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Pride in Toronto becomes harder to find
When it’s broken on the outside
The naming of Blue Rodeo Drive was accompanied by Toronto’s mayor explaining the delay of infrastructure to catch up to the needs of approaching summer. Public garbage bins have also gotten more unsightly in late-pandemic times. But a more personal cause for John Tory are the provincial transit plans potentially butting up against Osgoode Hall.
MTG points weapon at PMJT
America’s new tweeter-in-chief was on-brand with her suggestion that Canada’s new gun laws could lead to a Russian invasion. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s concern extends to the congresswoman’s view that the U.S. will then need to intervene. The proposed freeze on ownership has also led to reports of legal handguns selling like hotcakes right now.
B.C. will be the first province to decriminalize small amounts of certain illicit drugs. Carrying a cumulative 2.5 grams of opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine or MDMA will be officially added to a list of exemptions next year. The limit is less than B.C. asked Ottawa for, while Alberta’s outgoing premier believes it’s the start of a slippery slope.
Hedley is making new headlines
Closing arguments have been heard in the sex assault trial of Jacob Hoggard, and now there are details of what the jury didn’t hear about the Hedley band frontman. Also criticized by the judge was Hoggard’s defence playing a secretly recorded call with a complainant. Now comes the revelation of yet another charge:
Wyatt Sharpe is the true breakthrough journalist of the 2022 Ontario provincial election. The 13-year-old from Clarington talked to the three major party leaders for his show on YouTube, but he was no more successful at getting Doug Ford than any broadcast media was. Sharpe has also been a published critic of pandemic closures.
Finally, mugging for this camera
VoxBox has been installed in Toronto’s Liberty Village as a successor to Speakers Corner, which was a fixture of ChumCity headquarters until the former home of Citytv and MuchMusic was sold 15 years ago to Bell Media. The new iteration outside the ZoomerPlex had its first politician input from a candidate surprised to be recognized by a random young person: