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When a foundation with your name disavows you
David Suzuki knows the feeling
David Suzuki drew Conservative condemnation for a statement that he doesn’t regret. But the foundation bearing his name had distanced itself from the words “pipelines will be blown up.” Extinction Rebellion had been protesting in Victoria, while the RCMP arrested a photojournalist and filmmaker amid protests in Prince George, B.C. (But a judge released them.)
Global’s got a stake in this
Edward Rogers took his seat for a Shaw acquisition hearing that Bell and Telus tried to argue shouldn’t happen due to family turmoil en route to the CRTC. The case from Rogers Communications is that the $26-billion takeover will help it compete with Silcion Valley. It may also eliminate the funding that Shaw currently provides Global.
Kristyn Wong-Tam will end her term as vice-chair on the Toronto Board of Health. The city councillor’s statement elaborated on her regrets for urging people not to judge the unvaccinated in a column that suited the current editorial tone of the Toronto Sun.
New cue for the Keanussaince
When we last caught up with Keanu Reeves, he was gifting Rolex Submariners to his stuntmen on John Wick 4, having come a long way from crashing on couches in Toronto. Now, ahead of his induction to Canada’s Walk of Fame and The Matrix Resurrections, comes another periodic canonization delivered via a magazine cover:
“Please, Justin Bieber, don’t perform for the regime that killed my fiancé.” That was the Washington Post headline on a column by Hatice Cengiz, who was engaged to reporter Jamal Khashoggi when he was slain by Saudi government agents. Beiber remains booked for a December show tied to the Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Finally, with the top let back
Monster Truck is a rock band from Hamilton whose 2015 track “Don’t Tell Me How to Live” has a new second life as the latest chorus from Kid Rock, who also recruited the originators to back him up. “Weird Al” Yankovic wants you to know this isn’t him doing a parody. Danko Jones is trying to pick a fight. But the Canadians keep on truckin’: