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Air Canada’s CEO posted his regret in French
Peak gotcha journalism in Quebec
A reporter from Quebec news channel LCN asked Air Canada’s top boss a question, which led to the revelation that he can’t speak French. Michael Rousseau called it “a testament to the city” that he’s lived unilingually in Montreal for 14 years. But he’s since apologized and promised to learn—much like Doug Ford allegedly wants to do.
This account is also sorry
Fears of a prolonged pandemic were projected by Health Canada messaging that approval of COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 would be a drawn-out process compared to the American kids already getting them. Meanwhile, third-dose eligibility is growing in Ontario, as the booster-shot list is about to expand.
Kevin Vuong’s company may have to pay back the sales tax it collected on over a million face masks. Take Care Supply says it will continue to collect GST and HST, despite not being required to since November 2020. The startup co-founded by the independent Toronto MP is also facing a $1.5 million lawsuit from a former associate.
A rethinking of street theatre
The vortex of 6ixBuzz has been prone to controversies, but it took the tragic death of one of its recurring characters to draw hundreds to sign a petition to get it shut down. While a GoFundMe was created to give Alexis “Debby” Matos a civilized send-off, the city of Toronto will cover funeral costs. It also sparked a wider conversation:
Rudolph’s nose will shine on CBS before U.S. Thanksgiving. Last year, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stirred disappointment by not being streamed. This year, the animated special will get its first airing on November 22. Two voices from the 1964 Toronto production died this year: Paul Soles on May 26 and Alfie Scopp on July 24.
Finally, the queen of metal 007
Jaymz Bee may or may not be famous some 35 years after he started trying, but his musical contact list helped with a new project, Music for Secret Agents. The album of songs mainly synonymous with James Bond will be presented onstage at Toronto’s Paradise Theatre for the crowd easily delighted by “Goldfinger” a la Lee Aaron: