Oh my god, he's back again. (Yes, I know ... I'm a loser) That's right, the "bad boy" from the Backstreet Boys who are far too old to be called boys, is in town today.
The pop-star made an appearance on Breakfast Television this morning and as we speak he's heading over to Virgin radio for an interview.
As you can see he was wearing one of his finest hat and goatee combos which he is rarely seen without. Not sure where the rest of the Backstreet Men are, for some reason I still assume they spend every minute of every day with other.
Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean has apologized for a remark he made during Tuesday night's Montreal Canadiens versus Toronto Maple Leafs broadcast that many on social media had called homophobic.
Viewers and fans earlier took to Twitter after MacLean, responding to a comment from fellow pundit Kevin Bieksa, said, "you have a photo of a guy with his tarp off, you're definitely positive for something."
"I regret and apologize for what happened last night," MacLean wrote on Twitter.
He also explained the context behind the comment and his intentions. "We had a fun moment featuring a photograph of our colleague Anthony Stewart enjoying a rum party. That photo [...] sat on the shelf of Kevin Bieksa's set for the remainder of the night."
"When Kevin quipped that he was 'the most positive person on our panel,' I directed viewers to that photo, using 'tarp off' (i.e. shirtless) to specify the picture with the rum bottle," he wrote.
"The idea of language of intention, of personal responsibility, I have seen those concepts used as broad exoneration," MacLean continued.
"It's not enough. We have a contract with you the viewer, that in us you see yourself."
"I've reached out to several guiding lights in the equity seeking arena, my allies in the LGBTQ2S+ community and to my co-workers to receive their wisdom and continue our joint effort to tend to the hearts of us all."
"I appreciate the power of the voices who spoke to me last night and this morning."
On Tuesday night's Montreal Canadiens/Toronto Maple Leafs broadcast on Hockey Night in Canada, Ron MacLean, host of the program since 1986, made a remark on air that many are calling homophobic.
MacLean, responding to a comment from fellow pundit Kevin Bieksa, said "you have a photo of a guy with his tarp off, you're definitely positive for something." In hockey parlance, having your "tarp off" means that you have your shirt off.
The NHL's own "Hockey is for Everyone" campaign states that hockey "should provide a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status."
This update hopefully sends a strong message that Canada will not tolerate ideological, religious or politically-motivated acts of violence.
Bill Blair, Canada's Minister of Public Safety
"These groups are unfortunately active in Canada and around the world [...] fueled by white supremacy, antisemitism, racism, homophobia, Islamaphobia and misogyny," said Minister Blair.
Three of the terrorist organizations added to the list are Al Qaida affiliate groups, five are affiliated with Daesh — another word for ISIS or ISIL — and four are ideologically-motivated violent extremist (IMVE) groups.
The names of IMVE groups are:
The Proud Boys
Russian Imperial Movement
Finally, the government added Hizbul Mujahideen, an Islamic militant group originally formed in 1989 with the goal of liberating Kashmir from India and merging it with Pakistan.
According to Blair, adding groups to this list can help with laying terrorism-related charges against perpetrators and supporters in addition to making it harder for these groups to acquire funds.
"When an entity is placed on the list, banks and financial institutions can freeze their assets," Minister Blair said.
"It’s a criminal offence for Canadians to knowingly deal with the assets of a [listed] terrorist entity."
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Blair said growing concern for domestic terrorism in Canada was a key driver of the change — announced less than a week after the fourth anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting, which left six Muslim worshippers dead and 19 others injured.
He also said the move makes it easier to remove hateful online content from the terrorist entities and their sympathizers.
"The threat of ideologically-motivated extremism has been identified as the most significant threat to domestic security in Canada," Blair said.