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The closest Trudeau will get to 4D chess
Confidence is dealt with a smile
“Delivering for Canadians Now” is the title of the statement issued by both the Liberals and the NDP, as the parties agreed to launch a dental care program among other priorities designed to keep the government propped up until 2025. Sure to follow was speculation over motives, like Justin Trudeau passing the baton.
Looking for a new kind of clout
How social media accounts cultivated at one level of government are then used to run for another gets a glance from The Pointer, in light of Patrick Brown trying to trade up on his term as mayor of Brampton. But it may not lead him far, as polling finds Brown ranked as the least appealing Conservative leadership hopeful.
Ottawa cops say an apartment building arson had no link to the Freedom Convoy. Word of the related charges contradicted earlier insinuations based on the time and place. Meanwhile, six more passengers on the infamous Montreal influencer flight to Cancun are facing fines: five for non-compliance with vaccination rules and one for failing to mask.
Quebec’s ideal tabloid character
Air Canada CEO Michael Rousseau was asked by a reporter in November how he lived in Montreal for 14 years without learning French. It caused enough of a brouhaha that he was invited by Ottawa to address the issue. Rousseau’s video testimony found him apologizing for a laboured use of the language he’s currently studying each morning:
“Toronto, the quietly booming tech town.” New York Times reporter Cade Metz highlighted how the city is growing faster than Austin or Miami, but it’s got a long way to go to catch Silicon Valley in terms of startup investments. Walmart choosing Toronto for a tech hub was one recent announcement.
Finally, a band’s belated rebirth
Phil Naro died last May at age 63 after a battle with cancer. A rock singer from Rochester, New York, he moved to Toronto and became a fixture on the metal scene, but was most widely heard on the theme for the cartoon show 6teen. Naro passed away after recording his reunion with the Buffalo band Talas: