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Popping off at the premier of Quebec
Movies are back without a snack
François Legault may not have believed a “Popcorngate” could come to Quebec, but the premier was challenged by cinema scion Vincenzo Guzzo over the plan to allow theatres to reopen at half capacity, without concessions or evening screenings. As for Cineplex, the chain is willing to turn theatres into mass vaccination sites to stay alive.
The clamshell is now a car
Perhaps getting too comfortable with virtual meetings was to blame for Toronto city councillor Paula Fletcher ending up chastised by colleagues as she voted behind an automobile wheel as her assistant held the phone. The meeting involved what the mayor called the most difficult budget ever, including a property tax hike of 0.7 per cent.
“I think what Facebook is doing in Australia is highly irresponsible and compromises the safety of many Australian people.” Heritage minister Steven Guilbeault vows that Canada will make tech giants pay for journalism, something Facebook has shown it’s willing and able to block. Polling backed by newspapers sides with Guilbeault.
Take two at The Second City
A wave of accusations of racism at the Second City improv theatres led to the promise of changes, including the exit of CEO and co-owner Andrew Alexander—who also has yet to deliver a Martin Scorsese documentary on SCTV. The comedy educators are currently unionizing, as the company has now officially changed hands:
The Strumbellas singer is trying to heal and get better. Simon Ward reveals that his own mental health crisis led the Toronto group to postpone and later cancel a cross-country tour before the pandemic. But the band is looking to add to the Canadian radio staple status attained by the singles “Spirits” and “Salvation” with “Greatest Enemy.”
Finally, the armpits of history
Junk Filter is a podcast recently launched by Jesse Hawken, largely inspired by his interactions with Film Twitter, which has recently meant adding a dimension of absurdity to the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. But the discourse is also inspired by an era when the artistic mindset of filmmakers wasn’t influenced by fandom: