As most of Toronto and their beloved Blue Jays fans across the
hemisphere are in lockdown mode on October 14, 2015 in anticipation
of the decisive Game 5 of baseball's American League Division
Series, monumental events are happening all around the globe
First, the esteemed gentleman's bible, Playboy, has gone
public with its decision to no longer publish photos of nude women.
Marilyn Monroe must be turning over in her grave. Pipe and slipper
sales clearly will soon be dropping through the floor and a trade
war will no doubt ensue over magazine subsidies or content. In all
seriousness, when we see a change like this announced, it really
does look like a bellweather. Our world and how we consume
information is changing so fast, it truly is difficult to keep
track. The implications which this accelerated pace of change has
for our workplaces, our homes, and our lives is astounding. And the
implications which this has in legal systems around the world is
hard to fathom.
Second, a battle has ensued between Australia on the one hand,
and musician Morrissey paired with pinup Brigitte Bardot on the
other. Their beef? Feral cats. About two million of them, which the
government of Australia plans to cull over the next five years. The
legendary frontman for The Smiths, who made headlines with hits
such as "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now", has accused
the Aussies of "taking idiocy just too far". You can hear
the Sydney cricketers now shouting "takes one to know one,
mate". Earlier in the year, Bardot wrote an open letter to the
Australian environment minister, Greg Hunt, calling the plan
"scandalous" and spewing that "animal genocide is
inhumane and ridiculous". To the neutral observers, this seems
to show a distinct lack of perspective, and ignores the fact that
the move is intended to protect other animal species. Australian
coach Eddie Jones, who lead Japan to a thrilling upset of South
Africa at this year's Rugby World Cup (Note: apologies to
Springboks fans) commented when interviewed about his
team's fate in the tournament: "I'm too old for this.
I should be watching cricket in Barbados". No word yet on
whether or not Morissey and Ms. Bardot might take up watching
baseball. Torontonians are pleased to report that the Rogers
Centre, which is home of the Blue Jays, is now likely to be sold
out for years to come.
Lastly, Canadian media reported today that senior business
correspondent Amanda Lang will be leaving the CBC. This came as a
shock to some, since earlier reports had suggested that Ms. Lang
was potentially in line for the Corporation's top evening
newscaster role. Lang, who has a pedigreed past and became well
known for her confrontational appearances with Dragon's Den
softie Kevin O'Leary, which often became predictable rants
about why failure should at times be rewarded. Lang (and others)
were the subject of intense scrutiny this past year over paid
speaking engagements, which at the very least gave to some the
appearance of bias. The CBC's announcement of this change
refers to Lang leaving for a position that is "a new
opportunity outside the CBC in television". Some of the
"sandals and socks" crowd who enjoy their baseball the
old-fashioned way (i.e. on the radio) may well be cheering. This
moves highlights a number of trends, including the increasing
mobility of the very successful. Lang was, in the eyes of many,
"set for life" at the CBC. Her ambition, however, was
such that she saw broader horizons which extend beyond the public
sector mindset. This reflects the realities of the modern working
world where free agency, mobile workers, and short stints with one
organization are becoming the norm. Indeed, journalists, sports
stars, and cab drivers could all rightfully say "this job
ain't what it used to be".
In summary, carefully tuned in Toronto Blue Jays fans have
already witnessed a triple play today. Must run – Go Jays
The foregoing provides only an overview and does not
constitute legal advice. Readers are cautioned against making any
decisions based on this material alone. Rather, specific legal
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