How to get out of the very last lockdown

Ontario is still making everyone wait

Benchmarks for the reopening of Ontario have now been reached due to accelerated vaccinations, yet the province remains at the first step of three. The chief medical officer is all for moving it up, but Dr. David Williams is also on his way out. Hopes for some of the world’s longest closures to end linger on the anniversary of the false restarts of 2020.

The avenger of Tory toxicity

Justin Trudeau is getting cranky about the minority Parliament, though an election call for fall will leave a lot of unfinished business. The voting on the bill to restrict conversion therapy also reinforced the split of Conservatives on social issues. But the Liberals are better at funnelling money to companies owned by friends of the PM.

Toronto police detained a photojournalist while clearing the encampment in Trinity Bellwoods Park. Ian Willms had his equipment confiscated and was later charged with trespassing. The standoff itself ended with promises of permanent housing.

The Youppi! of Las Vegas

Quebec’s government forcing French music upon its population might’ve raised the sensitivity to its biggest star pivoting to English three decades ago. Either that or the Montreal Canadiens being one win away from the Stanley Cup final meant that a Photoshop effort from trolling opponents was enough to trigger Habs Nation:

TIFF announces a hybrid format will be its new normal. The first Toronto film festival announcement doubles the amount of its downsized 2020 slate to 100 titles in theatres and online. Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is getting an Imax premiere at the Ontario Place Cinesphere, slightly offsetting the director’s dismay at smaller screen status.

Finally, this is not a TikTok