The battering of Erin O’Toole’s leadership
Senator’s surname serves as a verb
The petition to oust Erin O’Toole as Conservative leader from Saskatchewan senator Denise Batters met with disfavour from party president Rob Batherson. O’Toole himself was recently denouncing “a radical Liberal-NDP coalition” that hasn’t happened, while Justin Trudeau was in Alberta alongside Jason Kenney, for the children.
Parent seeks to trap a podcast
The White Saviors, a podcast miniseries from late summer, is the subject of a defamation lawsuit from the mother of its main characters—based on its references to a 1996 Saturday Night article that led to a $319,000 settlement. Canadaland publisher Jesse Brown vows to continue reporting on the activities of Craig and Marc Kielburger.
“So, you’re disinviting me because you don’t like the job that I do in the justice system? What does that say about what you think of our justice system as a school?” Marie Henein talked to The Hub about her recent disinvitations, the coverage of which has brought more attention to her recent memoir, Nothing But the Truth.
Instagram gets an ethics lesson
Toronto social media accounts looking to emulate the attention granted 6ixBuzz finally got noticed in the mainstream media—because four men were arrested for allegedly posting recordings and images of Ontario court proceedings. “Project VWAP” search warrants also led to firearm possession charges for one of them:
Firehouse Subs bought for a billion by Restaurant Brands International. The sandwich chain started by former firefighter brothers in Florida has joined the fast-food stable of Tim Hortons, Popeyes and Burger King. BK is primed for new expansion in Canada, while the new Tims strategies involve both espresso and Justin Bieber.
Finally, sleep in your nova heart
Spoons played a concert at the El Mocambo upon the 40th anniversary of the Burlington, Ontario, new wave band’s first headlining shows in downtown Toronto. The milestone is accompanied by Spoons Echoes, a tribute album with an international cast of 1980s synthpop contemporaries, one of which is reunited Vancouver act Strange Advance: