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A social media post featuring an illustration of two women in hijabs about to kiss was deleted by Western University after a Muslim religious community backlash that included a petition demanding its removal. The school subsequently updated its post on Instagram with a defence of intentions, but the offending image was then removed from the options.
The mystery of the monkeypox
Recent travel to Canada was prominently mentioned in the Massachusetts public health department’s announcement of a single case of monkeypox. Montreal doctors then started investigating more than a dozen suspected local cases of the rare viral disease. The monkeypox outbreak has also recently been detected in the U.K., Portugal and Spain.
COVID-19 might’ve won the Ontario election debate. Andrea Horwath and Mike Schreiner announcing positive test results within the same time frame led to guessing if it was the byproduct of sharing a stage. But both expect to continue campaigning virtually in self-isolation. The other two party leaders said their latest rapid tests only showed a single line.
This battle of Alberta is over
A province will lose its premier when Jason Kenney formally steps down in response to a Conservative leadership review revealing a 51.4% approval from party members. The end of the line arrived soon after Alberta’s leader finally met the man who scored the full Twitter name, and 15 years of misfired mentions:
How to end a magazine. The summer issue of Taddle Creek is an ashcan of content from the 25-year history of the Toronto-based literary arts publication, which will tidily end its existence with a 50th issue this fall. This conclusion will be followed by a harcover book of pieces from throughout this history, a project which is currently being crowdfunded.
Finally, our own Carrol Burnett
Julie Amato, who died at age 78 on April 4, had her very own CTV variety show, produced in Montreal from 1976 to 1978. The former Miss New York State had moved to Canada with her young family as conscientious objectors to the Vietnam War. Recently, her husband put her video history on YouTube: