“Pomegranate” sounds like a bid for a brighter time from Deadmau5, the DJ from Niagara Falls, Ontario, who circulated amidst celebrity a decade ago but never got a hit song out of it. The mouse-headed Joel Zimmerman recorded this one with the Neptunes, featuring the voice of part-time Toronto condo designer Pharrell Williams.
Facing up to masks everywhere
What was once seen as inconsequential toward stopping the spread of COVID-19 is now the stuff of government advisories from the top, as masks are now officially advised in situations where distancing is difficult. Ontario is emphasizing public transit in its recommendation to wear cloth masks.
Twitter is testing a tool designed to sideline the ratio. Conversation settings that let users choose who can directly reply to a tweet stand to limit the exposure of unkind replies—which are regularly levelled at politicians. But then, a recent Pew Research Center study suggests that most of their statements on Twitter otherwise get ignored.
Reactions are remaining on ice
“Hockey Is Not for Everyone,” a personal essay at The Players’ Tribune by former NHL player Akim Aliu, drew attention due to details that included his calling onetime Windsor Spitfires teammate Steve Downie a “racist sociopath.” But when reporters went looking for comments on Aliu’s piece from current big leaguers, they didn’t get very far:
Mike Bullard’s defamation suit against Rogers Media got tossed. The comedian was seeking millions over a Chatelaine story about how his ex-girlfriend, CityNews reporter Cynthia Mulligan, felt about how the system treated her complaints of being harassed by Bullard. But a judge believed its publication addressed a relevant issue.
Finally, behind the trick mirror
Jia Tolentino, the Toronto-born New Yorker writer who explored her personal history in the book Trick Mirror, was increasingly tied to discussion of charges her parents and grandmother faced in 2004, for allegedly smuggling Filipino teachers into Texas, followed by a guilty plea from her father. And so, she posted additional details about it: