Try not to scream during this Halloween

Public health advice has come to this

Ontario officially approved Thanksgiving dinners among the fully vaccinated with added guidance that it’d be safer for everyone if it happened outdoors. The province will similarly tolerate trick-or-treating. But the message from Dr. Kieran Moore is to wear a face mask under a Halloween mask, and for children to avoid singing or shouting for candy at a door.


Wanted signs waiting to happen

McMaster University’s homecoming was rebranded as a massive party whose pandemic postponements seemed to grow the appetite for proceeding in the sort of unauthorized gathering that ends with suspects being sought. Hamilton police had videos to comb of nearly 5,000 attendees, and the resulting photos are pretty clear.


We are not interested in apologies that don’t lead to institutional and widespread change.” Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation leaders issued a statement in response to Justin Trudeau’s regret for surfing away from their September 30 invitation. But the community will host him for a visit.


The second demise of BiWay

Given the amount of attention for an ersatz Zellers installation in a Hudson’s Bay store, a discount shopping kitsch experience could be a viable alternative to Amazon. It would also realize the dream of the founder of BiWay to resurrect the brand. But a year after the death of Mal Coven, sounds like this particular space will be abandoned:


Peter Silverman dead at 90. “Watch it, buddy!” was the catchphrase for the “Silverman Helps” segment on Toronto’s Citytv, where he worked from 1981 to 2008. Silverman started in journalism in 1974, as one of the early reporters for Global TV. But his most legendary moment arrived at age 75: a collision with a rogue optician.


Finally, a great Gretsch sound

Randy Bachman lost his radio gig this year, but he vowed that Vinyl Tap will return, like his first guitar did. The theft of his Gretsch archtop led him down the road of buying 385 more, until his original was spotted being strummed in a 2019 video from Japan. All of this began because Bachman eschewed fancy hotels in favour of the Holiday Inn: