Canadians are increasingly enthusiastic about the vaccine rollout according to a Nanos Research poll taken amid the promise of a growing supply. It now includes AstraZeneca shots administered by some Ontario pharmacies for people aged 60 to 64. The national vaccine panel cautioned against it for those over 65, but Quebec is ignoring that advice and jabbing older folks.
Saying the quiet part out loud
Toronto bureaucrat Carleton Grant spoke for an entire planet of exasperated video chat users when he confessed to interjecting with two profanities in the 11th hour of a virtual meeting. Meanwhile, the city is telling the federal supreme court that Ontario trampled on basic democratic norms by cutting city council in half before everything went Zoom.
Jody Wilson-Raybould scored a book deal. “Indian” in the Cabinet is the title of a memoir in which the independent MP is set to detail her time as a Liberal under Justin Trudeau, including her side of the story of the SNC-Lavalin affair. It’s set to share shelves with a recently revealing read from former colleague Celina Caesar-Chavannes.
Revenge of the fanny pack
NHL rights didn’t bring the imagined renaissance at Rogers Media, but this hasn’t stopped Disney from striking a seven-year deal to air games on ESPN and ABC. A different kind of deal involving two countries is now taking shape on the football front, as XFL co-owner Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is part of talks with his former league:
Syd Kessler dead at 76. The creator of many memorable Canadian jingles went from Hamilton to the studios of Hollywood, where he further developed the craft that got him ahead in advertising in Toronto. Kessler’s account on YouTube has many examples of his success: the longest-running of them is Alfie Zappacosta singing for Pizza Nova.
Finally, a space opera bromance
Battlestar Galactica stars on Cameo have been weaponized by Toronto lawyer Kevin Wiener, who once gifted his media pal Elamin Abdelmahmoud with a box set of the Vancouver-shot series, only to learn it remained unwatched. Last year, Tahmoh Penikett expressed his contempt, and now Aaron Douglas has supplied a sequel: