Lilly Singh: non-white non-male of late night
From Scarborough to YouTube to NBC
A Little Late with Lilly Singh debuts in September on NBC, weeknights at 1:37 a.m., even if such scheduled viewing isn’t likely to be heeded by the audience Singh cultivated on YouTube, beginning at her parents’ home in Markham. (Now she can make headlines for coming out as bisexual.) A Little Late will take over from Last Call with Carson Daly. (Before that, NBC used this slot for reruns of SCTV.)
Canadian angles on the college admission scandal
The guy who blew the lid off Operation Varsity Blues is Morrie Tobin, a Yale graduate who offered a tip about bribing a coach to federal authorities who were investigating his own securities fraud case. Along the way, the Montreal native worked on Bay Street, and caused commotion in Rosedale with an addition to his house. Meanwhile, the related arrest of Full House actress Lori Loughlin has led to Vancouver job losses on the set of her Hallmark movie series, Garage Sale Mystery.
“We are unaware of your source of information but wish to advise you are being misled.” Irving Shipbuilding vice president David Henley contacted Ottawa Citizen reporter David Pugliese, after Pugliese made inquiries to two government departments. The ministries are investigating how Pugliese’s name got shared with the firm, which is building $3.5 billion worth of navy patrol ships—a project connected to a criminal case.
Making the case for class cellphones
Students barred from using handheld devices will presumably turn to collaborative Google Docs as a new way to pass notes. The new phone prohibition in Ontario public schools has found resistance amongst some teachers:
Constantines singer says that campus radio saved his life. Bry Webb wrote an emotional Facebook post about how volunteering at Western University station CHRW lifted his suicidal depression. Such radio stations are petitioning for an exemption from Ontario’s elimination of their mandatory student fees.
TTC has chucked “form 718”
A report from the Toronto Star likened the transit system practice of filling out forms about fare evaders to police “carding.” TTC boss Rick Leary argued that the checks weren’t random, but part of a “graduated system of enforcement.” For now, that information will be less officiously scribbled:
Farm Boy has become the saviour of Sobeys. Empire Company had a messy takeover of the Western Canadian chain Safeway. Some of those supermarkets will soon become FreshCo stores. But the grocer envisions a richer future after buying Farm Boy, whose organic aura was instantly popular in Toronto.
Finally, subverting Sharon, Lois & Bram
Skinnamarink is the name of an off-Broadway play based on the McGuffey’s Eclectic Reader books that American schools used in the 1930s. The Little Lord experimental theatre troupe uses a Canadian classic to score its own creepy interpretation: