Lockdown life brings a strange subplot

Priorities get ranked at Queen’s Park

Dance classes have resumed in Ontario in regions where gyms remain closed, adding to seemingly inconsistent provincial messaging. Along with that, a newly tabled bill addressing COVID-19 recovery proposes halting the use of ranked ballots in elections.

This one needs no translation

A $237-million contract issued in April for ventilators made by the medical firm owned by former Liberal MP Frank Baylis was about $100 million more than necessary. The front page of Le Journal de Montréal was fortuitously timed in the hours leading up to a parliamentary showdown that may result in a snap election call at the end of the day.

Quebec’s premier is sticking up for a professor suspended for using the N-word. François Legault accused the University of Ottawa of violating academic freedom for its treatment of Verushka Lieutenant-Duval. The art history and theory teacher says she used the slur in the context of discussing how communities have reclaimed certain words.

A new order of talking heads

The National moving away from its four-host format a year ago reduced Rosemary Barton’s airtime, while Wendy Mesley was recently cancelled from Sunday mornings on CBC. Rosemary Barton Live is promising a different spin during that time slot instead:

No matter what—even if she doesn’t look at me like that—I look at her like she’s still my friend.” Tory Lanez started quarantine gaining critical acclaim for his creative use of Instagram. Now the Canadian rapper uses the platform to claim innocence over charges that he allegedly shot Meghan Thee Stallion, who offered a succinct response on Twitter.

Finally, up against the election

Picture My Face: The Story of Teenage Head is the long-awaited documentary about the Hamilton punk band that originally intended to film its final footage at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, until this year’s festival was cancelled. Nonetheless, an end product will premiere on TVO on November 3, when the U.S. competition will be stiff: