Ontario election becomes a game of chicken
The premier can afford to ignore it
Thirty years after Chicken George played a role in the U.S. presidential election, the Ontario Liberals acquired a costume to demonstrate which Tories haven’t shown up for debates. But polling shows the only race is for second place, as Doug Ford’s re-election momentum even led to Toronto Star front page flattery.
Piling on Poilievre (en français)
Patrick Brown referenced “journaliste respecté” Brian Lilley in the process of attacking Pierre Poilievre for having previously campaigned in favour of the carbon taxes he now rails against. The first French-language debate of Conservative leadership hopefuls found Brown getting assists from Jean Charest in what their target called a “little coalition.”
Confusion over a CBC News story about Justin Trudeau cancelling a fundraiser appearance. What was initially headlined as having happened “after protesters hurl[ed] racial slurs” in Surrey, B.C., was changed to “protest-related safety concerns.” Other reports attributed the issue to protesters yelling at the mostly South Asian attendees.
Abuse Hurts drops its voice
The fallout from John Derringer officially being placed on hiatus at Q107 Toronto after allegations about his workplace behaviour picked up wider media steam that led to radio industry members wondering what was ignored, while venerating his longevity. But the head of the charity he boosted for years heard no indication of their spokesman’s reputation:
American broadcast TV upfronts ain’t what they used to be. And the slim pickings mean the Canadian model of structuring prime time around those shows is fading fast. But the Global drama Family Law has a slot on The CW network, while CTV’s sitcom Children Ruin Everything is left to the mercy of U.S. streaming discovery on the Roku Channel.
Finally, question after quarantine
I Used to Think I Could Fly is the debut album title for Tate McRae, who came from Calgary framed as Canada’s Billie Eilish, then navigated the surreal process of pop stardom in different states of lockdown. But on the other side lies interview product placements and a new music video about being a parking valet gone wild: