Jagmeet Singh arrives to fight for whatever

The turban is off to court Quebec

“We’re fighting for you” is the NDP’s new French slogan, which is more aggressive than its English-language counterpart, “In it for you.” With it comes a campaign commercial meant to reach Quebec voters turned off by Jagmeet Singh’s turban. But the NDP leader has another problem: a report that all of his New Brunswick candidates jumped ship to the Greens.


Countdown to bozo eruptions

Getting a name on every ballot in Canada puts the Conservatives ahead of the number of nominated Liberals, which is currently at 276. But only the People’s Party can be counted on to hold a target shooting competition to determine which candidate attends a debate.


Margaret Atwood gets another screen deal. An excerpt from The Testaments has been published online, concurrent with Atwood appearing on the cover of Time. The sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale was listed for Booker and Giller prizes a week before official publication.


Note cards to rolling papers

The latest Ontario cannabis retail licence lottery was followed with at least 13 disqualifications—but the shop proposed on the site of an infamous CAFE store remains in the running. Meanwhile, the east end of Toronto awaits a location, possibly right here:


Barenaked Ladies keyboardist awarded $60,000 over a suspicious painting. Kevin Hearn sued the Toronto gallery that was ultimately unable to prove the authenticity of a work attributed to Norval Morrisseau, leading to a legal battle that sparked a documentary.


TIFF talk set to include incels

Beyond arguments about whether a comic book movie merits a TIFF gala, some first reactions to Joker dwell on its apparent empathy for alienated young males, even if its protagonist has a purpose. But these are the debates that feed the modern discourse:


Media Bloodletting: A Personal Story. Howard Berger, a former sports radio reporter who’s now a funeral director’s assistant, spouted off about his 2011 dismissal from Rogers after Nick Kypreos became the latest broadcaster “to part ways” with Sportsnet.


Finally, curse of an extra letter

“Teenage Heads” was how the Hamilton rock band was credited on Tornado, a 1983 mini-album meant to be their break beyond Canada. The name was pluralized to skirt suggestive connotations for a deal that quickly fell apart. So, the reissued LP package comes with a pair of Teenage Head concert tickets of this era, which come from a batch that never sold: