home, Post Media said it’s finished with it.

“The cartoon, Close to Home, is syndicated by a third party and Postmedia has made the decision to no longer publish this cartoon,” wrote Gelfand.

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With files from Tamara Pimentel

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Public Advisory: Update on Provincial Alert Level; Minister Haggie Available to Media – News Releases – Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Based on the current epidemiology of the province, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, advises that the province will remain in the modified Alert Level 4 until at least January 24, 2022. A further assessment on the province’s Alert Level will be made at that time.

The Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services, will hold a media availability today (Monday, January 17) at 2:30 p.m. to discuss Alert Levels.

The availability will be live-streamed on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and on YouTube. All media covering the availability will join by Zoom only. To participate, please RSVP to Jillian Hood (jillianhood@gov.nl.ca) who will provide the details.

Media planning to participate must join at 2:15 (NST) to be included on the availability.

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709-729-6554, 327-7878
nancyhollett@gov.nl.ca

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Social media challenge supports late Betty White’s love for animals – Globalnews.ca

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Hollywood icon Betty White would’ve been 100 years old today.

To honour the Golden Girls star’s support for animal advocacy, people around the globe are celebrating the Betty White Challenge — recognizing what would’ve been a milestone by contributing to White’s favourite cause.

Winnipeg Humane Society CEO Jessica Miller told 680 CJOB that White’s love for animals is something that shone through in many of the tributes the late actress received in recent weeks.


Actress Betty White (L) and Delilah (R) pose during the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards 2013 held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif.


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“Loving animals is just such a sincere, true show of character, and Betty was certainly that. She was a very, very beloved advocate and animal lover,” said Miller.

“When this got brought to our attention, we thought, wow, that’s such a nice way to honour such a lovely lady. We decided we would accept donations but we wouldn’t technically ask for them.”

The challenge, spurred on by the social media hashtag #BettyWhiteChallenge, encourages fans to donate what they can to a local animal shelter on White’s birthday.

Miller said anyone wishing to donate on White’s behalf can do so online.

“We’ll see what happens throughout the day,” she said. “Whatever comes in for our animals is amazing.”


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Media Release: HPEPH confirms first case of Influenza A in the region – Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

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