Online petition to reinstate Lisa LaFlamme as chief news anchor inches closer to its goal of 150,000 signatures

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      Nearly a week after Bell Media announced the departure of Lisa LaFlamme as chief news anchor of CTV News, people are continuing to sign an online petition calling for her reinstatement.

      As of August 21, there are more than 128,000 names attached to the webpage at

      The online petition was launched by North Bay, Ontario resident Miles MacMillan. Once it reaches 150,000 signatures, it becomes one of the top-signed petitions on

      "Lisa LaFlamme posted her own video, stating that she was 'blindsided' and was 'shocked and saddened' by Bell Media's decision," MacMillan wrote. "Lisa LaFlamme has been with CTV for the past 35 years and has become the most trusted voice in national news for many Canadians such as myself.

      "I think Bell Media is making a huge mistake by taking Lisa LaFlamme off of the air and I think they need to reconsider this decision and reinstate her as Chief News Anchor," he continued. "I am asking everyone who agrees with me to please sign this petition. Thanks."

      On August 19, Bell Media stated that CTV "regrets the way in which the news of her departure has been communicated" after her fans accused the network of sexism and ageism.

      "We have always taken matters regarding any discrimination very seriously and are committed to a safe, inclusive and respectful work environment for all our employees, devoid of any toxic behaviour," Bell Media said. "Consistent with our policies, we are taking steps to initiate an independent third-party internal workplace review of our newsroom, which will take place over the following weeks."