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Zoom meetings are better for democracy
When the truth isn’t placed on mute
Liberal cabinet minister Maryam Monsef caught on a hot mic wondering how much money she makes (“Like 250?”) was the latest thing exposed by partly virtual parliament. Another accidentally unmuted moment had beleaguered MP Yasmin Ratansi explaining how the sister she had on the payroll for years is “adopted, actually.”
Facing a place in these books
Facebook Canada policy head Kevin Chan’s search for a Canadian Heritage staffer who could take temporary leave from the civil service to work for him has now led to a committee to investigate these associations. Meanwhile, the Liberals agreed to release more documents related to We Charity, which has a funder still paying to defend it.
Toronto Wolfpack members have turned to GoFundMe. The fundraiser for players and staff follows the rugby team standing down from the 2020 Super League. A potential new owner has offered to play home games in the U.K. next season. One year ago, the Wolfpack signed a $10-million deal with New Zealand rugby star Sonny Bill Williams.
The price of pandemic parties
A teenage trio facing more than $32,000 in fines for hosting a function for about 100 people has added to London, Ontario’s reputation for gathering-limit violations, following a notorious Halloween bash. But police uncovering a birthday party in a Toronto storage unit resulted only in a $750 fine for the 27-year-old woman host:
“I can’t believe you even think I want to take some money. Like, you just shot me.” Megan Thee Stallion used an interview with GQ to further describe what happened in her alleged shooting by Tory Lanez. But the Canadian rapper continues to deny the accusations, over which he’ll soon appear in court regarding charges of felony assault.
Finally, 57 varieties of remorse
Heinz tomato ketchup became a focus of national economic discourse in March 2016, after one dad’s Facebook post about competitor French’s staying loyal to Leamington, Ontario, was a sign of ketchup patriotism. But the bottles will soon be filled near Montreal, albeit with American tomatoes until production can catch up: