Peter MacKay has applied to march in the Toronto Pride parade on June 28, whether or not they’ll welcome a Conservative leader anointed in the city a day before—a job that McKay hopes to score. Erin O’Toole said he’s happy to do the same, but won’t endorse any parade that won’t let uniformed police march, per the recent trend in Toronto.
The most Dadaist political job
The title bestowed upon Ottawa MP Mona Fortier was criticized as a Liberal cabinet branding exercise, but the news media still took the bait. Fortier telling CTV’s Power Play that Canada actually has no definition of who qualifies to be ministered by the minister of middle class prosperity has now eclipsed debating the cost of artisanal doughnuts.
Tim Hortons gives up on plant-based patties. Beyond Meat burgers were removed from the Tims menu after a summer-long run, but kept meatless breakfast sandwiches in B.C. and Ontario around until now. And yet, KFC has gotten bullish on Beyond Meat chicken, while Denny’s will give those Beyond Burgers away for free on Friday.
A real mugshot to remember
Ed Belfour was playing for the Dallas Stars in March 2000 when he offered cops an Austin Powers–inspired “one billion dollars” if they didn’t arrest him in connection with a hotel room scuffle. While he played in Toronto and elsewhere after that, Belfour recently launched a career in the spirits business, but scored the wrong kind of publicity for it:
“A YouTuber Admitted To Faking His Girlfriend’s Death To Promote Their Joint Channel.” Jason Ethier, who accrued 5.4 million subscribers for a string of stunts and the occasional arrest, admitted to the lie, while claiming that Alexia Marano filed a report about it to Toronto Police. She’s now speaking out about the unsuccessful hoax.
Finally, a story of opposites
Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story was initially backed with $132,725 in crowdfunding, not long before its Canadian creator John Kricfalusi was the subject of a BuzzFeed investigation into his past “underage sexual abuse.” Kricfalusi then issued a statement acknowledging it. The twist was shoehorned into the final product: