Laughing at Russia’s list of banned Canadians
A three-letter tweet for our times
“LOL” was Ukrainian Canadian Congress president Alexandra Chyczij’s reaction to landing on Russia’s black list, among hundreds of MPs. The designation coincided with Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s appeal to Ottawa to help “close the sky.” Meanwhile, there’s a sanctioned Russian oligarch who has a stake in ongoing Toronto transit construction.
Failing to state this no longer
Steve Paikin’s ruminating about Patrick Brown running for prime minister received a belated disclaimer beneath, explaining how the mayor Brampton was felled by “a serious journalistic error.” But it didn’t further note the TVO host’s wife, Francesca Grosso, fact-checked and reviewed part of Brown’s self-defence memoir.
Sunshine Protection Act bill passage in the U.S. Senate brings Canada one step closer to being less SAD. Support for sticking to Daylight Saving Time was contingent on Americans wanting the same. Jeremy Roberts, the Ontario PC MPP who helped set this process in motion, made other news within the same day for coming out as gay.
Better than another parking lot
Vacant storefronts on Queen Street West became increasingly conspicuous as winter turned to spring last year. The trend was already more apparent in other parts of town. Toronto city hall’s hope to bring life back now includes turning a shuttered sneaker store spot earmarked for a park into this spot:
Nelk Boys are clapping back at Jimmy Kimmel. A monologue crack about the Canadian bro troupe, whose Full Send podcast episode with Donald Trump was banned by YouTube, led Nelk member Kyle Forgeard to suggest Kimmel pack it in. The podcast is still welcome alongside Joe Rogan on Spotify.
Finally, when scamming was IRL
The Talented Mr. Rosenberg is among the premieres set for the 2022 Hot Docs Festival in Toronto, which is returning to a primarily in-person format. It’s based on a 2015 Toronto Life article about the tactics of Albert Allan Rosenberg, who didn’t need Tinder to swindle, as hanging around Yorkville got the job done: