At 5:13 p.m. today David Hayes sent out an email to the Toronto Freelance Editor and Writer’s list with news that Ken Whyte has laid off five more atChatelaine. Those laid off include Hayes’s handling editor Rachel Giese, and deputy editor Melanie Morassutti, who is on maternity leave.

“The next (last?) stage in the purge of Chatelaine is complete,” wrote Hayes.