Obama and ‘O Canada’ join forces for C-Day

And the enemy is Andrew Scheer

Barack Obama boosted Justin Trudeau with a tweet that wasn’t paid for—although the ex-president has been rewarded for appearing at events from Liberal-linked think tank Canada 2020. The benediction of Obama arrived three hours and 14 minutes after Jagmeet Singh co-signed a recent “Tax the rich.” tweet from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “On it.”

Astronaut floats a new one

Liberal MP Marc Garneau, who previously scolded Andrew Scheer for lacking water-safety skills, was commissioned to drag the Conservative leader once more. Andrew Scheer said he was protesting a lyrical change being used as “a political statement.”

It’s been a year of fully legal cannabis in Canada. The anniversary of “C-Day” comes with legality for edibles, extracts and topicals, which can’t be legally bought yet. Also, news of more politically linked weed rewards: Jodi Butts, the wife of a Liberal party operative, stands to score significant bank on the board of cannabis company Aphria.

A public broadcasting face-off

CBC president Catherine Tait issued a statement about suing Conservatives for using CBC News video in a campaign ad. Tait doesn’t believe that adding reporter names to the suit compromised their credibility, although they’ve been removed as applicants. Meanwhile, the CBC opts for this frame to advertise political coverage on Facebook:

Meghan Murphy wasn’t invited to a radio debate about her event at the Toronto Public Library. Instead, it was city librarian Vickery Bowles who went on CBC’s Here and Now to defend the TPL renting a theatre for Murphy’s talk about gender identity. Mayor John Tory issued a statement that invites the library to reconsider the rental.

War on Halloween is a thing

Sloane Public School in Toronto issued an anti-costume edict, in the name of diversity and inclusion. CityNews facilitated a reversal of the policy after a parent pushed back:

Bread price-fixing amends created new disclosure overreach at Loblaw. Asking recipients of $25 gift cards to register them with sensitive information got on the radar of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, which reined in those disclosure requests.

Finally, keyboard fantasies forever

Beverly Glenn-Copeland, the Mr. Dressup regular turned Japanese music cult icon, is paid glorious tribute at The Outline. The first U.S. concert by 75-year-old BGC is slated for December, following the premiere of a documentary film about how he got here:

This is not a library that’s run like Twitter

But some are wishing that it was

Gender Identity: What Does it Mean for Society, the Law, and Women?,” a talk for which a room was booked at the Palmerston branch of the Toronto Public Library, has brought on petitions due to views of the speaker: Twitter-banned activist Meghan Murphy. But city librarian Vickery Bowles is seeing no reason to cancel the rental.

All rise for cheesy campaigns

“Punjabi poutine” proved a Canadian Thanksgiving hit for Jagmeet Singh, who also showed the NDP campaign plane off to his parents—and he’s winning a burger poll. What’s a Justin Trudeau to do? Well, the PM joked that a crying baby at a campaign stop was just jealous of his lustrous eyebrows.

Facebook Canada doesn’t seek to delete fake campaign news. Disinformation from the Buffalo Chronicle concerning Justin Trudeau isn’t blocked by the platform because it doesn’t violate community standards. The fake-news website has been around for a while, but sharing of it appeared to peak with claims about a suppressed sex scandal.

Trudeau aligns with Doug Ford

The federal Liberals effectively informed the Toronto Star that Queen’s Park is on the right track with plans for the Ontario Line. The party is now promising billions toward a transit route that its loudest mouth in downtown Toronto recently derided as bunk:

PETA alleges that one complaint killed its advertising against Canada Goose. Calls for a parka boycott lasted about a day on Toronto bus shelters before Astral Media removed the posters. PETA sued on the grounds that that Astral lied about the reasons for doing so, and presented evidence that a disgruntled Canada Goose ad agency demanded them down.

Resisting new secret policemen

There’s a looming Halloween deadline for the Sidewalk Toronto plan for Quayside to swim or sink. Skepticism may be reflected in declining job openings related to the project. Regardless, an end-run rally against the project is underway from Amnesty:

JBP documentary keeps on getting cancelled. Patricia Marcoccia, the director who started filming The Rise of Jordan Peterson before his fame, is gaining unprecedented publicity for a Canadian documentary due to cancelled screenings and a threat at a church in Portland. (The movie gets its next Toronto event at the Kingsway.)

Finally, a face on the fringes

Orville Peck, the terminally masked country crooner, has generally gotten the Canadian media to abide by his request for pseudonymity. But the New York Times wasn’t having it: Peck’s publicist confirmed an identity that had already been exposed. Daniel Pitout still stuck with the enigmatic alter ego while going to the Austin City Limits:

Weekend election madness! And other stuff

This will end in a week, maybe

CBC filed a copyright infringement lawsuit over an election ad that contained short clips from its programming. While journalists Rosemary Barton and John Paul Tasker were attached to the suit, the CBC said their names will be removed as applicants. The scenario still raised many questions about whether Barton can continue to do her job.

Golden turkeys of the election

Sad to see what’s happened to the once great Liberal Party.

Justin Trudeau’s top advisor thinks a working guy wearing a mandated safety vest is a Nazi dog whistle.

A world away from Jean Chrétien praising the dignity of work.
October 14, 2019

Yellow vests derided as dog whistles, an anti-Trudeau ad deleted from Facebook for violent imagery, WeChat hosting a Chinese-language Conservative attack ad that claimed “hard drugs” would be legalized by Liberals, and a Borat-style monokini worn by a protestor in Cambridge, Ontario, were among the weekend campaign moments to remember.

Chrystia.ca domain points to what may come next. No one seems to know where the website came from, but Chrystia Freeland succeeding Justin Trudeau as Liberal leader was in the air as she attended a Mississauga, Ontario, rally with him. Concurrently, there’s been chatter about Peter MacKay as Conservative leader if Andrew Scheer loses.

Fear of the NDP parliament

The prospect of Jagmeet Singh’s rise leading to a Liberal-NDP coalition brings a new terror theme for the Tories. But classic Grits still believe that all other parties are equally worst:

Toronto slang on the rise thanks to city’s growing pop culture relevance.” The Canadian Press asked University of Toronto linguistics academic Derek Denis to explain the wider use of terms like “waste yute.” But rapper Kardinal Offishall thinks it’s old news.

Marvel’s quiet Cancon universe

Alpha Flight comics creator John Byrne declines media requests to discuss his clearly Canadian spin-off of the X-Men, leaving others to decode its history upon a revival:

Milli Gould dead at 86. The fashion designer, who’s currently the subject of a retrospective at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, opened her boutique in that city in 1964. Milli opened a second location in Toronto in 2002.

Finally, the circle of censure

Chanty Marostica, a Toronto comedian, posted a regretful statement on Facebook in response to accusations aired after Marostica criticized Yuk Yuk’s giving its stage to Louis C.K. What happened here gets explained on YouTube by Montreal duo Aba & Preach:

Walmart is primed to come knock at your door

Brimful of brick-and-mortar ashes

Uber signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Cornershop, a grocery delivery service in Latin America that recently expanded to Toronto via Walmart Canada. The retailer previously tried to buy Cornershop for itself, but Mexican anti-trust officials blocked the deal, leading to this different new path for Walmart vs. Amazon.

Struggling to stare him down

Abdul Abdi, the Conservative candidate in Ottawa West-Nepean, was deployed by the party in an effort to keep a Liberal blackface defender and Liberal distasteful tweeter in the news. The new Liberal attacks include giving Andrew Scheer a MAGA-style cap.

Jagmeet Singh isn’t gonna talk to “RNN.” Rebel Media won the legal fight to cover the official debates, but the NDP leader refused to answer their questions. Singh used the French-language debate to keep calm about Bill 21 and resist a hardline on pipelines.

The interim newspaper saviours

A decrease in overall advertising means third-party election ads appear more prominent, even if they’re nothing new. And being able to buy the front page of the National Post gave the Canada Growth Council more mileage:

Leslie Roberts came out as gay to viewers in Ottawa. The news anchor, who exited Global Toronto after a conflict-of-interest exposé, now hosts CTV Morning Live in the nation’s capital. Roberts’ public announcement was timed with National Coming Out Day.

The spirit of crayon drawings

With less notice being paid nowadays to DJs on 102.1 the Edge, its affiliated television network reports that it’s still a coveted job:

Rupert Murdoch’s son now owns a small slice of Vice Media. The reported deal, which values the company at $4 billion, is a sign of faith from board member James Murdoch after Vice bought Refinery29. (This could also be life imitating Succession.)

Finally, a subversive validation

Robin Hatch, the Toronto ambient musician with a new album, knows exactly which man holds the only keys to Canadian late-night TV:

Back to blackface, back to business at 12:36

What’s been missed around here

New Mom, Who Dis?, the Facebook Watch show with Jessi Cruickshank, went viral thanks to six-year-old twins. But they had to compete with Liberal MP Judy Sgro getting exposure for a YouTube interview with GBKM.FM, where she said the PM’s blackface was an expression of mutual affection. (Sgro then apologized for what she said.)

The search for a new smear

Anatomy of a Manufactured Election Scandal” is the headline on a Toronto Star story that deconstructs a Conservative press release offering credence to Twitter chatter about Justin Trudeau’s 2001 departure from a teaching job. Canadaland’s Justin Ling made the case against a cover-up, to the chagrin of unyielding speculator Warren Kinsella.

Jagmeet Singh’s wife said that Rihanna following him on Instagram was better than their wedding day. Gurkiran Kaur supported her NDP leader husband sliding into RiRi’s DMs, even if he wouldn’t detail the exchange. Singh’s spot on CTV’s The Social generated the sort of likeable attention that seems likely to stoke more Liberal attacks on him.

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A short-lived shutdown story

Soufi’s will reopen on Friday, with assistance from Paramount Fine Foods. Earlier this week, its family owners closed their downtown Toronto café, alluding to threats stemming from son Alaa al-Soufi’s participation in an Antifa protest of Maxime Bernier:

Bell Canada defends defining some CTV content as community cable. The CRTC is questioning the use of national Bell Media celebrities to meet its obligation to produce non-commercial local content for video subscribers. Meanwhile, a partnership of CTV and Netflix will deliver a new wedding reality show with Jessica Mulroney: I Do, Redo.

Playing deep in the app trap

CBC is moving away from feeding Netflix, presumably in favour of its own streaming service, Gem. Similarly, the new CBC Listen app keeps the audio curation in-house:

The search is on for the next Margaret Wente. A new job posting from the Globe and Mail is for a full-time current events writer to “weigh in on the important social and political issues of the day.” Wente did that for almost 20 years until she took a buyout.

Finally, our new tabloid troll

Aaron Carter, initially known as the tween kid brother of a Backstreet Boy, is now a 31-year-old with a face tattoo. While brother Nick is concerned for his mental health, Aaron claims to have bought a house in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He described it as “A FUCKING CASTLE,” featuring maple syrup on tap. The home has been listed at $629,000:

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