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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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Frank Magazine

Ottawa’s defunct and much-lamented answer to our national nasty gossip deficit. Frank’s main weakness, aside from a financially-inspired disinclination to investigate anything, was that it couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be Britain’s Private Eye magazine, Spy or The National Enquirer. Still, any magazine that had so many enemies in high places must have been doing something right and it was the only public instrument in the country that wasn’t totally cowed by the threat of libel chill. Even those who hated it now wish it would return, so there’d be something to talk about in the bars after sessions of parliament.

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