“'Wheee! Oh look, I just landed on the water, everybody! I’m going to tweet it!' Splat. You’re dead. With two kids. Moron." Boston radio host Michael Felger said this and more after the plane crash that killed former Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay—complete with some “splat!” sound effects. And now he's only sort of sorry: “There is stuff I did mean, but the presentation and the tone and the hyperbole was just low class.”

Globe and Mail issues an official regret for calling Dan Levy “fey.” John Doyle’s review of The Great Canadian Baking Show was rebuked by co-host Dan Levy, who thought the adjective “offensive, irresponsible and homophobic." Public editor Sylvia Stead spent a week considering the Merriam-Webster Dictionary—which suggests no such definition—before she was ready to conclude that the Globe should be mindful of how words evolve.  

Corey Haim’s mother completely concurs with Charlie Sheen’s denial. Dr. Oz, who’s been providing the prime platform for allegations concerning the Two Coreys, landed an interview with Judy Haim—who says her late son told her of an incident similar to the one reported by the National Enquirerbut it involved somebody other than Sheen. “When my son was 13,” said Judy, “he’s not going to go and ask Charlie Sheen to go and sleep with him.” Alas, the name of the other suspected abuser was bleeped out of preview clips.

A chip off the old blockchain. Following the cancellation of a planned $100-million public offering, Alex Tapscott’s startup, NextBlock Global, returned money to investors. Then his dad, Don Tapscott, gave a keynote speech to the Blockchain Research Institute, where he alluded to the family’s eagerness to get past the controversy. “This is a trust protocol,” Tapscott Sr. said of cryptocurrency. “Trust is native to the medium.”

Paradise Papers provide a new face of ticket scalping. The scalper game was once best represented by Mike Wassilyn, the king of shouting "Got Any Extras?" outside Maple Leaf Gardens. (He later claimed to be the son of team owner Harold Ballard.) But in these high-tech times, finding those who’d snap up hundreds of seats online to resell on StubHub was more complicated—until leaked documents traced a lot of action to Julian Lavallée:

Sam the Record Man’s neon discs are almost spinning again. The first evidence of the Sam's sign's installation atop 277 Victoria has been spotted, following a decade of drama that included a pioneering Facebook petition to save it, a promise from Ryerson that they would restore it to its original location, the assumption that they never really intended to do that, speculation that the sign was hidden away beyond repair, the compromise to mount it around the corner instead, the last surviving Sam’s franchise in Belleville losing its bid to be a legit tourist attraction, and every erstwhile competitor around Yonge and Dundas shutting down. If this resurrection draws enough interest, someone might want to open a record store nearby:

U of T professors fear Jordan Peterson is targeting them. Senior faculty members at the Women’s and Gender Studies Institute wrote a letter to administrators, expressing concern over Peterson’s new project: a website that will rate courses based on their ideological content, with the stated goal of reducing enrollment in the “postmodern disciplines” by 75 per cent in the next five years. (Peterson appeared this morning on Fox & Friends, posted a speech about his media experiences, and has something to say about Louis C.K.)

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The name of a new YouTube channel dedicated to vintage Canadian programming, which so far includes Mr. Dressup, Slings and Arrows and Ready or Not!

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