Nowhere to be found on the Twitter account of This Hour Has 22 Minutes are jokes about Cathy Jones dressed as her Mrs. Enid character at a protest in Halifax. But the appearance drew more attention to rumours that her views on masking and vaccines played a role in ending her stint with the show after 28 years, which Jones denied.
Now wait for the writ to drop
Canada’s new governor general was sworn in at a ceremony that acknowledged Mary Simon being bilingual in English and Inuktitut, while also having to pare back pomp due to COVID-19. The attention will move to how soon she’ll be asked to activate a federal election. Liberal candidates have been advised to find campaign offices.
“Pickup trucks are a plague on Canadian streets.” Globe and Mail columnist Marcus Gee’s perspective brought on a ratio of response from the types who made Ford’s F-150 the biggest seller in Canada. “Maybe Toronto columnists should try getting around this province during a prairie blizzard in a Smart Car,” added Alberta’s premier.
A great Canadian smoke-out
Cannabis stores put up for sale across Canada look like enough of a trend to raise skepticism whenever a new one opens—especially in Toronto, which now has some neighbourhoods seemingly dominated by them. The contrast with concurrent retail closures might be greater in relatively affluent environments like Avenue Road:
Peter Trueman dead at 86. “That’s not news, but that, too, is reality,” was the legendary sign-off for the Global News anchor from 1974 to 1988. He then shifted into lower-key projects in semi-retirement, including media criticism for the Toronto Star TV guide and hosting a weekly radio show on a tiny station on Ontario’s Amherst Island.
Finally, a retro exile in Exeter
The Exchange is an upcoming feature film written by Tim Long, a longtime writer for The Simpsons who named a character after himself in a script inspired by his own family hosting an exchange student when he was a teen in Exeter, Ontario. Borat co-writer Dan Mazer directed the effort of making Ottawa look like the clock was turned back to 1986: