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Leah Miller fired by Bell Media along with 8 show cancellations. Ford “making a fool of himself,” says the original ‘Crack Smoking Mayor’ Marion Barry. Arrest made in missing Calgary boy case.
LEAH MILLER FIRED
Former Much personality and recent “eTalk” host Leah Miller has been fired by Bell Media. According to Bell, Miller was “eliminated” due to the cancellation of several in-house productions. The eight shows eliminated are “1 Girl, 5 Gays,” “After Degrassi,” “Losing It,” “Movie Night,” “MTV News,” “Today’s Top 10s,” “Video On Trial,” and “The Wedge.” CTV, Much, M3, MTV, Space, and E! were all affected. Miller been the target of much online ridicule and criticism — from her alleged plastic surgery to her relationship with husband Dallas Green. Fellow VJ and host Lauren Toyota and Much VJ and personality Scott Willats were also let go in Bell Media’s cutbacks.
FORD “MAKING A FOOL OF HIMSELF” : ORIGINAL CRACK SMOKING MAYOR
Former mayor of Washington, D.C., Marion Barry, who was once caught on camera smoking crack cocaine, says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is making a “fool of himself.” Barry thinks Ford is using his substance abuse issues as an excuse for his behaviour. Barry was arrested for crack cocaine use and possession in a 1990 FBI sting operation involving a former girlfriend turned informant. Barry recently gave an interview to Slate political reporter David Weigel, who asked the infamous politician to compare how the media has treated him versus Ford. Weigel commented that Ford is seen as more of a “clownish” figure. “He’s not connected to me,” Barry said. “He doesn’t have my historical record of achievement. He’s making a fool of himself; he shouldn’t use the fact that he’s been abusing drugs as an excuse for being a fool. I sympathize with him, I know what he’s going through, but I don’t agree with what he’s doing.”
CHOW VOWS TO BAN HANDGUNS
After a fatal shooting that took the life of a beloved Toronto teacher, mayoral candidate Olivia Chow has released her plan to help curb gun violence in the city. During a news conference yesterday, Chow expressed that the city needs a stronger voice in city hall for gun control and that she will advocate for a ban on handguns at the federal level. Chow also took the opportunity to slam Mayor Ford, criticizing his opposition to the long-gun registry. In addition to gun control, Chow proposed expanding police and community partnerships, including partnerships with mental health services. By teaming up with mental health workers, law enforcement, Chow said, is better able to de-escalate situations, which in turn helps to prevent crime. Mayor Rob Ford’s team later called Chow’s plan “political grandstanding” and accused her of voting against legislation calling for tighter gun control.
ARREST MADE IN MISSING CALGARY BOY CASE
Chief Rick Hanson says a man has been arrested but cannot be identified yet as the charges have not been officially laid in the case of the miss Calgary boy. Bodies have not been found yet, but an Amber Alert issued shortly after the group was reported missing has now been cancelled. “Evidence has led us to believe they are dead,” Hanson told reporters. Chief Hanson said that there is no single piece of evidence – no “smoking gun” – that led to the arrest of the suspect. Instead, investigators have been working for the past two weeks on a “putting a very complex case before the courts.” Monday, Douglas Garland, who police previously questioned in the case of the missing Calgary family, was taken back into police custody. It is unclear whether he is facing new charges or why he was arrested.
LUIZ FELIPE SSCOLARI
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari resigned as manager of Brazil yesterday after his team failed to win the World Cup as he promised. This was the first time since 1940, during a humiliating World Cup, that Brazil received back-to-back defeats on home soil. The 65-year-old stepped down after Brazil failed to restore pride on Saturday as they were beaten 3-0 by Holland in the third place play-off, having lost 7-1 in the semi-final five days before to Germany. The decision was announced by the Brazilian Football Confederation following a meeting between Scolari and president Jose Maria Marin.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY…
This day in 1985, nude photos of a pre-famous Madonna taken in 1977 appear in this month’s editions of Playboy and Penthouse magazine.