The day Ottawa starts looking at TikTok

Fear of what a bill can bring

Canada’s latest digital freedom fight has accelerated against how a proposed Bill C-10 amendment supposedly meant to protect copyright holders means adding social media to the Broadcasting Act. While the Liberals say they’re not targeting individual users, it comes with the prospect of adding a new layer of regulation to all available forms of online self-expression.


A new era of party reporting

It’s now up to the cops to reveal where revelry was on the weekend in Toronto with their announcement of how many charges were laid after adding stay-at-home order enforcers. Deputy mayor Stephen Holyday is hoping the province can relax the prohibitions on golf and tennis, rather than treating those pursuits like street racing.


Queen’s Park is offering to boost the Canada Sickness Recovery Benefit. The calls for paid sick leave in Ontario were met with a proposal to double the $500 a week that a federal program already pays. The federal government came back to explain that it’s up to provinces to figure out how to deliver the benefit through employers.


An expat crossing of cables

Moving from the White House back to the anchor desk at Fox News put John Roberts in the position of pushing a story about how Americans would have to cut red meat to meet Joe Biden’s climate plan targets. After the weekend, Roberts delivered an admission that the spin was fake, which provided grist for one fellow Torontonian:


Katherine Barber dead at 61. As the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, published in 1998 and revised in 2005, she became known as “Canada’s Word Lady.” Barber’s expertise was turned to in trying to explain terms like “Halloween apples” and “peoplekind” as she continued charting the English language’s evolution on a weblog.


Finally, the island of misfit toys

Death Row Records sold for $18 million in a 2009 bankruptcy action, which led to a decade of Toronto-based ownership before it was bought by Hasbro with the rest of Entertainment One. Its music division has now been bought for $385 million by investment firm Blackstone, coinciding with a new wave of 30th anniversary cash grabs: