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Governor General gets ready for a land probe
Julie Payette to be royally investigated
Claims of verbal abuse and bullying at Rideau Hall have led to the launch of a review by Canada’s privy council office. While the allegations are being taken seriously by politicians, the possible process of ultimately removing Julie Payette—who’s nearing three years into her five-year term as governor general—appears up to the Queen.
The coffers are now emptying
We Day sponsor Telus severed those ties, according to the Globe and Mail, whose own sponsorship partnership with We Charity will also end soon. Virgin Atlantic Airways and the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust are other backers questioning We about the government outsourcing scandal, while Royal Bank is reconsidering its relationship.
Baltimore Orioles want to make homeless men happy. After the previous home field plan was nixed by Pittsburgh, the Toronto Blue Jays are waiting to find out whether the state of Maryland is willing to have them play in Camden Yards. Hartford offered its ballpark as an alternate option on the brink of the Jays’ season opener in Tampa Bay.
Hockey nights within a bubble
Final plans for how the NHL will return to play were unveiled: security guards, fencing systems and daily COVID-19 testing will be fixtures of the playoff season. But while the Edmonton hub benefits from the existing Ice District, the Toronto layout extends to Exhibition Place, whose Hotel X will furnish the better teams with less confinement:
Global News layoffs spell the end for its entertainment and lifestyle stories. A pivot by Corus Entertainment from the technicalities of television to chasing more social media clicks shifted yet again, to emphasize “fact-based journalism.” Another casualty was Global’s contribution to the field of daily podcasts, Wait, There’s More.
Finally, partying with Chair Girl
Marcella Zoia thanked her supporters via Instagram after the chair-tossing evidence of February 2019 resulted in a sentence without jail time. But her own videos from a celebration of relative freedom stirred a scandal of their own, due to the surrounding crowd on a downtown Toronto patio. The bar says misbehaving patrons are to blame: