The stunning revelation that Globe and Mail columnist Leah McLaren was allowed to put her own house in their prestigious Home of the Week in an effort to sell (see here), has forced the Globe to address this massive conflict of interest all be it, lamely:
A number of people have asked this week about an article that appeared in Friday’s Real Estate section, in which one of our columnists wrote about her own property for sale. It was an unintentional oversight on our part, but to clarify, it is not Globe editorial policy to allow people to write about things that could result in their own commercial gain.
I won’t even try to get into how Siu can possibly call this an “unintentional oversight” and go straight to how McLaren and everyone else involved still have their jobs.
Also: McLaren’s mother Cecily Ross (who was an editor at the Globe) had also previously written an article when she was selling her own house (see here)
Update: Globe in-house mouth organ Sylvia Stead states the obvious (see here). Notice she calls McLaren “freelance columnist”