Jordan Peterson’s room of gloom is now clean

The empire striking back into March

Mikhalia Peterson is taking credit for building her dad’s media empire, upon the release of Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, noted as the rare self-help book prefaced by details of the author’s ill health. Promoting it quickly led Jordan Peterson to swear off doing unfriendly interviews, while a few of his publisher’s staff wish he was cancelled.


The new rules of isolated life

Quarantine hotel tales include long wait times and lacking options along with tales of pandemonium before confinement with lousy food. No wonder risking a fine for walking away holds more appeal. But the guidelines that advised two weeks isolation for Peel Region children who tested positive for COVID-19 were acknowledged as overreach.


I think they want me to be confused. And I think they want all of you, as donors, to be and stay confused.” After he spoke to a parliamentary ethics committee, American journalist Reed Cowan isn’t buying We Charity’s claim that a school in Kenya dedicated in honour of his late son was accidentally rededicated in another name.


A pair of Sportsnet eras end

Rogers Sports and Media announcing that television and radio broadcasts of Toronto Blue Jays games will be the same thing enraged lifelong listeners, including Mike Wilner, who was evidently dismissed as part of the plan. Also, the move of Sid Seixeiro from Sportsnet to Breakfast Television ended with his weepy goodbye to Tim Micallef:


Torstar is readying an online casino betting brand. Pending regulatory approval, the new owners of the Toronto Star expressed hope that gambling will help fund journalism. Meanwhile, even though the Competition Bureau cleared Postmedia and Torstar over a 2017 newspaper swap, both companies knew about corresponding cuts.


Finally, the four-hour startup

Recipeasly was a concept dating back to 2013, reflecting the dreams of a developer from Guelph to have recipes published without the ads or other text. The application was announced late Sunday afternoon, followed by an instantaneous backlash about how it amounted to pillaging content from others. It was all taken offline with apologies:

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Maybe the actual Florida of Canada is Dubai

You can ask the CPP’s former CEO

“Florida of Canada” got trending on Twitter when a Harvard University epidemiologist expressed vindication about new masking rules at Quebec elementary schools. Eric Fiegl-Ding then noted he was watching the COVID-19 resurgence in B.C., where provincial health officer Bonnie Henry is being villainized by conspiracy theorists.


The most expensive jab ever

An evening email from the head of the Canada Pension Plan about getting vaccinated during a “very personal” trip to Dubai turned into a morning resignation for Mark Machin, whose Toronto house was recently sold for $18 million. Canada can soon dream of catching up to U.A.E. speed, now that AstraZeneca has been approved.


The new U.S. secretary of state is seeing the other side of the border closure. Antony Blinken said science will decide when traffic can freely flow again, during a CBC interview prior to his virtual visit to Ottawa. In the meantime, stories continue about confusion over who’s essential enough to cross, along with quarantine hotel debacles.


A new record of ridiculousness

The cartoons of Toronto lawyer Caryma Sa’d are gaining more attention, as her panels posted to Instagram cover news like the city filing an injunction upon the builder of tiny wooden structures or dissonant messaging from the province. Inspiration comes easier for Sa’d when the jokes write themselves, based on what COVID-19 has done to news:


Tory Lanez can no longer publicly comment on his alleged shooting of Meghan Thee Stallion. The injunction follows the Canadian rapper making an album on which he claimed innocence, with a video featuring Chair Girl. (It’s also unlikely Lanez will get more shout-outs on Norm Kelly’s revived Twitter hip-hop account.)


Finally, dystopia in quarantine

The Handmaid’s Tale returned to shooting in Toronto and environs in September—after getting shut down in March—and production stretched into the winter. The challenge for producers was how to get all of the cast north of the border, given how some actors were filming parts between other jobs. The fourth-season trailer shows off the effort:

Facebook funds more reporting about itself

From the spinning wheel of gaucherie

Australia’s parliament passed its media bargaining code after making amendments that caused Facebook to decide to reverse its ban on journalism links—then promise to pay the news industry more. Canada vowed to enact parallel rules, but Facebook says it’d rather call the shots on who gets the cash: the Australian law seems to reward oldsters.


A month of online apologies

The law firm Gowling WLG apologized for “our screensaver message” which was evidently part of an effort to gather staff anecdotes on Instagram in honour of Black History Month. More apologies came from CTV, which now promises to review all its retro video streams after highlighting Delta Burke’s blackface on Designing Women.


I used a word in a tweet last night that I shouldn’t have used and for that I am truly sorry.Doug Smith observed how Dwight Howard looked like “more of a thug than a basketball player.” But the Toronto Star reporter reconsidered the word. This coincided with Masai Ujiri talking to ABC’s Good Morning America about being shoved.


Bracketing times at Rye High

The Ryerson School of Journalism has been making more news in the remote learning era, as a polemically Catholic student filed a human rights complaint about one campus newspaper at the same time he’s getting a credit for working on another. After much virtual classroom rebellion over that, the magazine team is taking another stand:


Global News Radio will sweat less with more oldies. Dick Williams, who started as a music DJ on London, Ontario, station CFPL in 1960, is back on those airwaves in a sign of Global trying to steer itself away from talk radio controversy. Meanwhile, the recently downsized Bell Media is adding an overnight show hosted from Toronto by Jim Richards.


Finally, an impenitent Peacock

Nurses ended its emergency first season airing in America with even less likelihood of a second-year pickup following the bad press it received for a scene perceived as anti-Semitic. The producers behind the Canadian series offered a mea culpa about the episode, which aired one year earlier on Global TV, whereas NBC just disappeared it:

Plenty of room at the Hotel Quarantina

Checking in isn’t for everyone

Three-day hotel quarantine for most international air travellers debuted in shambles, with stories like a boarding denied due to booking delays. Moreover, ignoring the rules upon arrival appears to result in a fine that’s lower than the cost of a hotel.


Memelords faceplant overtime

The federal NDP were widely roasted for lampooning Justin Trudeau’s agenda for chatting with Joe Biden, while evidently matching wits with Erin O’Toole’s pledge to send the PM to an outhouse. But the Zoom summit was a friendly affair, which followed a teaming with Australia to legally force American web giants to pay other media.


Deciem is now worth more to Estée Lauder. “The Abnormal Beauty Company” based in Toronto has a $2.2-billion valuation, with its American multinational stake on the path to full ownership. Deciem founder Brandon Truaxe had a string of social media incidents prior to being removed as CEO three months before he fell to his death.


A bet that’s set for a big payoff

While cable cord-cutting is helping kill off cable specialty channels, the Headline Sports station operation’s 2012 pivot to a mobile app looked increasingly clever as more U.S. states legalized digital gambling. And with Canada closer to following suit, Score Media’s plan for a listing on Nasdaq is turning out to look like a pretty good roll:


The drawback of having a Canadian drama air in America. Nurses sounded like a discount acquisition for NBC in lieu of pandemic production delays. But attention to how a storyline portrayed Hasidic Jews as averse to transplants from the “goyim” prompted condemnation from B’nai Brith Canada one year after its airing on Global.


Finally, blessing Mother Nature

“It’s Raining Men” is being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, based on its ubiquity beyond the 1982 Weather Girls version. Paul Shaffer was never much of a composer, but he co-wrote it with the late disco maven Paul Jabara. The tune was then referenced throughout Shaffer’s decades with David Letterman:

It’s a new, new, new, new normal world

Filled with rules you can’t refuse

Toronto remains in lockdown, while northern neighbours in York Region get a taste of the red zone, which includes allowing restaurants to seat 10 customers. But the Ontario stay-at-home order has also stayed in Peel, where international travellers arriving at Pearson Airport are navigating the new world of being whisked to a quarantine hotel.


The year’s biggest food bill

Adamson Barbecue owner Adam Skelly’s bill for Toronto city expenses related to illegal reopening may be covered by donations, but it could set a precedent for downloading police services onto individuals. Meanwhile, four people charged for allegedly tossing glass bottles from a 45th-floor balcony had the mayor comparing them to Chair Girl.


The government approved a negotiating mandate that would facilitate the future sale of the site, however the site has not been sold.” The Dominion Foundry, whose demolition became a Toronto political flashpoint before it was halted, was quietly shopped by the province—which is aiming to secure affordable housing out of the deal.


Spaceship imagined at the CNE

Toronto’s exacerbated housing crisis has been highlighted further by Khaleel Seivwright, the carpenter calling for the city to drop its lawsuit against him for building tiny shelters in encampments. Concurrently, a proposed future for generally vacant Exhibition Place was unveiled, and it involves a $500 million hub for first-person shooters:


Sarah Nicole Prickett makes for a great supporting character in a 10,000-word profile. The New Yorker writer Ian Parker’s epic piece on artist Nicole Eisenman features a useful muse in the art critic who was formerly a fixture of Canadian publications. The pair’s recent personal relationship has also manifest in the SNP tattoo starter pack.


Finally, dialling down off AM

Global News Radio became synonymous with static in recent months, as owner Corus Entertainment deals with the current media climate. This included liberal Edmonton host Ryan Jespersen getting fired after a politician complained, then conservative Calgary host Danielle Smith concluding she wasn’t welcome. The two had a good chat:

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