Conservatives debate with a sad trombone
While oppo action grows in Ontario
Conservative leadership candidates had a less conventional debate in Edmonton with more questions that extracted their personal brands, while each violation of the civility rules was flagged with a sad trombone. Ontario cottage country MP Scott Aitchison is trying to reduce the combative culture in the political arena, a message of which rival Jean Charest approves.
The retroactive vetting game
Parry Sound–Muskoka no longer has an Ontario Liberal candidate whose self-published book said homosexuality may be caused by “depleted rebreathing” shortly after birth. Retired teacher Barry Stanley was soon joined in Steven Del Duca’s expelled club by Alec Mazurek, a Chatham–Kent candidate who once used a slur for gay people on Facebook.
Canada’s transport minister blamed rusty travellers for delays at the airport. Omar Alghabra’s argument that people fell out of practice with the rituals of moving through a terminal is being challenged by the sector. The flight attendants union has stepped in to highlight employees who end up “working for free“ for extra hours due to current chaos.
Counting regrets from @Imgrund
Twitter biostatistician Ryan Imgrund got noticed more lately for likening a maskless assembly to burning a school down. After that, Imgrund himself was suspended from teaching for reasons unexplained. And now, his approach to tweeting at doctors he took issue with led to a retraction and apology, which was followed a day later by this second one:
“With their newfound fixation on race and bloodline, Canada’s WASP elites are channelling a mindset that I thought I’d left behind in the former Yugoslavia.” An excerpt from Toronto writer Lydia Perović’s Lost in Canada addresses a Balkanization based on race, a theme she blames as a reason for falling out of love with a place once embraced.
Finally, it’s still kind of a drag
The Kids in the Hall launching their sixth sketch series season 27 years after the ending of the fifth continued its advance promotion with the troupe telling Jimmy Fallon that Lorne Michaels didn’t laugh at the TV product he remains producer of at Amazon. Just before its streaming debut comes a five-minute slice: