Digging the pit of Toronto’s bad dude of BBQ

Rebellion also reaped him $300K

The discovery of the lack of a business licence for Adamson Barbecue was raised by the Toronto Star to owner Adam Skelly, who said he tried to get one while paying $800 in fines along the way. Skelly also surpassed $300,000 in donations to defend himself against lockdown laws, in spite of a petition asking GoFundMe to stop the fundraiser.


A strange case for vaccination

Jagmeet Singh received a big blowback for framing COVID-19 vaccines as a way for people to get back to working multiple jobs to stay afloat, leading some to wonder if the NDP leader should stick to playing video games. Conservatives are pushing harder for answers about when vials will arrive in what the military is calling “Operation Vector.”


Canadian film exec warns of bleak future for industry after changes to federal funding.” Telefilm Canada suspending the Success Index, which measures performance of Telefilm investments, has met with criticism from producers who previously benefited from it. A program called Fast Track has come under fire for favouring those established players.


The movie defining our times

Thanks to star Kevin Hart having 100 million followers on Instagram, filming of The Man from Toronto is providing a window of post-pandemic aspirations, even when the star is complaining about the cold. Plus, a CBC Toronto Broadcast Centre devoid of most employees turned into a good place to shoot a party scene till the break of dawn:


Drake is lighting up a stimulus for the scented candle industry. Better World Fragrance House unveiled its first five offerings, including Carby Musk, the candle that “actually smells like Drake.” Drake’s venture caps a year in which scented candles were generally getting more disappointed reviews on Amazon, possibly due to COVID-19 limiting a sense of smell.


Finally, the new realities of Paul

Michel Rabagliati is the Montreal cartoonist whose graphic novel series about a guy called Paul comprises a semi-biographical nonlinear arc. The ninth of these books, Paul at Home, was recently published in English and brings Rabagliati closer to his current middle-aged reality, at the stage where he’s struggling to figure out what comes next: