Ontario is springing into the after-mask
And the premier has left the country
Mask mandates have now been lifted in most public spaces in Ontario, although Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board stands alone in keeping the rules intact until April 1. Queen’s Park promoting the transition is bringing on the inevitable online arguments, but Doug Ford has left town to promote the province to America.
The price of a revolving door
A summary of transition costs revealed a charge of $3,832.11 for replacing Erin O’Toole’s mattress at Stornoway, where Candice Bergen has moved in for the duration of her stint as interim Conservative leader. As for the race to find a resident capable of sticking around, the latest two guys entering the race are little-known MPs Marc Dalton and Scott Aitchison.
TVO is getting grilled for more clarity on how close Steve Paikin is to Patrick Brown. John Ferri, a vice-president at Ontario’s public broadcaster, expressed regret for journalists being misled. Francesca Grosso was the ghostwriter of Brown’s 2018 memoir—but her TVO interviewer husband says she kept this a secret from him until it recently came up.
The next generation of Mammo
Toronto’s next municipal election can count on at least one lively match: Christopher Mammoliti, currently a school board trustee, plans to run against Anthony Peruzza—the city councillor who defeated his dad. But the last hasn’t been heard of Giorgio Mammoliti, who’s ready to run for mayor in Wasaga Beach:
“Hi friends—I’ve left Arcade Fire.” Will Butler revealed his departure from the Montreal band co-founded by his older brother Win was official at the end of last year, once their upcoming album was complete. The situation became clearer when Arcade Fire played three surprise shows in New York without Will.
Finally, the wig on death row
The Beatle Bandit was a recent true-crime book by Nate Hendley, which told the story of a 1964 Toronto bank heist involving a pink-painted assault rifle, and a culprit in a Beatle wig who killed a man before going on the lam. It’s also a two-parter on Canadian True Crime, illustrated by the unusual police sketches: