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The red maple leaf tilting right on time
While a leader stays underground
Resemblance to the logo of the Royal Canadian Air Force suits former captain Erin O’Toole, as the Conservatives introduced a new logo. But the party leader remains in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19—and also listening to Grimes.
Weekly grind is stuck at five
Four-day work weeks are something that disparate political wings agree on, but the National Post found no sign of Liberal support, despite about half of polled Canadians thinking it’s a good idea. Meanwhile, the throne speech will be followed by a televised address from Justin Trudeau, which should shift the spotlight from the governor general’s job drama.
Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto hasn’t given up on trying. A decade after the organization was founded to promote electoral reform, Toronto’s city clerk says a plan to introduce ranked ballots in 2022 should be delayed due to the pandemic. Ontario’s decision to allow them in municipalities found its first taker in London.
The binge-watching decade
Netflix Canada launched with apologies for using paid actors to gush about the streaming service to journalists. But the company was soon enough refusing to reveal anything about its economics to the CRTC. Ten years of such disruption are being commemorated with a menu of mainly border-defying titles, but also a recent feather in its resolutely unregulated cap:
“How MEC Lost Touch with Its Roots.” Harley Rustad of The Walrus wrote a lament for Mountain Equipment Co-op, a week after its board of directors approved a deal to sell it to an American investment firm. But after co-op members expressed dismay over not being consulted, they’re now raising legal fees for an effort to overturn the deal.
Finally, living a virtual afterlife
Nick Cordero, the Hamilton rock singer who ended up a Broadway star, died in July after a months-long battle with COVID-19. Subsequently, he attained posthumous fame that included a live album release on what would’ve been his 42nd birthday, as his widow Amanda Kloots’s postings on Instagram have continued to tell their story: