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Choose your own Canadian dictator
Maybe his dad is Fidel Castro after all
“According to the Oxford Dictionary,” said Rachael Thomas in her attack on Justin Trudeau, “a dictator is a ruler with total power over a country, typically one who has obtained control by force.” The reaction to the Conservative MP from Lethbridge, Alberta, brought on searches for how many times Stephen Harper was called one, too.
The premier of the Metaverse
The promise of creating 2,500 new jobs in five years from its Canadian engineering hub brought Doug Ford to Meta, which plans to open a new downtown Toronto space despite the shift to remote work. Recent attention to the city’s status as a booming tech town was validated, despite all the fears about the influence of Facebook and Instagram.
Broadcasting Act update still struggling to define how deep will get into regulating YouTube. The line between user-generated content and the platform hosting the most videos still hasn’t been drawn into Bill C-11. Next up is legislation involving news content, and questions about involving the CRTC.
No ivory towers in Rosedale
Midtown Torontonians banding as BeRationalTO had their official say about the pilot project that added bike lanes to Yonge Street. The stretch from Davisville to Bloor was concurrently hosting patios during the pandemic. One opponent to permanence said everyone around there has a car, and one political veteran was there to take their side:
Toronto is letting people get close to the cherry blossoms again. After two years of restricting sakuras to video viewing via BloomCam—which once captured a tree-climbing trespasser—the groves won’t be fenced this spring. Nature is also healing in the form of International Pillow Fight Day festivities returning to Nathan Phillips Square.
Finally, we’re all taked out now
The Slap administered by Will Smith to Chris Rock turned hot takes into something best left to seasoned comedians like Jim Carrey. But this didn’t stop CBC Manitoba from asking for specific opinions from the Black community in Winnipeg. And, in the National Post and beyond, this contrarian tried making a point: