Painting the statues pink to further a point
Police respond with mischief charges
Pink paint spattered on the statues of John A. Macdonald at Queen’s Park and Egerton Ryerson at his namesake university resulted in charges for three protesters representing Black Lives Matter Toronto. Police chief Mark Saunders says their arrests followed standard procedure, but BLM members continue to refute that version of events.
An advocate is clapping back
Ontario’s community opportunities advocate Jamil Jivani was profiled by the Globe and Mail, with a focus on the criticism he’s received in that role. Jivani has taken aim at the hip-hop industry for promoting violence and recently cited “e-drama” as a reason for escalated gang warfare. He’s more likely to find support as a fill-in host on talk radio.
“How Justin Trudeau’s latest ethics scandal could spell the end of his career.” CNN global affairs analyst Michael Bociurkiw laid out the We Charity grant controversy, even as the rest of the Liberal government publicly stands by the PM. But deeper digs into the workings of We are revealing more wealth that appears tied to real estate.
Blue Jays will be flying south
Despite approval from the provincial and municipal governments to fly visiting teams in and out of Rogers Centre—even as Toronto stays cautious about relaxing other rules—the federal government rejected an exemption for baseball. The effort then began to secure space in a better stadium than the minor-league option in Buffalo:
Postmedia is providing a cautionary tale for America’s newspaper future. Chatham Asset Management’s pending acquisition of the McClatchy chain’s 29 media outlets spurred a focus on how much the U.S. hedge fund cut to the Canadian publications it owns two-thirds of. (Meanwhile, a Torstar merger with Postmedia remains a possibility.)
Finally, the Bloc contradiction
Yves-François Blanchet held a press conference to further deny sexual misconduct allegations. He’s part a growing number of Quebec celebrities facing such claims, from Kevin Parent accused of putting his penis in drinks, to Maripier Morin accused of biting a thigh. But the politician says the story that circulated about him is fictional: