Politicians caught in acts without masks

The new way of being human beings

Patty Hajdu said she only removed her face mask to eat or drink after a tweet with a photo of her at Pearson airport in Toronto showed no edible evidence, rousing detractors and defenders of the federal health minister. Ontario MPP Sam Oosterhoff apologized for his own photo from a legal gathering where a group posed in proximity.

Content advisory: Blackface

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm has a joke about two “Africans” becoming political leaders: Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau. (The latter required a disclaimer.) No comment on this was offered in response from the PMO.

LevellingTheDigitalPlayingField.ca. That’s the address advertised by News Media Canada in its printed campaign to get the federal government to advance on the prospect of forcing Google and Facebook to subsidize local news. Google Canada’s response to the escalation: “The future of news should not harm a free and open web.”

The last stand for Viceland

Dark Side of the Ring, the Canadian-produced wrestling documentary series, is now the most popular show on Vice TV—eclipsing other promises to revolutionize media for millennials. But a private-equity investment that once valued Vice Media at $5.7 billion has landed the company on the brink of possibly being sold off for parts:

Richard Vaughan dead at 55. The writer was reported missing in Fredericton 10 days before his body was found by police. RM Vaughan has received multiple tributes in the Globe and Mail, where he was a longtime columnist. He returned to his home province earlier this year as a writer in residence at the University of New Brunswick.

Finally, a typo falls off the vine

Drake chartered his own plane back across the border for a 34th birthday bash in L.A. while announcing his next album, Certified Lover Boy, will be released in January. But as much attention was paid to his apparent party menu, due to its accidental listing of raisins in the mac ’n’ cheese, an even greater offence than any lack of social distancing: