Doug Ford’s safest media space is @6ixbuzztv
A new state of shitposting in Ontario
6ixBuzzTV, an Instagram account with over a million followers, is where the premier’s office appears happiest to interact. It’s cheaper than buying commercial time as part of a pricey effort to fight carbon pricing. And another new media outlet is approved by DoFo: wife Karla is in NL Women’s Magazine, which also did a photo session with all four Ford daughters.
Kinga’s slant on the proceedings
Continuing her habit of making youthful memes is MPP Kinga Surma, evidently referring to budget-cut criticism from the likes of the Toronto Board of Health.
John Tory enjoyed a drag show. The mayor tweeted about Mother’s Day brunch at Glad Day Bookshop. A video from the event prompted some Post Millennial clickbait about how Tory stuffed a $5 bill into a thong.
Putting a price on hate speech
Paramount Fine Foods owner Mohamad Fakih was awarded $2.5 million by an Ontario judge, who ruled that he and the restaurant chain were clearly targeted in a series of videos.
“My inner self has never felt so colourful and vast.” Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei CFO fighting extradition to the U.S., wrote a letter to employees from Vancouver. Huawei has also hired a team of lobbyists and publicists to try and keep itself in Canada’s telecom game.
What was Alex Trebek doing in Ottawa?
The host of Jeopardy says he hopes that he’s finished with chemotherapy treatment for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Meanwhile, he returned to his university town to join Justin Trudeau in opening this new HQ:
The Unknown Comic is unmasking himself. Murray Langston, a fixture of Canadian-made variety TV before he put a paper bag on his head in 1976—and became a famed regular on The Gong Show—is telling his life story on comedy producer Barry Katz’s podcast, Industry Standard. (Unknown also sells bagged video selfies for $40 on Cameo.)
Finally, whatever will be, will be
Doris Day died at 97, and the tributes flowed for the singer of “Que Será, Será.” While she kept a low profile in retirement, Day’s name made for huge Canadian news in 2000, when Rick Mercer coaxed over 370,000 people to sign this particularly peculiar petition: