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Bikers meet dimpled police and squeaky toys
The anticlimax of Rolling Thunder
“No haven for fascism” graffiti alerted Canada to the fact that Ottawa is home to a bikers’ church, which hosted the inevitable Sunday morning service after a weekend of Rolling Thunder. But this feared Freedom Convoy sequel had counter-protesters armed with squeaky toys, and a meme-worthy cop character nicknamed Officer McDimples.
Pedal pubs get sober support
The vision of a pub-on-wheels service in Toronto was approved by the city licensing committee, which increased the recommended number from two to eight. But that’s with the condition that alcohol isn’t served while 16 seats are biked between taverns. This weekend, a pedal pub accident in Atlanta resulted in a DUI charge for the driver.
Steven Del Duca’s promise to cut all Ontario transit fares to $1. If elected, Liberals would apply the discount to every line until January 2024, even for a typically more expensive GO train trip. The vow is juxtaposed against Doug Ford’s highway building ambitions, but the premier is the one doing a funding photo-op with Justin Trudeau at Stellantis in Windsor.
A foreword by Kim Campbell
Enthusiastic reviews already arrived at the Indigo website for What We Lost: Inside the Attack on Canada’s Largest Children’s Charity, from the publisher behind books like Patrick Brown’s Takedown. Tawfiq Rangwala is the author with ties to Craig and Marc Kielburger. It received a share of weekend newspaper ink:
Jury selection has started in the Toronto trial of Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard. Sexual assault charges filed in 2018 led to a not guilty plea the next year, followed by pandemic delays. Hedley continued to tour as allegations appeared online, although the band got cancelled by everyone before it stopped.
Finally, because life’s still like this
“Complicated” was part of the set list for the debut concert tour from Olivia Rodrigo, who was 11 months away from birth when the original was released. Before her own Casino Rama concert, after which Avril Lavigne’s day-old tour got sidelined due to a case of COVID-19, a summit of teen stars past and present took place in Toronto at Massey Hall: