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Tim Hortons apologizes for blocking gay/lesbian news site

TORONTO (NEWS1130) – Tim Hortons has apologized for blocking a gay and lesbian news website from its free in-store Wifi networks.

The popular Canadian coffee chain faced a backlash online after restricting customers from accessing Dailyxtra.com, the online home for the free newspaper Xtra that’s distributed in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.

When the publication asked that the site be unblocked, assuming it might have been blacklisted in error, it received an email stating the site was “not appropriate for all ages viewing in a public environment.”

Tim Hortons spokeswoman Michelle Robichaud said Dailyxtra.com “should’ve never been blocked in the first place” and blamed a third-party company for the error and the resulting miscommunication.

Robichaud said the site would be accessible again soon.