Canada’s dog day stories of summer
High Park to weed store windows
The effort to find out how many drivers are abiding by the 20 km/h speed limit in High Park came amidst rising tension over cyclists getting ticketed for going too fast. Cycle Toronto is organizing a ride to protest the escalation: John Tory’s meeting with members of the group found the mayor willing to consider a car-free pilot project in the park.
The showdown never stops
The United People of Canada have been visited by concerned Ottawa cops at the former Catholic church property in Lowertown that’s being purchased to serve as an “embassy” for operations. The organization has established its own security force to guard what they’ve repeatedly denied is essentially serving as the new Freedom Convoy HQ.
Window coverings are allowed to come off at Alberta cannabis shops. The display rules were changed after the conclusion that a Calgary robbery spree was abetted by the blocked windows. Meanwhile in Ontario, a cyberattack suffered by a provincial logistics partner choked the legal weed supply chain.
The meta movie for millennials
A dramedy set in a video store in Burlington, Ontario, circa 2003, I Like Movies is based on the real-life experiences of first-time filmmaker Chandler Levack, who got an international distribution deal before premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival. It also provides another screen credit for the aggrieved former host of Cineplex’s pre-show:
Gord Lewis’s death has been rousing memories of Teenage Head. While murder charges for his son led to stories from outlets unlikely to heed their existence in the past, other tributes reflect the band’s impact. Eight years ago, a proposed statue of late frontman Frankie Venom was cancelled after a backlash.
Finally, perpetual breakup songs
Lauren Spencer-Smith was voted out before making 2020’s top 10 in American Idol, but the 19-year-old from Vancouver Island is becoming one of the more legitimate Canadian hitmakers to spawn from such a show. Ahead of her first album release came a U.S. television debut to remind you demand for teenage revenge anthems never gets old: