Mattea Roach is free from Jeopardy
A star born wearing Merkel-core
The streak of Jeopardy wins ended for 23-year-old Mattea Roach when she lost by one dollar after 23 wins. She returned to her original province of Nova Scotia before the last game aired, but the fifth-most successful contestant in history will be back for the Tournament of Champions. Plus, her blazers got highlighted in the New York Times.
Raised in the face of Russia
Justin Trudeau did a joint news conference with Volodymyr Zelenskyy as part of a surprise visit to Ukraine, accompanied by Chrystia Freeland and Mélanie Joly. Their reopening of the Canadian embassy in Kyiv by raising the flag met with technical challenges. And, in the end, the visit was seemingly upstaged by U2.
“I have never written or used Postmedia as a platform to express my personal views.” Paul Godfrey’s byline appeared in the National Post to criticize its report on Conservative leadership candidate Patrick Brown equating Ukrainian refugees with Palestinians. Brown found unlikely support elsewhere for comments he later said were mischaracterized.
Plot twist from one regulator
Canada’s competition bureau allowing deals like Postmedia and Torstar to swap newspapers that were promptly shut down led to wondering about what it would take for the antitrust body to use its power to block a merger. The prospect is now looming over Rogers swallowing Shaw, although the companies are pushing back on that:
André Arthur dead at 78. The former Quebec radio host prepared tweets announcing his death after reporting his previously undiagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease a few days earlier. Arthur was elected twice as an independent MP, while driving a bus on the side, between his shock jock stints.
Finally, legend of the Black Lodge
Kenneth Welsh died on May 5 at age 80, after an acting career predominantly based in Canada. Those roles included the recent feature The Middle Man and a spot in the new season of The Kids in the Hall. But his career’s big boost arrived on the original Twin Peaks, playing the insane FBI agent Windom Earle: