Margaret Atwood is watching closely
And more Halloween weekend talk
Waterloo Region’s school board went from making headlines for policies aimed at a creating a more inclusive Halloween to making headlines for initiating a thorough review of school library collections. There’s fear that the board’s definition of “harm” will lead to proverbial book burning, after actual ones were discovered elsewhere in Ontario.
Standing rock rooms are back
Ontario gave live music venues permission to let fans stand at full capacity. But this stage of the reopening roadmap won’t reach other nightclubs, strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs until November 15. Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie fears these restrictions are being lifted too fast: the province has set a tentative total freedom date of March 28.
Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville resigned due to his prior job having been with the Blackhawks. It’s part of the fallout from Kyle Beach coming forward as a face of allegations from his time in Chicago. Attention to Beach’s interview with Rick Westhead on TSN has led Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman to regret missing the story.
Stand-up message to heaven
The joke that went to the Supreme Court didn’t breach the limits of free speech, according to a 5–4 judgment. Five years ago, Quebec’s human rights tribunal ordered Mike Ward to pay $35,000 to Jérémy Gabriel for a stand-up comedy bit regarding the disabled child singer. Ward’s appealing to the top have led it to be ruled as not discriminatory:
Norm Macdonald @normmacdonaldI am bilingual but can't do standup in two languages.Only @MikeWardca can. He is a genius and was fined $40,000 for offending THEM. THEM
Matthew Perry got a mid-seven-figure deal to write about his private struggles with addiction. The planned memoir will be the first from any star of Friends. In other news involving a 1990s TV funnyman with Ottawa roots, Tom Green followed up last year’s virtual reunion with his ex-wife Drew Barrymore by visiting her daytime show.
Finally, she’s not Dr. Rogers
Martha Rogers fell short of her initial threat to “tweet every hr on the hr what’s actually happening,” although she contributed to a week of content about her family’s boardroom battle. Father Ted’s past lieutenants approve Edward’s moves, and Martha has thoughts about these Rasputins. But fact checking swings every which way: