Montreal riots while Toronto needs a drink

A tale of two cities locked back down

Montreal always seems ready to riot, and moving its pandemic curfew up 90 minutes provided the perfect storm. Police handed out more than 100 tickets and made several arrests as fires and window smashing accompanied the protest in Old Montreal. The crackdowns also reached a boat rented by Rebel News for its anti-lockdown reports.


The price of the park patrols

Pictures of public outdoor gatherings became fodder for panic in Toronto last year, which resulted in physical distancing circles painted on the lawn of Trinity Bellwoods Park. The return of spring weather was heralded with a warning the city deleted after a backlash, and councillor Josh Matlow sees it as a reason to legalize park drinking.


Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors Lands Topanga Canyon Compound. A real estate blog sparked New York Post reporting on four high-end homes bought by the self-described Marxist married to BLM Toronto co-founder Janaya Khan. The couple’s finances flow through a web that extends to for-profit companies.


Following new media money

The belief that an online casino can support journalism remains Torstar’s plan, as the publisher added sports betting coverage while hoping for government approval. But the era of charitable tax receipt status for media has come sooner for The Narwhal. Those ambitions are also part of a new outlet devoted to debating the future of Canada:


Matthew Fisher dead at 66. The journalist whose travels spanned 170 countries and 20 armed conflicts is remembered as the last globetrotting correspondent of his kind. He was recently hoping to follow 17 years with the National Post and Postmedia as a Conservative MP in his hometown of Ottawa, a move his late father made in reverse.


Finally, flying past the Falls

Tripping the Niagara is TVO’s three-hour follow-up to a four-hour tour of the Rideau Canal—specials that herald a “slow TV” renaissance in Ontario. While the premise seems similar to overnight Toronto viewing of 35 years ago, this daylight approach is mainly driven by drones—and accentuated audio—building to the roll up Clifton Hill: