Milking this victory for all it’s worth
The view from CUSMA vs. USMCA
A complaint about Canada’s dairy quota practices was filed by Washington under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The decision found American farmers declaring victory at the same time Ottawa claimed it endorsed supply management. But thieves of $200,000 worth of butter from two abandoned trucks haven’t been found.
The party plane is grounded
Transport Canada issued a statement in response to a flight to Cancun that featured copious boozing and vaping among young passengers. An influencer group called 111 Private Club featured the footage on Instagram. But their return trip to Montreal has been cancelled by Sunwing, pending an investigation that may lead to federal fines.
Toronto will close 44 library branches in anticipation of staffing shortages. The decision anticipates more city employees calling in sick this month due to COVID-19, while a return to online learning has roused parental boycotts. Among the industries and employees impacted by lockdowns, cinema closures appear particularly illogical.
Primo takes to empty streets
A newly published GQ profile of Masai Ujiri captures his life in a time before Omicron restrictions that have found the Toronto Raptors president sitting alone in Scotiabank Arena. As a result, Josh Primo of the San Antonio Spurs played a homecoming game before a bunch of empty seats, but the 19-year-old’s team acknowledged his roots:
CBC rant outs defunding back on the radar of Erin O’Toole. National attention to comments from Tara Henley on why she resigned gave the Conservative leader a window to mention a promise that fell off the radar during the election. Henley’s own Lean Out podcast launched with a chat about the double standards of “woke media.”
Finally, flipping off “Freewill”
Rush has followed its recent branding of craft beer with a pinball machine set for a debut at the Consumer Electronics Show. The first look involves videos that include Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson recording the voiceovers under supervision of pinball machine collector Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies, and the finished product: