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Ontario’s top doctor unmasked for remote work
Riding the rage of the sixth wave
“He never rests,” said Doug Ford about Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, whose absence at Queen’s Park was duly noted as the sixth wave of COVID-19 took hold in Ontario. At the time, Dr. Kieran Moore was in the Dominican Republic. His return was met with regional counterparts asking the province for power to restore total mask mandates.
The party crash in Brampton
Kevin Yarde is the Ontario NDP MPP recently ousted at a nomination meeting in Brampton North. It led his fellow members of the party’s Black caucus to question the process that found Yarde losing his spot on the ballot to Sandeep Singh. After the election, the NDP plans to review its policy of allowing sitting members to be challenged in this way.
Bill C-18 earmarks $8.5 million for the CRTC to administer platform payments for journalism. The fine print in the Online News Act has brought out new criticism for a proposed law whose potential effect on the industry keeps raising questions. Meanwhile, the concurrent streaming bill looks set to be defined by the same old Cancon qualifications.
A book of Roz without Mocha
The tease of a big announcement from Roz Weston, co-host of a Toronto morning radio show currently heard on Rogers stations across the country, was promoted for a week on Instagram as something intensely cathartic. But the news was that he got a book deal with Doubleday Canada for an upcoming memoir:
Kmart is down to its last three stores in America. Mark Cohen, the outspoken former CEO of Sears Canada, thinks the discount chain could’ve been saved if not for hedge fund tactics. Canadian locations vanished upon a 1998 sale to Hudson’s Bay, but shots of a Kmart from 20 years earlier in Lindsay, Ontario, live on at the start of the movie Meatballs.
Finally, no accounting after taste
Aline spent nine months being pregnant with memes before French filmmaker Valérie Lemercier had her unauthorized Celine Dion homage seen enough to accrue reviews that lack enthusiasm. The author of a book dissecting the popularity of its renamed protagonist notes how the early age-warping scenes yield to the rest of it being rote: