The price of a pandemic while on rollerblades
An alleged dispute in a parking lot
The new face of a clash with physical distancing enforcement is Oakville, Ontario, father Todd Nelson, who claims he was rollerblading with his three sons in an empty community centre parking lot before getting a ticket for $880. Oakville officials wouldn’t address questions about the incident, beyond saying town residents were warned.
No fines for this family reunion
Bon dimanche tout le monde! Justin, les enfants et moi voulons prendre quelques instants pour vous souhaiter nos meilleurs vœux en ce long week-end. Même si on doit tous faire preuve de créativité pour célébrer un peu différemment cette année, on est tous dans le même bateau. Si vous êtes avec vos proches ou si vous gardez le contact à distance, on pense à vous et vous êtes dans nos cœurs. Joyeuses Pâques!
Justin Trudeau took a couple days off his daily updates outside his residence, in favour of reuniting with family at their cottage in Quebec. Parliament reconvened Saturday to pass the $73-billion wage subsidy bill, in a subdued all-party collaboration. But the NDP are also calling for universal access to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
“Speaking Moistly” was made without a whole lot of thought. Edmonton musician Brock Tyler is speaking humbly about how his Auto-Tuned video of Justin Trudeau’s turn of phrase earned over 2.3 million views on YouTube and a few acoustic covers. (It’s been six years since Tyler’s similar salute to “Ford Nation” was a modest viral hit.)
The hunger to hug everyone
“Hugging friends/family” was the top choice in the Angus Reid Institute poll about what Canadians are most looking forward to doing whenever COVID-19 recedes—although pessimism about that date has only grown in a month. The results also show greater enthusiasm for indoor distractions (and unhealthy food) amongst the young:
Drake’s house gave the internet something to collectively chortle about. Reactions to the Architectural Digest tour of the rapper’s Toronto mansion led to a dissection of details, like how he hoarded all of those Hermès Birkin bags for “the woman I end up with.” For now, Drake claims that quarantine provides motivation to finish his next album.
Finally, there’s money in memes
6ixBuzz coverage of COVID-19 on Instagram has been subject to recurring criticism. So, the not entirely secret @6ixBuzzTV crew had their faces blurred in the announcement of a deal with Warner Music Canada to promote Toronto rappers, including Killy and Houdini: