Ottawa’s chief medical officer of health is even questioning the city directive to avoid window visits—or risk the kind of fines that have become most associated with the nation’s capital. For its part, Toronto hasn’t banned the idea of using a bucket truck to wave to a relative, but all of High Park has closed in favour of video cherry blossoms.
DoFo is facing some new foes
A refusal to announce target dates for the reopening of Ontario has brought on some presumption that Doug Ford’s support base will turn against his acceptance of medical advice. The premier also wants the rest of Canada to stay away from the province for now, while the mayor of Wasaga Beach wants Ford’s help to keep crowds away.
“How does CBC know how the majority of Canadians feel about our coverage?” Cindy Gu, the Canadian publisher of The Epoch Times, questioned a CBC News article about critics of free print editions critical of how China dealt with COVID-19. A Canada Post carrier felt that he was forced to deliver what looked to him like “weapons in a cage fight.”
A statement stays on brand
The race to replace Andrew Scheer is back on, with an August 21 deadline for mail-in ballots rather than a Conservative convention. And still in that running is Derek Sloan, the Eastern Ontario MP under fire from his own caucus colleagues for an attack on chief public health officer Theresa Tam, which he walked back without an apology:
Glen Murray would like to lead the federal Greens. The former mayor of Winnipeg, who briefly imagined becoming mayor of Toronto before his turn as an Ontario Liberal MPP and cabinet minister, is seeking a job in Ottawa. After thinking he was finished with politics, Murray is the most high-profile aspiring replacement for Elizabeth May.
Finally, no sweat needed here
Prince Andrew High School in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, was named in 1960 for Queen Elizabeth’s newborn third child. But this turned problematic after Andrew became the subject of allegations tied to the late Jeffrey Epstein. The name of recently slain RCMP constable Heidi Stevenson sounds like an ideal change, even if it has actual opposition: