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The first days of the end of the pandemic
If the truckers don’t slow it down
Liberal MP Joël Lightbound telling the federal government to get on with things may have implications for his role in the party, but his speech was followed by Alberta and Saskatchewan announcing the end of pandemic mandates. Jason Kenney then apologized for likening the stigmatization of the unvaccinated to people with AIDS.
Talking trucks at Queen’s Park
The streets of Ottawa got quieter after the injunction against honking, which seemed to spur one of the convoy leaders to announce a relocation to Toronto. But after 12 days of surrounding chaos in the capital, police explained a complicating factor: about 25% of the 400 trucks that remain stationed downtown have children living inside.
Jordan Peterson and Gerald Butts are sparring on Twitter so you don’t have to. Social media fights have faded as a source of public spectacle, but the professor was out of commission for a while. JBP responding to Justin Trudeau’s BFF led Butts to repeatedly ask for a retraction: “He declined, so he’ll be hearing from my legal counsel shortly.”
“Join me as I move my money away from the damage causers or you will unintentionally be one of them.” Neil Young’s cancel crusade has extended to advising baby boomers to close their accounts at four big American banks. And now, due to Young’s campaign against Joe Rogan and Spotify, Donald Trump has entered the chat.
Finally, how sausages get made
PinkCherry is an online sex shop that’s managed to master the pre-Valentine’s Day earned media game by issuing a list of where it sold the most products the previous year. The clickbait is there for anyone to take, even if one angle is that Montreal didn’t make the top 10. Toronto coming in ninth must’ve stoked this: