Trudeau is shuffling the deck before a rest
A numbers game among the Liberals
Bill Morneau announced his resignation as finance minister—and plans to exit as Toronto Centre MP—in the evening, and by morning Chrystia Freeland was confirmed to take over the role. But with the We Charity scandal still in the midst, Justin Trudeau is looking to prorogue parliament until October.
Going even more up in the air
Flight data shows Julie Payette used a government plane on multiple occasions when a car would do, at the same time RCMP and Rideau Hall sources are saying the governor general racked up expenses like trying to dodge her assigned Mounties. But it seems Payette will more likely quit over issues like these than calling in the Queen.
The arrested G20 protestors stand to land between $5,000 and $24,700 each. A decade after mass arrests in Toronto, the $16.5-million settlement with the Toronto police board will weigh the experience of 1,100 individual protesters to determine compensation. (The class-action lawsuit was filed just six weeks after the protests.)
This new name remains TBD
Cancellation of the 2020 CFL season after Ottawa turned down its request for a $30-million interest-free loan means the Grey Cup won’t be awarded for the first time since 1919, adding to the league’s timeline of woes. Pinball Clemons is trying to keep hope alive for the Toronto Argonauts, while another team gets more time to rebrand:
The story of Livent told in an episode of a podcast. Spectacular Failures dedicates 42 minutes to the curtain falling on Garth Drabinsky’s theatrical glory, complete with its own show tune. Drabinsky last made news when a judge ruled that he was trying to thwart creditors, before his effort to bring another play to Broadway was halted.
Finally, next door to a party
Barack Obama posted his 2020 Summer Playlist, with an unlikely eclecticism for a 59-year-old who’s neither a rock critic nor a public radio DJ. But he presumably approved three tracks with the voice of Mississauga crooner PartyNextDoor, one which also features Drake. Regina singer-songwriter Andy Shauf also got a nod for dad rock: