Toronto park drinking missed this pandemic

At least the legal kind won’t happen

Politicians who had a shot to advance the argument for legal alcohol consumption in Toronto parks unanimously voted to refer the motion to staff with no timeline to get an answer back. Changing the bylaw this summer had the backing of doctors who are also increasingly asking why limits were reinforced on low-transmission activities.


Discord helps to solve disorder

A volunteer effort was validated by the city of Toronto concluding Vaccine Hunters Canada created a better channel to blast information than anything they could create. The lack of consolidated booking systems in Ontario has made trying to get jabbed a chaotic experience for many, at least until individuals started figuring out workarounds.


Toronto had to pitch Netflix to pick it over another city. The location of a Canadian office that the streamer would rather voluntarily open than be regulated into doing was evidently up for grabs. Netflix is also contending with cancellations no longer offset by subscriber growth, while hoping to hang on to more by including shuffle play.


News from One Yonge Street

An executive shuffle at Torstar means the CEO job is open, as John Boynton got a couple other titles at its holding company, NordStar Capital. Anne Marie Owens is also newly installed as Toronto Star editor-in-chief. Meanwhile, an attempt to transform community media in 10 markets with Torstar Local won’t have any post-pandemic life:


Grimes fires back at the Elon Musk haters on TikTok. The musician stuck up for her partner’s “sustainable and green” aesthetic in response to commenters with feelings on him that align with some cast members of Saturday Night Live. But she admitted the guy worth a couple of billion has been “very immature at points” on other subjects.


Finally, the ordeals of O’Doyles

Billy Madison being shot around Toronto 27 years ago required finding four Irish kids to play tough brothers. The younger two were actual child actor types: one now works in real estate. The older one tried acting later. And the oldest O’Doyle never left his job at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, where he’s still recognized with raised arms: