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TIM HORTONS OREO DONUT ARRIVES JULY 7TH
The coffee mogul Tim Hortons introduced the U.S. to its new Oreo Donut earlier in June. According to InsideTimmies.com, the Oreo Donut is chocolate, filled with vanilla cream and topped with Oreo cookie crumbs. I’m sure I speak for all Canadians when I say that I’m a little pissed off that this new epic donut wasn’t released in Canada first. However, like many things available in the States that are not here, the Oreo Donut won’t be one of them. It’s with great pleasure that I may tell you come July 7th, the Oreo Donut will arrive in Canadian Tim Horton stores. And if that’s not enough Oreo for you, you’ll be pleased to know that an Oreo Iced Capp will be accompanying the donut come ‘her’ debutante on July 7th. (okay, maybe that’s putting it too high up there on a pedestal.) So far, those lucky American mouths that have tasted the donut have nothing but good things to say on Twitter and Insatgram. The new Timmies creation contains about 420 calories, 33 grams of sugar, and not a trace of any vitamins, or anything remotely ‘good’ for you, with the exception of heaven on your taste buds.
110 LGBTQ COUPLES MARRIED AT CASA LOMA
110 LGBTQ couples from around the world were married at Casa Loma yesterday afternoon in a monumental and historical event for WorldPride 2014 in Toronto. With over 1000 attendants at the wedding, it’s believed to be the largest event of its kind in North America. The grounds of Casa Loma were beautifully decorated on a perfect day to have an outdoor wedding. Champagne was poured and served to the attending guests while a brass band entertained them. Toronto’s Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, as well as councillors Josh Matlow, Mary Fragedakis and Kristyn Wong-Tam attended the event.
Photo: (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)
CBC BOSS UNVEILS MASSIVE JOB CUTS
Yesterday, during a fierce town hall with employees, the CBC announced slashing some 20 per cent of its workforce over the next five years. They will be cutting back evening-newscasts, in-house production, and there is talk of possibly selling its flagship headquarters in Toronto. President Hubert Lacroix described the massive changes as a shift in priorities from radio and television to digital and mobile services. Lacroix also wants to cut the company’s real estate hold in half; approximately two million square feet. In Montreal, there will be a reduction in square feet and the Toronto studio at Front and John will acquire new tenants through being leased or sold. With 7,500 current employees, the CBC plans to cut 1,000 to 1,500 positions by the year 2020. The broadcaster says its goal will in part be fulfilled by retirements and attrition, and that approximately 500 current jobs will be phased out over the next 12 to 15 transition months. These new job losses are tacked on to the prior 657 the CBC announced earlier this year in April. With declining advertising revenues, the loss of hockey rights to Rogers Media, and federal cuts, the CBC continues struggling with a $130-million budget.
TRANSFORMERS 4 HITS THEATRES/ SHIA LABEOUF ARRESTED
Michael Bay’s latest blockbuster hits the big screen today and “Transformers 4” will surely give Transformers fans a new treat with new leading star Mark Wahlberg. However, actor Shia LaBeouf, who starred in the first three “Transformers” movies, was arrested last night inside New York’s Studio 54, during a performance of “Cabaret.” The actor was charged with criminal conduct and disorderly conduct and taken into custody. A funny coincidence that the night Transformers 4 opens, Shia gets arrested. Perhaps he was a little angry with himself for screwing up his career and needed to blow off some steam.
TURNING STRIP CLUBS INTO BROTHELS
Some of Canada’s strip club operators think they have the answer for sex workers and it’s by turning strip clubs into licensed brothels. The Adult Entertainment Association of Canada is proposing an alternative for prostitution to the federal PC’s recently proposed Bill C-36, which criminalizes the purchase of sex. The top exotic club group in Ontario believes that prostitution is best dealt with through the provision of a licensed strip club, having sex workers in separate areas of the club. It would not require dancers to sell sex or sex workers to dance. A study released yesterday concludes decriminalization, regulation and licensing of the business would keep sex workers safer. It would also allow governments to collect millions of dollars in tax revenues, estimated to be worth between $870 million and $1.7 billion per year.