The Weeknd is working to end a weakened week

(Feat. the Weeknd, and no one else)

March 20, 2020

Abel Tesfaye dropped his new album, After Hours, upon the most captive streamers in history. Of note is that it contains no featured guest rappers or singers, as the Weeknd believes his music can help with healing. It’s a long way from when he surfaced as an enigma from Toronto, let alone the world in which his previous album was released.

Campaigning through a crisis

While one potential long-shot candidate, Marilyn Gladu, wants to pause the federal Conservative leadership campaign, Leslyn Lewis officially qualified to run against Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole. Those two continue the COVID-19 memes: O’Toole is thanking the flight crews, while MacKay is rooting for more farm workers in Canada.

Sobeys cashiers will be standing behind plexiglass. The supermarket announced the installations after Galen Weston delivered an address about new measures at Loblaw-owned stores—which also have a slew of new job openings. Meanwhile, a shut-down of non-essential retailing has drawn surreal attention to a tweeting tribute to Zellers.

The screens are our mirror now

More eyes on governmental press conferences mean more surrounding details get noticed. The week provided Justin Trudeau dashing back inside to grab his coat, an expressive sign language interpreter, and a doctor acclaimed for her taste in scarves. The sighting of a periodic table dress also provided a surprise stimulus:

Finally, the anti-self-isolationist

Evangeline Lilly, the Canadian actress from Lost, who’s now known for playing waspy Marvel character Hope van Dyne, joined a growing class of celebrities who’ve landed on the wrong side of fighting COVID-19. Posting on Instagram about her refusal to socially distance, despite having multiple reasons to, was a bad reading of the room:

#morningtea ☕️ Just dropped my kids off at gymnastics camp. They all washed their hands before going in. They are playing and laughing. #businessasusual
March 16, 2020