Lance Armstrong's confession fades into back pages

Tease the day: The disgraced cyclist was mostly ignored by this morning's papers.


Lance Armstrong’s confession to Oprah Winfrey that he consumed performance-enhancing drugs aired yesterday. This morning, you have to look pretty hard to find anyone talking about it in the papers. Armstrong’s confession makes an appearance on A9 of The Globe and Mail and A7 of the Ottawa Citizen. There’s no mention of the interview in the Toronto Star or National Post’s front section. CBC News did front the interview online this morning. Perhaps that general lack of attention was thanks to the anticlimactic nature of Armstrong’s chat with Winfrey—everyone knew what he was going to say, more or less—or maybe it’s because, simply, no one cared. Whatever the reason, the disgraced cyclist didn’t win the Canadian news cycle. This morning, no one did.

What’s above the fold this morning?

The Globe and Mail leads with the Assembly of First Nations exploring the procedure to remove National Chief Shawn Atleo. The National Post fronts Quebec’s tenuous relationship with its Anglophone residents. The Toronto Star goes above the fold with divisions splintering the AFN. The Ottawa Citizen leads with the carnage in Algeria as that country’s military attacked a gas plant full of militants and hostages. iPolitics fronts a column that argues politicians shouldn’t leave moral issues to the courts. leads with Lance Armstrong’s admission to Oprah Winfrey that he took performance enhancing drugs. National Newswatch showcases an Ottawa Citizen story about Conservative attacks against Postmedia reporter Stephen Maher.

Stories that will be (mostly) missed

1. Abused women. The Supreme Court will decide today whether or not an abused woman can escape prosecution after hiring someone to murder their abusive husband. 2. Drunk drivers. The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that repeat drunk drivers can have their cars confiscated—a decision that overturned a Quebec appeal court’s ruling.
3. Immigration backlog. Federal Court heard arguments yesterday that the federal government’s move to eliminate an immigration backlog breached the Charter of Rights. 4. Inefficient Canadians. A new report released by the Conference Board of Canada says Canadians rank poorly when it comes to energy consumption and waste production.

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