Driving to the waterfront to breathe spring air is officially being discouraged—but this photo was busted as the byproduct of a CP24 truck parked next to them, on the lawn. The city of Toronto is now breaking out the concrete blocks to end these scenes.
What looks less concrete now
A petition calling for mortgage and rent relief across Canada is part of a movement to get those economics considered in COVID-19 measures. Toronto restaurateur Jen Agg explained her case via the Globe and Mail: “Without immediate rent help, I will drown.”
“They All Retired Before They Hit 40. Then This Happened.” The current state of the FIRE movement is explored in a New York Times story, featuring hate-read fixtures Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung. Currently, the Toronto globetrotters are self-isolating in a downtown condo they found on Airbnb—discounted from $111 a night, to just $39.
A very gesticulated eviction
Big Brother Canada contestants were denied the $100,000 grand prize—it was donated to charities responding to COVID-19 issues instead. But before the former housemates took their unresolved drama online, reactions to the end of the season fed an episode:
Cineplex faces up to having its temporary closure held over. While one condition of a pending takeover by Cineworld is to keep its debt below $725 million, Cineplex had to acknowledge that its April 2 reopening plan won’t happen. More likely to find fortunes revived are drive-in theatres across Canada, with new protocols, if not any new movies.
Finally, the masked trendsetter
Orville Peck struck a deal with the storied Columbia Records: not bad for a Vancouver punk drummer who relocated to Toronto to be a mysterious gothic country singer. A video for the single “Summertime” was unveiled with hope of getting back to it soon: