These are the stories we’re watching over the next week. Here is your Weekly Wire:
- Two of Postmedia’s major west coast newspapers, the Vancouver Sun and The Province, are expected to lose up to two-dozen reporters and editors early next year, according to Unifor Local 2000, which represents workers for the two publications. Both newsrooms merged earlier this year. The bad news comes on the heels of a recent round of company-wide buyouts, and a clearcut of staff at 24 Hours Vancouver, another Postmedia-owned daily whose Vancouver readership was in third place behind the Sun and Province in 2015.
- After 43 years, the Globe and Mail left its “odd-smelling” headquarters on Toronto’s Front Street West for new east-end digs, in a move that publisher Phillip Crawley calls a “sign of faith in the future.” (Some interesting stuff turned up in the move, too). Despite the new Diamond-Schmitt-designed office—the same firm behind the Ryerson Image Centre—the Globe still has to contend with old-office problems like declining print circulation numbers, which prompted a recent round of buyouts.
- Time magazine declared—who else?—President-elect Donald Trump its person of the year, calling the “revolution” he ignited “fully American.” But the laurels might be poisoned. Time said it awarded Trump the distinction for reminding Americans that “demagoguery feeds on despair,” and on Twitter, Eater editor Helen Rosner notes the 1940s-esque aesthetic flourish—a clear reference to Time’s 1938 pick, Adolf Hitler. It’s certainly likelier than the “devil horns” theory, which appears to be an ongoing problem.
- What do the Toronto Blue Jays, Mirvish Productions, and the CRTC have in common? Well, as reported in the Globe, they’ve all has advertisements on Breitbart (the platform for the so-called “alt right”, or, more accurately, white nationalists). The placement of the organization’s ads, which the Globe says are being rectified, is a consequence of modern online ad-buying, which allow businesses’ ads to appear everywhere unless specified otherwise. The news follows Breitbart’s declaration of war on Froot Loop-purveyor Kellogg’s after the company pulled its ads from the site.
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