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Taking off from the Great White North
Still legally means wearing masks
“Canada is not the USA, you fuckers,” was how University of Ottawa epidemiology professor Amir Attaran punctuated his shaming of a United flight attendant for not wearing a mask on the plane. Attaran ultimately blamed the airline for being ignorant of current Canadian law—but this masked prof is also a seasoned veteran of intemperate social media scrapping.
Dressing plainly before the plane
Canadian airport screeners dressed like they were working from home in certain cities in protest of wages and working hours while overall chaos continues. Vaccine mandates have now officially been paused for travellers. Meanwhile in Ottawa, the Liberals are proposing another year of letting MPs appear remotely in parliament whenever they wish.
“You can’t put soup in a cardboard box. You can’t just put fries in people’s hands.” Restaurants Canada vice-president Olivier Bourbeau offered this response to the announcement of dates on which certain single-use plastics will be banned over the next 18 months. Six-pack rings and the straws on juice boxes have later deadlines.
The stars are leaving a scar
Playing in Buffalo for part of last summer (and all of the season before that) found the Toronto Blue Jays joining the MLB teams sporting a cap specially designed for the 4th of July. But being back on home turf made another round of the idea seem bizarre. The subsequent social media mockery was acknowledged with a seemingly quick fix on New Era’s website:
Ketchup patriotism has assumed a frozen form. French’s is honouring the tomato town of Leamington, Ontario, along with Toronto and Vancouver giveaways of ketchup on a stick. The ice pop are the latest assertion of domestic loyalty from French’s, while Heinz’s marketing consists of matching hot dog quantities with Wonder Bread bun packaging.
Finally, deep in a Drake vortex
Honestly, Nevermind, the surprise album on which Drake forsakes most rapping for a house music revival, brought subplots like a real rabbi officiating his video wedding to 27 women, and taking a congratulatory call from an infamous impersonator. But the mixed reviews for the music itself have put Drizzy on the defensive: