A story about two Vancouver residents who travelled to Beaver Creek, Yukon, to get vaccinated took a turn as Great Canadian Gaming CEO Rod Baker resigned after it was found to be him and his actress wife. Baker’s company was recently acquired by Apollo Global Management, whose CEO resigned at the same time over ties to Jeffrey Epstein.
Liberals dump a rogue ranter
An interview in Punjabi with the Canadian outlet Y Media had Liberal MP Ramesh Sangha repeating debunked reports about why his colleague Navdeep Bains was leaving politics. And now Sangha is out of caucus for “baseless and dangerous” claims, which previously included accusing his own party of “pandering” to Sikh separatists.
MPs unanimously agree on a terrorist designation for the Proud Boys. The U.S. Capitol riot inspired this purely symbolic move on a motion introduced by Jagmeet Singh, even though enshrining it in law risks backfiring on other organizations. Joe Biden’s executive order to “Buy American” sounds like a trickier one for parliament.
The new media news cycle
CBC’s top three executives sent a memo regarding the arbitration decision that sided with Winnipeg journalist Ahmar Khan, who will be reinstated or compensated after losing his gig for criticizing Don Cherry on Twitter. But earlier that day a letter signed by more than 100 CBC employees called for the head of journalistic standards to be replaced:
“Look, I’m in the newspaper business, I don’t know what I can ever do for you, but if there’s anything I can do, please let me know.” Paul Godfrey’s appreciation to the doctor who treated his wife Gina’s serious case of COVID-19 met with the suggestion that the Toronto Blue Jays sign George Springer, which has since actually happened.
Finally, weather above ground
The Weather Station has attained New York Times profile status ahead of releasing an album called Ignorance, which draws from Toronto singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman reading obsessively about climate change. By way of introduction, the story also notes her IMDb page under the name Tamara Hope and her pivoting to music, not unlike Drake: