The long weekend cleaning of Ottawa
And the memes that were left behind
Reporting from the streets of Ottawa became a story of its own for the New York Times, as Canadian journalists cast doubt upon those who came to town to observe the blockade’s end with 170 arrests. Freedom Convoy co-organizer Tamara Lich’s husband cited the “first amendment” at her hearing for bail that’s now been denied.
The search party for Briane
The RCMP refuted the claim by B.C. Conservative MP Mark Strahl that Canada invoking the Emergencies Act led Freedom Convoy donors to have accounts frozen for past donations. (MP Marilyn Gladu alleged a similar story from a constituent.) Strahl said Briane from Chilliwack is a real person whose identity he’s protecting.
Evangeline Lilly’s message to Justin Trudeau arrived via Lethbridge, Alberta. Bridge City News, a newscast that airs on the Miracle Channel, was the source for international showbiz news involving the Marvel movie star. Her plea for the PM to talk to the truckers continued her streak of publicly advocating against vaccine mandates.
What keeps coming back to Peg
The return of The Handmaid’s Tale to shooting around Toronto coincides with author Margaret Atwood making the media rounds about Burning Questions, a collection of writings from 2004 to 2021. Promotion included guest editing a piece in The Guardian about the state of reproductive rights, and contemplating the social media battlefield:
Steve Fonyo dead at 56. Inspired by Terry Fox’s suspended Marathon of Hope, he completed his “Journey For Lives” run across Canada with a similar artificial leg in 1985. Fonyo was awarded the Order of Canada, only to have it revoked amid multiple criminal convictions. (The story was chronicled in two films directed by Alan Zweig.)Finally, the last from Dallas Good
The Sadies will release their final album this spring, produced by Arcade Fire member Richard Reed Parry, who posted to Instagram about his experiences with Dallas Good. Many other tributes poured in for the musician who died at age 48 after being diagnosed with coronary illness, a month after debuting the latest Sadies single: