First day of the new lockdown lifestyle

A new season of dealing with it

Small businesses are raging against the lockdown imposed by Ontario, which limits non-big-box retailers to delivery and curbside pickup in Peel and Toronto until at least December 21. The book industry is also mounting its own argument against closures.

Toronto street scenes get tense

Toronto municipal property won’t allow tiny shelters, so carpenter Khaleel Seivwright plans to find private spaces willing to host his initiative, as concern over a winter pandemic housing crisis inspired “foam domes” to be built outside the mayor’s condo. But some glowing green liquid in a city sinkhole made for international news.

How a Pal of Crack-Smoking Toronto Mayor Fueled the Latest Trump Conspiracy.” Sean Craig’s piece for The Daily Beast probes Joe Warmington’s role in stoking claims that Dominion Voting Systems meddled in the U.S. election. Someone from the Toronto-founded company finally went on Fox News to deny conspiracy theories.

Mulroneys on the royal record

Jessica Mulroney spoke to the New York Post about coming back from a career crash and disputed a source claiming she was on the outs with Meghan Markle. And after seconds of attention for Canada in The Crown, a call to Brian Mulroney sought to clarify the truth about the Commonwealth sanctions against South Africa:

Joaquin Phoenix wears different masks around Toronto. The Joker star attended a vigil for animal rights activist Regan Russell, just one sighting as his wife Rooney Mara shoots Nightmare Alley. And as The Man from Toronto continues filming around town, a billboard from a fitness trainer seeking a selfie with Kevin Hart met with success.

Finally, heartthrobs of lockdown

“Monster” is the new single by Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes and also a big break for Toronto songwriter Mustafa. The duo performed it on a socially distant American Music Awards that also featured the Weeknd looking extra Jokerfied. But his fellow provincial compatriots are formidable rivals in the growing genre of self-isolated pop: