Stepping aside from hosting the nightly etalk to “make way for new, diverse voices” was framed as Ben Mulroney acknowledging why his wife Jessica was cancelled by CTV along with losing her other public gigs. Mulroney will continue to work on the Oscars red carpet, develop other projects at Bell Media, and remain co-host of Your Morning.
Biebs tweets back at accuser
Sexual assault allegations against Justin Bieber surfaced on a now-deleted Twitter account. The claim from a woman who identified herself as Danielle corresponded with reports of his whereabouts during the 2014 South by Southwest music festival. But the singer countered with receipts showing where he actually stayed that weekend.
Peel District School Board officials want to find out who’s been tweeting about them. A legal action is targeting six accounts making claims of bigotry in the schools, which appeared after Queen’s Park directed a review into these issues. The report led Ontario education minister Stephen Lecce to acknowledge systemic racism at the board.
Chronicles of higher education
The backlash against Margaret Wente’s appointment as a senior fellow at Massey College continued with a growing petition, along with three resignations related to the University of Toronto. Meanwhile, at the University of British Columbia, board of governors head Michael Korenberg resigned following attention to his Twitter likes:
“I can also confirm that the RCMP was not the source of those funds as incorrectly assumed in recent media articles.” A statement to the Toronto Star from Darren Campbell, an RCMP superintendent, disputed Maclean’s reporting about how the Nova Scotia gunman’s $475,000 withdrawal had the hallmarks of undercover operations.
Officer, this is still an Arby’s
Arby’s Canada looked into “100% true” allegations posted to Facebook by an apparent Windsor police officer who claimed that a colleague was denied his bag of food as two employees took a knee. The restaurant confirmed the kneeling occurred, but the cop in question declined his order and got a refund, contrary to the account:
Cineplex will keep face masks optional in its seats. As movie theatres prepare to reopen across Canada, the company has no plan to join large American chains mandating the popcorn-impeding coverings. Among those requiring masks is Regal Theatres, which was about to share ownership with Cineplex before Cineworld’s deal was off.
Finally, a lament for rap deaths
Bizz Loc is the Toronto rapper gaining wider attention for his new video, “Is it Worth It,” posed as a question in light of shootings that claimed the lives of 20 local hip-hop artists. (Four of them recently appeared with him on a 6ixBuzz compilation album.) Gunfire also erupted during the memorial for Houdini: