Media meeting Doug Ford in the middle

Just look at that new golden glow

Doug Ford only gave a year-end interview to his own news outlet last time around, but this year the premier spoke to the Toronto Sun, and let CTV know that he thinks Justin Trudeau’s minority government will “go the distance.” But the chaotic reactions to Ontario PC policies were roused again by the cancellation of Hamilton’s LRT project.

Let’s now stare at John Baird

Financial Post fixture Diane Francis advocating for John Baird as the next federal Conservative leader garnered reaction that included conversation about his personal conduct. Meanwhile, before MP Erin O’Toole could formally announce his bid to replace Andrew Scheer, the race got its first committed candidate in Bryan Brulotte.

Netflix Canada had a billion-dollar year. Documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission revealed $780 million in revenue from Canadian customers in the first nine months of 2019. The revelation coincided with word of federal Liberals readying legislation to force Canadian content regulations on streaming services.

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#SaveTanner trends at Cineplex

Amidst curiosity over what prospective new Cineplex owner Cineworld will do after buying the chain for $2.8 billion—a monthly subscription pass is their plan—came concern for the fate of Tanner Zipchen. The former Saskatoon radio DJ, who won his movie pre-show hosting job in a 2015 contest, was born to have fans presumably concerned for his fate after the acquisition:

Jack and Jill did the deed / But they forgot something they need.” Health Canada’s attempt to tweet a poem that had siblings transmitting a sexual infection was hastily deleted due to the reaction. Left behind was a trail of documents that should rightfully wrap a decade of bureaucratic committees trying to be clever online.

Queen of Christmas lives here

Mariah Carey has topped the Billboard Hot 100 with her 25-year-old “All I Want For Christmas Is You” with a gale force that sent the Weeknd tumbling from that perch. But the real smash of the season is Carey’s 2005 chart-topper, “We Belong Together,” being performed karaoke-style while paramedics wheel a gurney in the background: