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blogTO apologizes to Corriere Canadese

Article by Francesco Veronesi — Translation and Video: CNMNG Staff

Time is a gentleman, as they say. The mudslinging machine – regrettably hyperactive in social media and political circles – that targeted the Corriere Canadese in recent months has begun to lose sympathy on the street.

blogTO, a Toronto web portal, has issued – and posted – an official apology to the Corriere for characterizing a piece published in the Corriere Canadese, last January, authored by the publisher, the Hon. Joe Volpe, as “homophobic, transphobic and racist”. The blogTO article appeared on its website on January 13, 2021. Corriere and its publisher subsequently served a Statement of Claim on Fresh daily, blogTO’s publishing company, for libel, slander and defamation. blogTO has agreed to post the official apology on its www.blogto.com for six months. Here is the text:

“blogTO apologizes for its article entitled “A Toronto School Board removed an LGBT helpline from its resources” that appeared online on January 13, 2021. The article, since removed, included portions of a YouthLine press release that incorrectly characterized an article of the Corriere Canadese written by Joe Volpe, critical of some YouthLine content. This content was subsequently removed by YouthLine and the site was reinstated by the TCDSB. The press release referenced by blogTo described the Corriere Canadese article as homophobic, transphobic and racist. blogTo recognizes that this characterization of the Corriere Canadese article was false and apologizes for any harm or distress the publication may have caused to Joe Volpe and/or Corriere Canadese”.


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