Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

The timely death of Honest Ed’s

If my grandmother were still alive today (she passed in early 2000), she would be mourning the coming closing of Honest Ed’s, the discount department store that was built to serve poor, thrifty immigrants such as her. One family legend holds that in her senior years, she found a steal of a deal on a […]

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Fri, December 30 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on The timely death of Honest Ed’s

Brunching in Toronto – A forced attack against it

Toronto writer Shawn Micallef has just written a book entitled The Trouble with Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure. He argues that brunch is an illusion of la dolce vita. I figure so what — eggs benedict taste great! In a cool room with great music, even better!

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Fri, August 8 2014 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on Brunching in Toronto – A forced attack against it

One month in Edmonton

Today marks one month since I left Toronto. Besides my friends there, here is a sampling of a few things I miss from the dot that don’t appear to be easily replicated in Edmonton:

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Sun, July 27 2014 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on One month in Edmonton

‘Toronto Star’ reporter accepts apology from ZoomerMedia too

Daniel Dale, the Toronto Star reporter who withdrew a libel suit against Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford after receiving a formal apology, has now done the same against ZoomerMedia, which owns Vision TV.

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Thu, December 19 2013 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

Mayor Ford’s formal apology accepted by ‘Toronto Star’ reporter

Reporter Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star tweeted that he accepts a second, more formal apology from Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford, in which Ford basically admits everything he told a TV show hosted by Conrad Black about Dale was a lie. This means Dale will not pursue his lawsuit against Ford, although action may yet […]

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Wed, December 18 2013 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

‘Toronto Star’ reporter to sue Mayor Ford over interview remarks

Daniel Dale, deputy city hall bureau chief for the Toronto Star, had notices served Thursday on Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford and Vision TV. If they don’t apologize, he intends to sue them for libel for remarks broadcast Monday in an interview between Ford and Conrad Black.

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Thu, December 12 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘Toronto Star’ reporter to sue Mayor Ford over interview remarks

Hizzoner Ford vs. the Toronto news media

TVO’s The Agenda had a discussion featuring three prominent members of the Toronto media on the topic of covering scandal, focusing on the travails of Mayor Rob Ford, who is facing allegations that he smoked crack cocaine sometime in the past six months. The panelists were John Cruickshank, publisher of the Toronto Star, Steve Meurice, […]

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Fri, May 31 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Hizzoner Ford vs. the Toronto news media

Top 20 t-dot sammies

Toronto Life has a round-up of the top 20 sandwiches in Toronto. I have some exploring to do. :) Three sammies that immediately caught my eye: fried chicken sandwich at Barque pulled pork at at the Hogtown Cure grilled cheese with meat loaf, mac-and-cheese and bacon at Uncle Betty’s Drool. :)

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Mon, April 22 2013 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on Top 20 t-dot sammies

Mayor Ford’s KFC meal

Toronto Star public editor Kathy English has thrown quite the hissy fit over her paper’s story about Mayor Rob Ford being caught exiting a KFC outlet with the dirty bird in hand. Before I go much further, you can see the video and read the April 18 story: Laughing woman stands by Rob Ford KFC […]

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Fri, April 20 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Mayor Ford’s KFC meal

Migrating print infographics to the Web

I’ve always thought The Globe and Mail created some fine infographics, but I couldn’t find them on the Web. Not a problem any more.

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Sun, February 12 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Migrating print infographics to the Web