‘Family Feud Canada’ is leaning in for a kiss
CBC wants to sell you something
Gerry Dee as host of the game show franchise was central to CBC upfront announcements that emphasized advertising opportunities, including on podcasts. Citytv, meanwhile, is hyping itself as an outlet for Canadian drama.
The viral Raptors reading list
The list of the original shortlisted names for Toronto’s team proved popular ahead of the NBA finals against the Golden State Warriors, along with the clickbait in defence of Drake.
Seven men are wanted after allegedly climbing on a police cruiser. Images released by Toronto Police dampened the news of no arrests after the Raptors won on Saturday.
Rastas enter the weed debate
While the province still hasn’t closed legal loopholes that allow unlicensed cannabis stores, there’s now the story of Rastafarians who consider marijuana to be a sacrament:
Renovictions are increasingly subject to revolt. Toronto councillor Paula Fletcher held a meeting about tenants being evicted in Leslieville. The renoviction trend was recently rebuked by $135,000 in fines for the landlord of 795 College over these tactics.
Lights out at Humber Cinemas
Movies are leaving 2442 Bloor West—opened as one screen by Odeon in 1949, then twinned in 1976—to most likely make way for the condo that Bloor and Jane teens tried to stop.
SHuSH is a real newsletter about real books. Kenneth Whyte, who recently launched the publishing company Sutherland House, is writing a weekly email about the world of non-fiction, and shipping it later on Thursday afternoons. (It’s the fourth newsletter being linked first at 12:36. The other three: ms.info, The Jumpstack, and Retrontario.)
Finally, imprisoned for incorrigibility
Velma Demerson, who died on May 13 at age 98, is the subject of tributes centred on how she was jailed in 1939 due to living in Toronto with a Chinese fiancé. Based on the now repealed Female Refuges Act of 1897, her “incorrigible” conduct was considered criminal.
A hike that went in the wrong direction. Wednesday’s newsletter item on the closing of Yorkville classical record store Grigorian meant to read that its monthly rent was raised to $30,000 from $8,000—rather than the implausibly stated “$8,000 to $3,000.”