Prince Edward Island will lead us out of this
Reopening has to start somewhere
The first province set to ease up some COVID-19 restrictions might be P.E.I., which is looking at doing so on May 1, based on six consecutive days of total cases remaining at 26. Doug Ford says the Victoria Day weekend is now a prospective loosening period for Ontario, after the premier was lobbied about it by his 12-year-old nephew.
Screen time for Sakura trees
A live video stream will be offered in lieu of the public gathering around the cherry blossoms, with initial reports indicating that the city of Toronto will close High Park during that time. But the Sakura trees won’t bring the same kind of excitement as a video of someone doing doughnuts at Yonge and Dundas before being chased by cops.
“Justin, we’re not here to talk about your socks.” A pre-coronavirus PM is shaded in a new memoir by his former Australian counterpart, Malcolm Turnbull, who found Trudeau more fixated upon footwear than reviving the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The quote provided an easy attack meme for aspiring Conservative leader Erin O’Toole.
The Doozers are here to help
Fraggle Rock was originally produced from 1982 to 1986 in Toronto, a fact that let the Muppet spin-off be viewed through the lens of Yorkville. No such production is happening now, obviously, but its resurrection is being shot on multiple iPhones, in what seems like a quick move by Apple to keep its TV service on the radar:
Netflix added 16 million global subscribers in a pandemic-plagued first quarter. Previous claims about its subscriber base suggests that about 230,000 of those new sign-ups were in Canada. Meanwhile, the accelerating race to bait streaming customers includes Rogers Ignite TV adding NBCUniversal’s reality show platform, Hayu.
Finally, meta-metal on metal
Eve of Darkness is an upcoming book about the 1980s heavy metal scene in Toronto, whose contents are being previewed on Facebook. The effort has paralleled Tomorrow is Too Late, which chronicled hardcore punk during the same time and place. But this trailer is a reminder that the camps were never caught dead together: