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A mask avenger trolling Doug Ford
Ontario election drama comes to this
Federal quarantine act regulations in place until April 25 required Canadian travellers returning from outside the country to remain masked in public for 14 days. University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran noticed several political figures not following this rule. And so, he’s filed a private criminal prosecution against Doug Ford for being one offender.
Searching for friends of Steve
Even if it’s tough to find a Steven Del Duca supporter in his own riding, amid questions about whether he can win Vaughan–Woodbridge, polling favours the Liberals eclipsing the NDP as Ontario’s opposition. Search engine curiosity about Del Duca showed a spike after the TV debate, which got better headlines than the gravy train stunt.
François Legault assures anglophone Quebec that Bill 96 won’t restrict their health care access. The premier called out “disinformation” about the new language law stipulating that public service providers must prioritize communications in French. Bill 96 is nonetheless sparking a new wave of anxiety.
When the lobster eats itself
“Thin-skinned Jordan Peterson is wrong about everything but right about Twitter” is the take from Guardian columnist Arwa Mahdawi about thoughts that followed a critique of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover. Despite relinquishing his own ability to tweet, an interview with Pierre Poilievre gave JBP’s account a new number to brag about:
Google Canada continues its fight against conditions of the Online News Act. A blog post warned the search engine would break if Bill C-18 requires payment for links, not to mention funding biased news outlets. Ottawa is promising “minimal market intervention” is the goal, along with modernizing the CRTC.
Finally, a case against the 1%
The missing middle has become an urban planning buzzword in recent years, particularly in Toronto. And it’ll likely come up more with the shifting real estate climate, with declines striking the suburbs. The city’s conspicuous absence of mid-sized rental buildings is infamous enough to be a podcast episode: