Canada’s time for a vaccination culture war

The resistance to a two-dose fall

The lack of a vaccine policy in Ontario’s back-to-school plan isn’t an issue for the NDP, which has supplied the provincial Liberals with a wedge to link Andrea Horwath to Doug Ford. Meanwhile in Barrie, a woman who moved into a basement after being displaced by the tornado was told by her landlord, “This is an unvaccinated house.”


Sticking to her unmasked plan

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health is sorry for “confusion, fear or anger” stirred by the plan to have among the loosest public health restrictions in North America come August 16. Dr. Deena Hinshaw’s doubling down on the decision has further inflamed the kind of critics who’ve taken to daily protests outside the legislature building.


Elections Canada is preparing for a decision with extra suspense. Measures for a federal election during a pandemic have been planned and chief electoral officer Stéphane Perrault figures counting mail-in ballots may add two to five days to the counting. Federal health minister Patty Hajdu has co-signed these safety expectations.


How to cover your own funder

Facebook building its journalism friend list in Canada, presumably to circumvent Ottawa ordering it to make bigger payments, also increases curiosity about how these deals have been arranged. At least NPR discloses its funding from Facebook under the story of a Hamilton woman who bought an Oculus headset to get her account back faster:


John Cleese got a coupon after Airbnb assured his Huntsville house booking was never confirmed. The comedy legend claimed he paid for the stay in Ontario’s cottage country, where he’s due to shoot Cut the Painter with his daughter, Camilla Cleese. The film’s local director, Stephen Wallis, was also behind Burt Reynolds’ final picture.


Finally, a new gander at Gander

Come From Away was booked for filming back in February, when the reopening of theatres still seemed elusive—nearly a year after productions were shut down everywhere. But the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway had its stage dusted off in May, and the results will begin streaming on the eve of September 11: