That summer feeling no longer in the distance

Protesting in the time of COVID-19

Toronto’s march and rally to protest racism came with questions about the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who fell from a balcony after police were called to the scene of what relatives described as a mental health crisis. While the investigation is still in progress, chief Mark Saunders thanked the participants for an ultimately peaceful event.


Taking a few Flying Vs for free

A peaceful anti-racism march in Montreal was followed by 11 arrests during clashes with police, and the shattered windows of Steve’s Music Store led to a guitar free-for-all. Meanwhile, a rally in Vancouver transpired in support of Black Lives Matter, although the movement itself expressed concern about the need for distancing.


Trinity Bellwoods Park circles kept the crowds away. A tranquil scene came over the Toronto park, where vigilant bylaw officers scared off hipster flirting. Defiance of Ontario’s emergency act moved up north, to the Minden 50’s Diner, where owner Jason Lake was serving spaced-out sit-down breakfast customers until cops turned up.


Monkman’s happy customer

Reaction to his latest painting, Hanky Panky, led the artist to issue an apology for how it portrayed Indigenous women laughing at Justin Trudeau on his knees with his pants down. The controversy also drew the attention of a previous Kent Monkman art buyer. Toronto employment lawyer Howard Levitt considers it to be a good investment:


Torstar’s buyer says financing from Postmedia’s debtholder comes from a dedication to transformation. Nonetheless, their prospective common backing from Canso Investment Counsel makes a merger of the publishers sound plausible. Eric Reguly of the Globe and Mail believes it could help restore glory to the Toronto Star.


Finally, look at this photograph

“Chavril” entered the Canadian lexicon in August 2012, when Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne revealed their engagement. Their coupling didn’t last long, even though they remained musical collaborators and really close friends. But there remained the matter of a house the pair bought together, which finally sold for less than the purchase price: