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
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: