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On 15 January 2000, working a shift for the news channel, Haines made a mistake with a line while taping a report introduction. After regaining her composure, she joked:
|“||I kind of like the little stuttering thing. It's like equal opportunity, right? We've got a stuttering newscaster. We've got the black, we've got the Asian, we've got the woman. I could be a lesbian, folk-dancing, black woman stutterer. What's that? In a wheelchair ... with a gimping, rubber legs. Yeah, really. I'd have a successful career, let me tell you.||”|
However, the camera was still on. Haines retaped the segment, but later that day, a CTV technician mistakenly aired the tape which included the error and the comment.
On 17 January, Haines was fired from CTV Newsnet after her comments sparked controversy. The unnamed technician was suspended.
On 15 September 2010, Haines returned to Citytv as a senior reporter and anchor. For the past two years Haines has written and hosted the Inside Story aired on Citytv.
She is the sister of Emily Haines, lead singer of the band Metric. Both Emily and Avery are daughters of the late Paul Haines, noted poet and librettist of Escalator over the Hill which was co-written with Carla Bley.
Her television programme Health On the Line won Gemini Awards in 2002 and 2005 for Best Talk Series. In 2005, she was personally nominated for a Gemini in a hosting/interviewer category. In 2013 Haines' Inside Story was awarded the Media Award by the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, 'Best In-depth Television Reporting' by The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the Canadian Medical Association Media Award : Excellence in Health Reporting for the Inside Story: “Dystonia”.
- Gill, Alexandra (22 January 2000). "Is this thing on?". The Globe and Mail. p. R11.
- 17th Gemini Awards (2002) nominations: Best Talk Series
- 20th Gemini Awards (2005) nominations: Best Talk Series
- 20th Gemini Awards (2005) nominations: Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series
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