Let them eat cheesecake baked by Doug Ford

You can taste the lockdowns lifting

Patrick Brown expressed fears that Queen’s Park will prematurely activate reopening plans, prior to Doug Ford outlining the further phase-out of emergency restrictions. Things have moved faster in Alberta: restaurants, hair salons and day cares can return before the weekend—but hotspot cities Calgary and Brooks still have to wait.

Hold that Bananaphone

Raffi Cavoukian was invited to do a radio interview about his expression of interest in the relationship status of B.C.’s chief medical officer, but he diplomatically demurred in response. Bonnie Henry might’ve doused Raffi’s enthusiasm anyhow, by clarifying that her cautious dating advice for singles should still remain within their social circle.

Toronto was spoken of as a potential bubble city for basketball. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he’s not ruling the idea out—which is enough to make sporting news now, as some Raptors returned to surreal solo workouts at the OVO Athletic Centre. Gary Bettman also reaffirmed his resolve to reboot the NHL.

An age of auto entertainment

The Toronto Zoo rehearsed how it can be experienced as a drive-thru, with a pre-booked 3.4-kilometre route that will maintain physical distancing from the animals. Meanwhile, as every major summer concert tour appears postponed by a year comes the first Canadian band playing to a car crowd:

Corey Hart returns just in time for the cancellation of his rival. “Never Surrender,” the 1985 single that was Hart’s biggest hit, has been updated as a pandemic anthem. The announcement of its May 29 release appeared the morning after Bryan Adams faced newsworthy fallout from a social media posting, renewing appreciation of Hart.

Finally, the best pol on TikTok

Goldie Ghamari, the Ontario PC MPP from the Ottawa’s Carleton riding, has spent quarantine perfecting her game on TikTok—which has received more Canadian press for being used by Jagmeet Singh. So far, the short videos from Ghamari range from pondering her puppy to jabbing at Justin Trudeau to taking questions from followers: