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Exclusive photo’s of Jian Ghomeshi on a date!

Posted October 31, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Once again, ya saw it here first! After a great amount of trouble and expense, the Perspective Naked News staff , a branch of the Perspective Research Department, has managed to obtain this clip of Jian Ghomeshi on a recent date with one of the women now accusing him of assault. As you […]

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Art

Concept Art Writing Prompt: He Does Not Sleep

Posted October 30, 2014 by Lauren Davis

Time to get your horror ideas flowing! For Halloween week, we have a monstrous Concept Art Writing Prompt. Do you have an idea for a story inspired by this illustration? Write it up and share it here!Read more…

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Canada

The Canadian Progressive: PR Firm Navigator Dumps Jian Ghomeshi

Posted October 30, 2014 by Obert Madondo

High profile public relations firm Navigator announces it’s no longer representing beleaguered former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

The post PR Firm Navigator Dumps Jian Ghomeshi appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Journalist Tired of Unfree Press Pushing War

Posted October 30, 2014 by John Klein

A German journalist explains how the CIA misused him to manipulate people, to push war.

“Non official cover”

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Move Over Wrecking Ball, What Does Fifth Harmony Think Is The Tool of 2014?

Posted October 30, 2014 by Jessica F

Sledgehammer. It is the sledgehammer. It may be easy to forget this week that there are other pop stars in the world who aren’t Taylor Swift. But there are. And their names are Camila, Ally, Lauren, Dinah-Jane & Normani aka Fifth Harmony. They just released their latest song and it is THE JAM. And we […]

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Canadian Politics

Cowichan Conversations: Jian Ghomeshi: One woman, actor Lucy DeCoutere, alleges she was slapped and choked without her consent.

Posted October 30, 2014 by Richard Hughes

Richard Hughes-POLITICAL BLOGGER

Like so many Canadians I jumped on the bandwagon in defence of Jian Ghomeshi. It was a knee jerk reaction and my earlier comments mocking the CBC management were out of line. I apologize.

‘Q’ was one of Canadian Radio’s best and I mourn its’ passing but it is over and so is Jian.

His carefully structured Facebook disclosure was a signal that crisis management was in play. His attempts at marginalizing the women speaking out to reporters underlined a powerful, wealthy male power play, but it was too slick.

Now my concern has shifted to the (Read more…)

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Stephen Colbert celebrates Kevin Vickers: “To hell with Bruce Willis!”

Posted October 30, 2014 by mike

Seven days ago, Canadians all across the country, and world, really, joined the Kevin Vickers fan club. The Parliament’s Sergeant at Arms became an instant household name, and more importantly a hero, when he risked his life and shot the …
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OMG! Sam Smith And Ed Sheeran Together At Last!

Posted October 30, 2014 by Melody

What do you get when you combine two of your favourite British singers? A dream duet, of course! Last night, Sam Smith performed at Manchester’s Albert Hall and invited fellow British musician Ed Sheeran out to sing his hit Stay With Me with him. Needless to say, fans lost their sh*t. I mean, who wouldn’t! […]

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Is Drake Trying Too Hard To Make “The 6″ A Thing?

Posted October 30, 2014 by Melody

Months ago, Drake announced that his new album (which won’t be out till 2015) is going to be called Views From The 6. For those who were confused about the title, he clarified it on Twitter for us: “My album title is VIEWS FROM THE 6. The 6 is Toronto.” He also went on to […]

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General

Trapped in Parliament with a Gunman

Posted October 30, 2014 by Anonymous

Trapped in Parliament with a Gunman

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General

Holy EFF! All of The Expletives That Come To Mind While Watching The New OK Go Video

Posted October 30, 2014 by Jessica F

I apologize if this blog is full of spelling mistakes, typos and incomprehensible ideas. I think my brain just broke watching the new OK Go video. We all expect them to keep getting bigger and more impressive with their music videos but I have no freaking clue how they will be able to top their […]

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Games

When Jimmy Fallon Plays Water War with Jake Gyllenhaal We All Win

Posted October 30, 2014 by Allison

There are a lot of amazing games played on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, but one of our favourites has to be Water War. It’s hilarious, it’s easy to understand, and you get to see your favourite stars get uncomfortably wet. What happens when that star happens to be Jake Gyllenhaal? Christmas in October, […]

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CBC

Notes on Ghomeshi

Posted October 30, 2014 by Colby Cosh

Colby Cosh on what happened when Jian Ghomeshi ran out of options

The post Notes on Ghomeshi appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Canada

Actor first to go public in accusations against Jian Ghomeshi

Posted October 30, 2014 by The Canadian Press

“Trailer Park Boys” actor Lucy DeCoutere, the latest of eight women to accuse the radio host of abuse, said Ghomeshi choked and hit her

The post Actor first to go public in accusations against Jian Ghomeshi appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Canadian Actress Come Forward As Vicitim Of Jian Ghomeshi

Posted October 30, 2014 by Anonymous

The Jian Ghomeshi saga continues, but this time a Canadian actress has agreed to step forward and go public with her story. In an article published by The Toronto Star Wednesday evening, actress Lucy DeCoutere alleges that back in 2003, Ghomeshi […]

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General

SonReal Curated A Playlist For Us Filled With ‘Visual Realness’

Posted October 29, 2014 by Melody

SonReal has had quite the year, but he’s not done just yet. The MMVA winner for this year’s MuchFact Video of the Year has released another amazing music video today for his track, Preach. To celebrate the release of Preach, SonReal has curated a very special playlist just for us, entitled “SonReal’s Hour of Visual […]

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T-Pain’s Greatest Secret? He is an INCREDIBLE Singer

Posted October 29, 2014 by Jessica F

In honour of T-Pain stripping all of the bells and whistles off of his voice, we are going to remove all of the bells and whistles off of this blog and say:
JUST WATCH THIS.

WHERE HAS THIS BEEN? Chills I tell ya. Chills! Also, how sweet does he seem…

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Cats

Fight The Stigma! Our Favourite Amazing and Cool Cat Ladies

Posted October 29, 2014 by Jessica F

Taylor searching for more cats Today is National Cat Day! As a cat lover this makes me very excited but am I the only one that feels like it was just Cat Day? It seems like there is a Cat Day every day. Maybe that was Community Cat Day or Workplace Cat Day or Known […]

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General

Prove Your Worth With Our Super Hero News Quiz

Posted October 29, 2014 by Jessica F

The latest news from Marvel and Warner Bros. has come fast and furious over the past month. Marvel hosted a huge press conference event yesterday with Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and their latest hero Chadwick Boseman. Warner Bros. shared more details about their latest films and stars a couple of weeks ago. From casting […]

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This Woman Was Awarded $685,737 After Learning Her Boyfriend Was an Undercover Cop Sent to Spy on Her

Posted October 29, 2014 by Anonymous

This Woman Was Awarded $685,737 After Learning Her Boyfriend Was an Undercover Cop Sent to Spy on Her

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General

Calvin Harris’ New Album Is Going To Be SO. FRIGGIN’. GOOD.

Posted October 29, 2014 by Melody

It’s been two years since Calvin Harris put out his super successful album 18 Months and next week, the DJ/producer will return with a new batch of songs on Motive that’s bound to make a mark on the charts. We haven’t heard the entire album yet, but we’re willing to wager that Harris will release […]

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The Gohmeshi Saga: Stop Victimizing The Victims

Posted October 29, 2014 by Guest Author

“There’s no place for the state in the bedroom of the nation.” Pierre Elliot Trudeau is famously quoted as saying that it’s none of government’s BI business what kind of sex people enjoy and with whom they enjoy it. Somehow […]

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General

Leighton Meester Makes Your Teen Dream Soundtrack – Now On First Spin!

Posted October 29, 2014 by Jessica F

Leighton Meester has carved out a very interesting career path for herself post Gossip Girl. While starring in movies including’ this year’s Toronto International Film Festival opener The Judge, she also hit the stage in the acclaimed Broadway adaptation of Of Mice and Men with James Franco and Chris O’Dowd. Plus, she is continuing her […]

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Revisit Your Childhood Nightmares With This Disney Villain Mashup

Posted October 29, 2014 by Allison

What happens when you take one of the catchiest songs of the year and mash it up with Disney villains? Childhood nightmare flashbacks will be stuck in your head all day. Just us? YouTuber’s OhMyDisney have remixed OneRepublic’s Catching Stars to Catching Scars, which answers the question ‘who is the most evil Disney villain?’. It’s […]

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CBC

Everyone deserves their day in court, even – and especially – Jian Ghomeshi

Posted October 29, 2014 by Ted Bird

   Regardless of how you feel about Jian Ghomeshi on an emotional level, one thing is undeniable: his career and reputation are being destroyed without the benefit of due process.   Ghomeshi did himself a terrible disservice when he…

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General

Daniel Radcliffe Should Quit Acting and Just Rap

Posted October 29, 2014 by Allison

Daniel Radcliff needs to stop acting immediately and become one of the greatest rappers of all time. This is not a statement I make lightly. As a huge Dan Rad fan, I fully realize what a loss he will be to the world of acting with a career change. But some talents are just too […]

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Facebook

Man Finds Out He’s A Dad On Facebook… 2 Years Too Late

Posted October 29, 2014 by Anonymous

Look, I get it. Social media is great, especially Facebook who is like the mothership of online communication. It has connected people in unimaginable ways, but sometimes nothing beats some good ol’ face-to-face, person-to-person interaction. As this Oklahoma man might […]

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CBC

It was a beautiful funeral!

Posted October 29, 2014 by Jennifer A. Jilks

A fitting funeral for Canada’s son.
I spent some time watching the funeral for our soldier. It was stirring. Full military honours.

‘Twas interesting that CTV’s coverage, their locales and shots, were better than CBC’s. This is a sad example (below), …

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Jian Ghomeshi brings scandal to CBC

Posted October 29, 2014 by Jennifer A. Jilks

It just keep getting worse

And even more comes out, and the fact that people at CBC, and in the media, knew about him:

"DO YOU KNOW ABOUT JIAN?"
For at least half as long as I have been been alive, a string of five short words, or something very like them, slipped through the back-channels of certain social scenes. The question was whispered around wine glasses from Toronto to Vancouver

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Family

Why Aruba Is A Great Choice For Your Next Family Vacation

Posted October 29, 2014 by Guest Author

Our family loves to travel. BK (that’s before kids) my hubby and I travelled across Europe, to many exciting US cities (usually with the plan of seeing a major league baseball game) and to any sunny destination we could find. […]

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General

6 New Music Videos That You MUST Watch This Week

Posted October 28, 2014 by Melody

We know it’s only Tuesday, but there have been so many amazing music videos this week that we absolutely can’t let you continue your week of Halloween prep without watching these following six videos. Take a look below at some videos we’re currently obsessed with and tell us what music videos you can’t stop watching […]

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General

New Islamic State Video Shows Hostage John Cantlie Allegedly Reporting from the Ground in Kobane

Posted October 28, 2014 by Anonymous

New Islamic State Video Shows Hostage John Cantlie Allegedly Reporting from the Ground in Kobane

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General

Video Shows Crowd Take Down Man After Homophobic Attack at Texas Airport

Posted October 28, 2014 by Anonymous

Video Shows Crowd Take Down Man After Homophobic Attack at Texas Airport

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Canada’s New “Anti-Terrorism” Bill: Responding to the Courts, Not the Attacks

Posted October 28, 2014 by Michael Geist

The government yesterday introduced Bill C-44, the Protection of Canada from Terrorists Act. While some were expecting significant new surveillance, decreased warrant thresholds, and detention measures, this bill is a response to several court decisions, not to the attacks last week in Ottawa and Quebec. A second bill – which might use the U.K. legislative response to terror attacks as a model – is a future possibility, but policy decisions, cabinet approval, legal drafting, and constitutional reviews take time.

Bill C-44, which was to have been tabled on the day of the Ottawa attack, responds to two key issues involving CSIS, Canada’s domestic intelligence agency.  The first involves a federal court case from late last year in which Justice Richard Mosley, a federal court judge, issued a stinging rebuke to Canada’s intelligence agencies (CSEC and CSIS) and the Justice Department, ruling that they misled the court when they applied for warrants to permit the interception of electronic communications. Mosley’s concern stemmed from warrants involving two individuals that were issued in 2009 permitting the interception of communications both in Canada and abroad using Canadian equipment. At the time, the Canadian intelligence agencies did not disclose that they might ask their foreign counterparts (namely the “five eyes” partners in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and New Zealand) to intercept the foreign communications.

The post Canada’s New “Anti-Terrorism” Bill: Responding to the Courts, Not the Attacks appeared first on Michael Geist.

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Versatile Travel Style – We finally look good

Posted October 28, 2014 by Anonymous

We have a good friend in the travel world named Trish from Tripstyler. She always looks so fashionable when she travels. Dave and I on the other hand have always looked a bit frumpy and disjointed with our travel style. We pick up cheap items in Thailand: You know, the God awful Fisherman’s pants that only look good on skinny twenty somethings? Or we do a shopping spree in places like Cape Town or Brisbane to update our tattered travel [...]

Read the original post Versatile Travel Style – We finally look good on Adventure Travel blog for Couples | The Planet D.

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What’s Up With That: People Feel the Weather in Their Bones

Posted October 28, 2014 by Nick Stockton
What’s Up With That: People Feel the Weather in Their Bones

Could science have an answer for why some people seem to feel the weather in their bones?

The post What’s Up With That: People Feel the Weather in Their Bones appeared first on WIRED.



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CBC

The power of Jian

Posted October 27, 2014 by Ted Bird

   It’s a measure of how consummate a broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi is that so many people are giving him the benefit of the doubt following his dismissal from CBC – even in the wake of detailed allegations very much in line with his ow…

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Canada

What’s the real story? Jian Ghomeshi gets fired from CBC (Developing)

Posted October 26, 2014 by Jes

What’s going on with Jian Ghomeshi? That was the question across the country this morning when CBC announced that they had parted ways with the popular host of “The Q”.

Earlier this month Jian’s father passed away and on Friday Ghomeshi told his audience that he was taking some ‘much needed personal time’ away from the show…one would assume it was because of his family, but maybe not.

This morning CBC dropped the bomb – Jian was done.

“The CBC is saddened to announce its relationship with Jian Ghomeshi has come to an end. This decision was not made without serious deliberation and careful consideration. Jian has made an immense contribution to the CBC and we wish him well…Information came to our attention recently that in CBC’s judgment precludes us from continuing our relationship with Jian…Whenever a decision is made to end a relationship with an employee, terms of separation are never disclosed.”

This was all from a statement made by CBC on Sunday morning.

It was clear that Jian got fired from the show, but what did he do? Must have been something major for the network to fire him. Besides Peter Mansbridge (Mansbridge Nation represent), Jian is arguably one of the most popular people in the CBC family.

The Internet went crazy with speculation as to why. Most of the things I read leaned towards it being a sexual issue. Abuse, harassment…just being a creepy to multiple woman.

Jesse Brown, an online media critic also tweeted, “What I have learned about @jianghomeshi after months of investigation will be reported responsibly as soon as possible. Patience please.”

There was only speculation. Did he get fired? What did he do?

Then a release came out stating that Ghomeshi was suing CBC for $50 million in damages and that he would like to be reinstated.

 OK, so he got fired, but what for?

Later in the afternoon Jian released a post on Facebook that claimed he had been dismissed from the CBC after coming forward with information to his superiors that he had a kinky, consentual sex life with an ex girlfriend. And that’s why they fired him.

“I’ve been fired from the CBC because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer.” (Read the full statement after the jump).

The Internet went crazy once again. It seems the post (which was made after Ghomeshi hired a PR firm to assist in his crisis, which makes one assume that he posted it with their council) had done its job.

“Jian got fired for being kinky? Really? In 2014?” was one of many tweets made in defense of the host.

The “report” from Jesse Brown has yet to come out, and there has yet to be any word from the other side of what the full accusation is. I suggest we all put down the gasoline and step way from the CBC until we hear the other side. There’s always another one.

More to come…

From Jian Gomeshi’s Facebook page:

Dear everyone,

I am writing today because I want you to be the first to know some news.

This has been the hardest time of my life. I am reeling from the loss of my father. I am in deep personal pain and worried about my mom. And now my world has been rocked by so much more.

Today, I was fired from the CBC.

For almost 8 years I have been the host of a show I co-created on CBC called Q. It has been my pride and joy. My fantastic team on Q are super-talented and have helped build something beautiful.

I have always operated on the principle of doing my best to maintain a dignity and a commitment to openness and truth, both on and off the air. I have conducted major interviews, supported Canadian talent, and spoken out loudly in my audio essays about ideas, issues, and my love for this country. All of that is available for anyone to hear or watch. I have known, of course, that not everyone always agrees with my opinions or my style, but I’ve never been anything but honest. I have doggedly defended the CBC and embraced public broadcasting. This is a brand I’ve been honoured to help grow.

All this has now changed.

Today I was fired from the company where I’ve been working for almost 14 years – stripped from my show, barred from the building and separated from my colleagues. I was given the choice to walk away quietly and to publicly suggest that this was my decision. But I am not going to do that. Because that would be untrue. Because I’ve been fired. And because I’ve done nothing wrong.

I’ve been fired from the CBC because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer.

As friends and family of mine, you are owed the truth.

I have commenced legal proceedings against the CBC, what’s important to me is that you know what happened and why.

Forgive me if what follows may be shocking to some.

I have always been interested in a variety of activities in the bedroom but I only participate in sexual practices that are mutually agreed upon, consensual, and exciting for both partners.

About two years ago I started seeing a woman in her late 20s. Our relationship was affectionate, casual and passionate. We saw each other on and off over the period of a year and began engaging in adventurous forms of sex that included role-play, dominance and submission. We discussed our interests at length before engaging in rough sex (forms of BDSM). We talked about using safe words and regularly checked in with each other about our comfort levels. She encouraged our role-play and often was the initiator. We joked about our relations being like a mild form of Fifty Shades of Grey or a story from Lynn Coady’s Giller-Prize winning book last year. I don’t wish to get into any more detail because it is truly not anyone’s business what two consenting adults do. I have never discussed my private life before. Sexual preferences are a human right.

Despite a strong connection between us it became clear to me that our on-and-off dating was unlikely to grow into a larger relationship and I ended things in the beginning of this year. She was upset by this and sent me messages indicating her disappointment that I would not commit to more, and her anger that I was seeing others.

After this, in the early spring there began a campaign of harassment, vengeance and demonization against me that would lead to months of anxiety.

It came to light that a woman had begun anonymously reaching out to people that I had dated (via Facebook) to tell them she had been a victim of abusive relations with me. In other words, someone was reframing what had been an ongoing consensual relationship as something nefarious. I learned – through one of my friends who got in contact with this person – that someone had rifled through my phone on one occasion and taken down the names of any woman I had seemed to have been dating in recent years. This person had begun methodically contacting them to try to build a story against me. Increasingly, female friends and ex-girlfriends of mine told me about these attempts to smear me.

Someone also began colluding with a freelance writer who was known not to be a fan of mine and, together, they set out to try to find corroborators to build a case to defame me. She found some sympathetic ears by painting herself as a victim and turned this into a campaign. The writer boldly started contacting my friends, acquaintances and even work colleagues – all of whom came to me to tell me this was happening and all of whom recognized it as a trumped up way to attack me and undermine my reputation. Everyone contacted would ask the same question, if I had engaged in non-consensual behavior why was the place to address this the media?

The writer tried to peddle the story and, at one point, a major Canadian media publication did due diligence but never printed a story. One assumes they recognized these attempts to recast my sexual behaviour were fabrications. Still, the spectre of mud being flung onto the Internet where online outrage can demonize someone before facts can refute false allegations has been what I’ve had to live with.

And this leads us to today and this moment. I’ve lived with the threat that this stuff would be thrown out there to defame me. And I would sue. But it would do the reputational damage to me it was intended to do (the ex has even tried to contact me to say that she now wishes to refute any of these categorically untrue allegations). But with me bringing it to light, in the coming days you will prospectively hear about how I engage in all kinds of unsavoury aggressive acts in the bedroom. And the implication may be made that this happens non-consensually. And that will be a lie. But it will be salacious gossip in a world driven by a hunger for “scandal”. And there will be those who choose to believe it and to hate me or to laugh at me. And there will be an attempt to pile on. And there will be the claim that there are a few women involved (those who colluded with my ex) in an attempt to show a “pattern of behaviour”. And it will be based in lies but damage will be done. But I am telling you this story in the hopes that the truth will, finally, conquer all.

I have been open with the CBC about this since these categorically untrue allegations ramped up. I have never believed it was anyone’s business what I do in my private affairs but I wanted my bosses to be aware that this attempt to smear me was out there. CBC has been part of the team of friends and lawyers assembled to deal with this for months. On Thursday I voluntarily showed evidence that everything I have done has been consensual. I did this in good faith and because I know, as I have always known, that I have nothing to hide. This when the CBC decided to fire me.

CBC execs confirmed that the information provided showed that there was consent. In fact, they later said to me and my team that there is no question in their minds that there has always been consent. They said they’re not concerned about the legal side. But then they said that this type of sexual behavior was unbecoming of a prominent host on the CBC. They said that I was being dismissed for “the risk of the perception that may come from a story that could come out.” To recap, I am being fired in my prime from the show I love and built and threw myself into for years because of what I do in my private life.

Let me be the first to say that my tastes in the bedroom may not be palatable to some folks. They may be strange, enticing, weird, normal, or outright offensive to others. We all have our secret life. But that is my private life. That is my personal life. And no one, and certainly no employer, should have dominion over what people do consensually in their private life.

And so, with no formal allegations, no formal complaints, no complaints, not one, to the HR department at the CBC (they told us they’d done a thorough check and were satisfied), and no charges, I have lost my job based on a campaign of vengeance. Two weeks after the death of my beautiful father I have been fired from the CBC because of what I do in my private life.

I have loved the CBC. The Q team are the best group of people in the land. My colleagues and producers and on-air talent at the CBC are unparalleled in being some of the best in the business. I have always tried to be a good soldier and do a good job for my country. I am still in shock. But I am telling this story to you so the truth is heard. And to bring an end to the nightmare.

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Ghomeshi Spanks The CBC In Open Letter

Posted October 26, 2014 by JR

Blazing Cat Fur updates us on the Weird BDSM Sex Feud between the CBC & Ghomeshi. And what’s to be made of Justin’s leer? Is that before or after?

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Art

Paradise

Posted October 26, 2014 by Anonymous

I apologize for my absence here, sometimes I think it’s important to step away, sometimes, and place your instrument down.. whether it be a cello, a paintbrush, spoon or keyboard in order to create again. I am just busy living this crazy wonderful life of ours on this planet. We had a lovely, quiet few days of […]

The post Paradise appeared first on Just a Smidgen.

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