Wearing a mask to shout for freedom
While the airport lines grind on inside
The sight of masked protesters railing against mask mandates gave away that Toronto’s latest freedom rally was a security exercise at Pearson Airport. But it also happened while traveller patience is being tested in unprecedented ways, bringing on stories like the bride who missed her own wedding.
The last chance for Horwath
Coverage of Andrea Horwath’s fourth election as Ontario NDP leader now gives little thought to the idea that she could become premier, although there’s always a believer. And then there’s Steven Del Duca, who not only faces skepticism that he can win his own riding, but new Liberal commercials don’t mention him.
“How the world’s media got it wrong on residential school graves.” Terry Glavin’s feature for Postmedia analyzed the ways the detection of residential school student burial sites were misreported last year. The piece revived attention to academics who questioned it all along, but these fake-news accusations are also getting fact-checked on Twitter.
Legal scholar got a head start
It’s been nearly 20 years since Star Wars Kid was shot, which led to teenage Ghyslain Raza suing the classmates who facilitated his viral infamy via Trois-Rivières, Quebec. A decade later, Raza spoke out about the cyberbullying experience. And now, while the recent focus of NFB feature documentary, he’s been working towards a law PhD at Queen’s University:
Ronnie Hawkins dead at 87. The cross-border rockabilly legend came to Ontario from Arkansas in 1958 and made his mark in ways that included mentoring the Band. John Lennon and Yoko Ono famously stayed at his Hawkstone Manor estate. The principal property in the Kawarthas, dubbed Canada’s Graceland, was sold by Hawkins in 2017.
Finally, a tale of murder rap
Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead in India at age 28. Punjab’s police chief says a Canadian gang has taken responsibility for the murder of the performer and politician fond of rapping about guns. After moving to Brampton, Ontario, on a student visa, his music career skyrocketed, but security concerns hovered over his impending tour of Canada: