Conrad Black

Conrad Black is selling off part of his lawn Conrad Black is selling off part of his lawn

$7,200,000 —Conrad Black’s asking price for a 2.8-acre parcel of property severed from his Bridle Path estate. (His actual house isn’t for sale; just a plot of land beside it.) This is the latest of many indignities for the former media magnate and convicted felon. Next up for Lord Black: possible sanctions from the Ontario… Read more »

Conrad Black’s letter to governor general David Johnston, translated Conrad Black’s letter to governor general David Johnston, translated

Conrad Black was stripped of his Order of Canada status last week, but, about six weeks before that, he wrote governor general David Johnston about his case. On Monday, Black published the letter in the National Post. Like much of his writing, the missive is confusingly verbose. Here’s some help. Your Excellency: Your heraldic officials… Read more »

Conrad Black didn’t want his Order of Canada membership, anyway Conrad Black didn’t want his Order of Canada membership, anyway

Conrad Black was stripped of his Order of Canada membership late last week, but he doesn’t care, because he technically resigned before they could kick him out. Take that, Canada. In a remarkable op-ed in today’s Post (meaning, remarkable by normal standards but totally expected from Black), the Lord spends 1,800 words trying to explain… Read more »

Conrad Black is getting another TV show Conrad Black is getting another TV show

Late last week, ZoomerMedia began circulating a press release touting Conrad Black’s interviewing skills ahead of the launch of yet another TV show for the former media baron/current actual baron. According to a ZoomerMedia spokesperson, the new show, to be called Conversations With Conrad, will consist of extended interviews with the same types of political… Read more »

Conrad Black owes a bunch of back taxes Conrad Black owes a bunch of back taxes

What’s the world coming to when a former media baron can’t evade taxes in peace? A judge has ruled that Conrad Black owes previously unpaid taxes on about $5.1 million in income and benefits. That’s because the Lord was technically a resident of Canada (at least for tax purposes) in 2002. Black had argued that… Read more »

Daniel Dale drops his defamation lawsuit against Rob Ford Daniel Dale drops his defamation lawsuit against Rob Ford

After rejecting Rob Ford‘s initial attempt at an apology, Star reporter Daniel Dale says he’ll drop his defamation lawsuit against the mayor following the release of a written follow-up apology on Wednesday night. Dale’s notice of libel called for an apology to be given “publicly, abjectly, unreservedly and completely,” and the two-page statement, endorsed but clearly… Read more »

Daniel Dale rejects Rob Ford’s apology, will proceed with his defamation suit Daniel Dale rejects Rob Ford’s apology, will proceed with his defamation suit

Earlier today, we wondered if Rob Ford’s surprise apology to Star reporter Daniel Dale would be enough to head off the defamation lawsuit that Dale began pursuing late last week. Now, we have our answer. In a series of tweets posted this afternoon, Dale says Ford‘s remarks weren’t enough to fully make amends for the… Read more »

The feud between Conrad Black and Rosie DiManno is bad for newspaper readers, gr... The feud between Conrad Black and Rosie DiManno is bad for newspaper readers, great for the dictionary industry

Conrad Black and Rosie DiManno have spent the past few days attacking each other in their respective newspaper columns, and it’s incredible. This is the media equivalent of Godzilla versus Mothra, except instead of body blows, both sides are hurling awkwardly written sentences. Black and DiManno, more than any other journalists working in Toronto today,… Read more »

QUOTED: ZoomerMedia on being sued by Daniel Dale QUOTED: ZoomerMedia on being sued by Daniel Dale

  “As there is now the threat of legal action, ZoomerMedia will not be making a statement until such time as we can consult with our attorneys to consider the allegations and determine next steps.” —ZoomerMedia, on its decision to stay silent after being served with a notice of libel by Toronto Star reporter Daniel… Read more »

It’s official: Star reporter Daniel Dale is going to sue Rob Ford over “... It’s official: Star reporter Daniel Dale is going to sue Rob Ford over “pedophile” suggestion [UPDATED]

#robford reporter Daniel Dale will sue over the pervert accusation with the Toronto Star's full and complete support. Stand by. — Michael Cooke (@TorStarEditor) December 12, 2013 It seems as though Rob Ford has earned himself another defamation lawsuit. (He’s 1-0 on these things, so far.) Daniel Dale—the Toronto Star reporter whose sexual proclivities Ford… Read more »

The CBC’s Carol Off calls out Conrad Black for appearing to forget how to cond... The CBC’s Carol Off calls out Conrad Black for appearing to forget how to conduct an interview

By now, pretty much everyone agrees that Conrad Black’s softball interview with Rob Ford was bad—except for Rob Ford himself, which makes the situation all the more worrying. Part of the problem was that his Lordship missed just about every opportunity to ask pertinent follow-up questions of the sort they teach you on the first day… Read more »

QUOTED: Star reporter Daniel Dale on whether he’ll sue Rob Ford QUOTED: Star reporter Daniel Dale on whether he’ll sue Rob Ford

“If I do take legal action, the Star’s got nothing to do with it. In fact, if I were a businessman or teacher or anything other than a Toronto Star reporter, I would have served Ford with a libel notice already.” -Toronto Star city hall reporter Daniel Dale, on whether he’ll sue Mayor Rob Ford….

VIDEOS: six terrible moments from Conrad Black’s terrible interview with Rob F... VIDEOS: six terrible moments from Conrad Black’s terrible interview with Rob Ford

Last night, Vision TV aired an interview—or something resembling an interview—between Conrad Black and Rob Ford. Whatever it was, it made Peter Mansbridge’s softball-fest with the Ford brothers last month seem like waterboarding. As Black and Ford chummed it up, there were plenty of cringe-inducing moments. Here are six of the worst, with video clips… Read more »

Toronto reacts to Conrad Black’s softball interview with Mayor Rob Ford Toronto reacts to Conrad Black’s softball interview with Mayor Rob Ford

It’s amazing, in a way, that Conrad Black and mayor Rob Ford hadn’t found themselves on camera together before last night. They have so much to talk about: treatment by various justice systems, being portrayed as cartoonish villains in the media, the ins and outs of maintaining a towering ego despite frequent humiliations, and so… Read more »

11 prominent Canadians pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, from Conrad Black to Brian... 11 prominent Canadians pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, from Conrad Black to Brian Mulroney

“It’s true what they say of Mandela. In all of our various conversations, there was never a word of acrimony, of rancour. I’d be ready to rhetorically kill all and any of his detractors, past and present, and he’d smile indulgently, treating me, in the gentlest of ways, as a disgruntled adolescent. I could never… Read more »