Freedom Convoy continues casting a shadow
The long haul of national nonsense
Saskatchewan truck driver Chris Barber got strategic advice from his former premier, who cautioned that the Freedom Convoy’s agenda could end up hijacked by others. The texts with Brad Wall were obtained by police as part of criminal charges filed against Barber. Meanwhile, convoy co-organizer Tamara Lich, had another bail hearing in Ottawa after allegedly breaching earlier bail conditions.
This will be over in two months
Pierre Poilievre continues leading the poll to become the next Conservative leader, after selling about 312,000 of 675,000 memberships. But, due to the voting system, it doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed to win. And so, Patrick Brown appears in Postmedia’s friendly pages to claim his approach is the one that can defeat Justin Trudeau in a federal election.
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Tiggy’s own 15 minutes sound like they’re up in Toronto. The grocery-delivery app launched last fall in Vancouver, and the expansion of this Russian-owned business was highlighted in a weekend feature from the Globe and Mail. But the pursuit of profit from 15-minute fulfillments via “dark stores” around major cities might’ve been optimistic.
Regulator is resisted in Quebec
Black comedian Xavier Boisrond is on the tablet screens of La Presse to say that the N-word he’d now like to hear more of in Quebec is “nuance.” It’s just one of multiple reactions to the non-unanimous CRTC ruling that Radio-Canada must apologize for quoting a book title by Pierre Vallières, which has been met with a drive to fight back by members of the media:
Patrick Watson dead at 92. The man behind the seminal CBC Television series This Hour Has Seven Days—which aired for just two mid-’60s seasons before he was fired for pushing the limits of journalism—became CBC chairman 23 years later. Watson was also the creative director and principal writer and narrator of the original Heritage Minutes.
Finally, the high priest of TVO
Mike McManus, who died on June 27 at age 91, was a broadcaster turned Catholic priest—who reverted to his original career when starting a family. He then spent 20 years with TVOntario, as staff announcer and interviewer of the likes of William F. Buckley Jr., Timothy Leary, Stan Lee, Colonel Harland Sanders, and one of the last chats with Marshall McLuhan: