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Pandemic politics lead us to Pizza Hut
Ontario eating feelings on Omicron
Pizza Hut scored an order from Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca thanks to a social media manager who used Doug Ford’s language to sell pies ahead of at least 21 days of nobody dining inside. The premier announced the restrictions after another round of laying low, during which time school was supposed to return, until it wasn’t.
The last days of Licorice Pizza
Movie theatres in Ontario went without concession stands for the holiday film season, along with capacity restriction mathematics, but none of it applies once cinemas are shut down entirely for a while. Meanwhile, there’ll be no 2022 return to any Toronto stage for Come From Away, which permanently ended its return within a week.
It’s the last day of life for the classic BlackBerry. John Chen, the head of the company still named for the device, explained the operating system decommissioning was drawn out due to customer loyalty. The shutdown coincides with BlackBerry getting a U.S. trial date for allegedly misleading investors.
Leaning out of work at the CBC
The month-old CBC News list of 18 words and phrases to consider avoiding continued to provide grist for American commentators like Mike Huckabee, whose clip was slapped with a fact check. The shift to such content led Tara Henley to lament the state of CBC clickbait in a widely circulated statement:
The Weeknd put Jim Carrey at the top of his album’s guest list. Dawn FM, set for release on the first Friday of 2022, was unveiled with a teaser trailer that has fellow Scarborough, Ontario, native Carrey listed ahead of Quincy Jones and Lil Wayne. Recently, there was less enthusiasm for the Weeknd’s duet with the late Aaliyah.
Finally, when Madonna calls
Tory Lanez uploading an ’80s-inspired album called Alone at Prom garnered little media attention amid his upheld assault charges for allegedly shooting Megan Thee Stallion, although it still scored streams. But he got more publicity for an Instagram comment from Madonna, calling out the Canadian for his illegal groove inspiration: