A battle of Waterloo school library books
The culture war is being televised
Waterloo Region teacher Carolyn Burjoski made a video to state her side of the story from a school board meeting in which she was barred from raising concern over the sexual content of two books offered in school libraries. After that meeting provided its share of culture war content, the board’s next Zoom meeting can count on a crowd.
The contradictions in Kamloops
Disputes of the claims surrounding the burial site at the Kamloops Indian Residential School gained traction after a piece published in the Dorchester Review by University of Montreal professor emeritus Jacques Rouillard. But the leadership of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is currently aspiring to put names on unmarked graves.
“Florida feels like another planet compared with Quebec.” Montreal Gazette columnist Josh Freed won the weekend ratio derby for observations on fleeing for more freedom than he could psychologically handle. François Legault is being asked to deliver a reopening plan that the province says may be relaxed by mid-February.
United state of restlessness
The Canadian Trucking Alliance is denouncing the protests that began with a slow-moving convoy setting off from B.C. to Ottawa to rally against vaccine mandates on Parliament Hill. Meanwhile, as more public raging against restrictions continues making the news, federal data has turned up to reveal how many have been flying elsewhere:
BlogTO is now the property of ZoomerMedia. A new deal brings the Toronto website, founded in 2004, under the umbrella of the company headed by Moses Znaimer. The hyperlocal news site now has nationwide rivals like Curiocity, Daily Hive and Narcity. A national BlogTO spin-off called Freshdaily lasted two weeks in 2019.
Finally, a rock around the clock
Fraggle Rock shot its original 1983-87 series in Toronto as a result of Jim Henson’s prior production relationships in the city, which led to an early alliance of CBC and HBO. But it was Calgary that provided production spaces for the Back to the Rock reboot episodes that surfaced on Apple TV, featuring Foo Fighters doing rock clichés: