Conservatives wanna rock like kids once did

An election begins on September 11

The commissioned anthem from longtime Conservative supporter Jim Vallance leaked on SoundCloud, amidst the traditional debates over the etymology of “dropping the writ.” It’s all part of the fun to mark the official launch of the Canadian federal election.


Rhinos revived by maximum Max

Finding a different Maxime Bernier to run against the People’s leader in his own riding of Beauce is the comeback that the Rhinocerous party required. As for the other Bernier, his campaign kick-off is in Etobicoke, alongside star candidate Renata Ford.


RCMP got blocked on the SNC-Lavalin inquiry. A report from the Globe and Mail on the eve of the election call revealed that an investigation into potential obstruction of justice by the Liberals was stopped by the government, citing cabinet confidentiality.


Judy and Joker typify TIFF

Toronto was where critical condemnations of Joker could fully bloom, although others concurred with the accolades from Venice. TIFF also served Renée Zellweger with a standing ovation for playing Judy Garland, after she managed to not fall down herself:


A preschool preps to fend off pot shop. Beaches Montessori School is 30 metres away from the store where a Toronto cannabis retail lottery winner plans to open, replacing Randall’s Stationery. (Child care centres aren’t part of a 150-metre school buffer zone.)


A die-in survived by a line

Protests at the Toronto opening of Chick-fil-A were followed by a Jesus in the City parade prayer. Meanwhile, a Toronto Star attempt to dig into why the chain is lobbying governments met with no comments from those involved.


Fred Herzog dead at 88. Vancouver’s legendary street photographer started snapping the city when he arrived there as a German immigrant in 1952. Sixty years later, a comment Herzog made about “the so-called Holocaust” was followed by his retraction.


Finally, an exile in Nova Scotia

Robert Frank, the Zurich-born photographer who died at age 94, gained fame from his 1958 book The Americans—then moved to Cape Breton in 1971. Shortly thereafter, Frank was recruited by the Rolling Stones for Exile on Main St., but they didn’t enjoy what he saw: