Ousting of LaFlamme: Open letter to Bell outlines sexism and ageism facing women in the workplace – National

An open letter signed by a long list of Canadian luminaries takes aim at Bell Media’s abrupt dismissal of Lisa LaFlamme as anchor of the company’s flagship newscast.

In a two-page spread in the Globe and Mail today, the missive signed by a who’s who of arts, business and politics in Canada, including Margaret Norrie McCain, Anne Murray and Jim Balsillie, says LaFlamme was a ratings leader for the company “until one thing changed: the color of her hair.”

Letter to board and management of BCE and Bell Canada says ousting of award-winning TV news anchor early in her career underscores sexism and ageism women continue to face in the workplace .


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Bell Media executive Michael Melling takes leave after Lisa LaFlamme leaves


Bell Media executive Michael Melling takes leave after Lisa LaFlamme leaves

He says the “business decision” to fire LaFlamme destroyed trust in Bell Media and wonders how the company will “fix things.”

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The letter comes a day after a Bell Media executive took time off from work amid the continuing fallout from LaFlamme’s firing.

An internal memo from Bell Media said Friday that vice president of news Michael Melling would immediately take time off to spend time with his family.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 27, 2022.

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