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Olivia Chow’s new radio ad attacks Ford, “The most distracting show on earth.” Starbucks price hike today. Kathleen Wynne to unveil new cabinet today. Bell Media to cut 120 jobs.
OLIVA CHOW AD: FORD “THE MOST DISTRACTING SHOW ON EARTH”
No one knows for sure what to expect when Rob Ford returns from rehab next week, but Olivia Chow wants voters to know that there’s still an election going on as she announced the release of two new radio ads yesterday. The ads — which are set to air today – use a Monster Truck announcer voice who attacks Ford, calling him the “the most distracting show on Earth.”
“Incredible errors in judgment! Billion dollar budget lies! Watch him drag your city’s reputation through the mud,” he says.
The ad also takes a quick shot at John Tory’s “incredible flip-flopping action.”
STARBUCKS PRICE HIKE
If you need to have a Starbucks latte first thing in the morning, then you’ll probably want to know they’re raising prices on some of their drinks by 5 cents to 20 cents starting today. You can also expect to pay $1 more for the packaged coffee sold in grocery stores. Starbucks said the price increases will begin today. Prices for Grande and Venti brewed coffees will go up between 10 cents and 15 cents in most markets, the company said. However, certain drinks, such as tall brewed coffees and Frappuccinos, won’t see prices increases in most regions.
PREMIER WYNNE SET TO UNVEIL NEW CABINET
Premier Kathleen Wynne is to name newcomer Mitzie Hunter as the associate minister of finance today, responsible for the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan; the Liberals’ most important file. Hunter, who was first elected last August, will be working closely with the government-appointed advisory panel to set up the plan, which includes former Prime Minister Paul Martin and Michael Nobrega, former CEO of OMERS. Charles Sousa is to stay on as finance minister and Liz Sandals is expected to remain as education minister. Eric Hoskins is to take over as health minister from Deb Matthews, who will switch to treasury board. Matthews has been health minister since 2009.
CBC PERSONALITIES FIGHT AGAINST BUDGET CUTS
CBC personalities including Peter Mansbridge, David Suzuki and Linden MacIntyre are taking a stand against a CBC proposal to shut down in-house production of documentaries. The petition is calling on the CBC to protect its documentary department by placing it under its News and Current Affairs division.
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BELL MEDIA ANNOUNCES LAYOFFS
Due to “financial pressure” in its advertising and subscription TV services, Bell Media plans to lay off about five per cent of its Toronto workforce. The radio and television division of BCE Inc. say as many as 120 jobs will be cut this summer. Bell Media runs a variety of television channels like the CTV network and the TSN sports lineup. Its specialty channels include The Comedy Network, MuchMusic and MTV.
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