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Spring has gotta start somewhere
“I’m cosmopolitan. I’m Christian. I’m very well-travelled. I’ve heard of Faith Goldy,” said Morrissey at his first Canadian concert in almost 20 years, to some boos at the Sony Centre. “What? I just said I’ve heard of her. I’ve heard of lots of people!” Goldy is due at Toronto city hall to respond to a citizen request to audit the finances behind her mayoral run.
A case made for patio season
Defence lawyer Greg Leslie claims his alleged chair-tossing client is laying low, even if her social media tells a different story. He expects “four our five pretrials” on the way to getting Marcella Zoia cleared of charges.
Frank Stronach has been talking about his feuding family. Racehorse deaths in California found the Magna magnate fearing for the future of the sport—while he remains in a legal battle with daughter Belinda. Meanwhile, her son Frank Walker’s “Heartbreak Back” reached a Toronto milestone: it’s on the CHUM Chart.
The final rewind in the Annex
Newfoundlanders are mad at Ralph Wiggum. The Simpsons character exclaiming “I’m a Newfie!” while clubbing the head of a stuffed baby seal has ended up getting more attention for last night’s “D’Oh Canada” episode, which also featured Justin Trudeau leaping from his office window after a visiting Lisa Simpson asked the PM about the SNC-Lavalin scandal.
The end of a life lived like a tornado
Wayson Choy dead at 80. The Jade Peony was Choy’s first novel, inspired by his childhood in Vancouver’s Chinatown. It took him 18 years to write before its celebrated publication in 1995. (The fame also led to Choy learning that he was adopted.)
Finally, a photographer worth a portrait
Jim Allen died in Toronto on February 17. A belated death notice outlines how being born into a family that built several significant movie theatres inspired his career evolution, from selling fashion to becoming a fashion photographer. Allen had pointed his lens in many directions by the time he became the focus of a documentary short, Jim Talks: