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Omicron won’t be gone with November
Politicians will be dressed to deal
The removal of a pre-departure molecular testing requirement for travellers, on a date announced a month ago, has now coincided with fears of the omicron variant coming through airports due to a lack of mandatory COVID-19 arrival tests. Four cases have now been confirmed in Ontario, as the experts newly debate the efficacy of vaccines.
A shot across the screens
The hybrid House of Commons now comes with a dress code for parliamentarians participating remotely. Prior indiscretions of naked and urinating former Liberal MP William Amos motivated the enforcement. Environment minister Steven Guilbeault using a bicycle as a prop in a video is also as unwelcome as masks featuring messages.
Cameron Bailey is now the CEO of the TIFF. The post-pandemic job is a big one for the Toronto International Film Festival veteran, who was previously “co-head” with the now departed Joana Vincente. Meanwhile, the TIFF Bell Lightbox will be boosted by hosting a premiere of Guillermo del Toro’s locally lensed Nightmare Alley.
Mick and Keith stay distant
El Mocambo owner Michael Wekerle spent years trying to wrangle the Rolling Stones to play at the Toronto club reopening—but the best he can evidently get is a backstage selfie with Ron Wood. For now, area fans will have to settle for a museum exhibit, which won $100,000 in public funding despite opposition from Waterloo Region staff:
“Frankly, I’ve developed like, severe PTSD from public life.” Grimes took to TikTok to lament her status “as some kind of Marie Antoinette-esque symbol for inequality in the pop stan community,” while teasing a new single called “Player of Games.” She had been on mute for the two months since confirmation of her breakup with Elon Musk.
Finally, pictures of room service
Bryan Adams ended up doing a virtual launch event, despite having travelled to Milan to promote his photos in the 2022 Pirelli Calendar, only to end up quarantined after a test showed COVID-19 was still in his system. But given how the concept is a day in the life of a musician, it’s just as well he was confined to the hotel: