“The aircraft was intended to symbolize the return of the ambassador. We realize this was not clear and any other meaning was unintentional.” Saudi Arabia’s state media tweeted an image of an Air Canada plane flying towards the CN Tower, over text that chastised Canada for “Sticking one’s nose where it doesn’t belong.” The deleted meme, an apparent response to Global Affairs Canada criticizing the jailing of women’s rights advocate Samar Badawi, was easily interpreted another way:

Seamus O’Regan tries to close a can of worms. “Immigrants are better at creating new businesses and new jobs than Canadian-born people,” tweeted the veterans affairs minister. O’Regan later followed the comment with 1,413 characters of regret.

“Fake News” game trips up Doug Ford criticism. Social services minister Lisa MacLeod triggered reporters by using Donald Trump’s favourite term to dispute the fact that the Ontario PCs broke a campaign promise by cancelling the basic income pilot. Meanwhile, anchor Lyndsey Vanstone’s bare-shouldered debut on Ontario News Now earned some snark from former Liberal MPP Deb Matthews, who ultimately added herself to the apology parade:

Mumford & Sons get dragged for hanging with Jordan Peterson. New attention for a two-month-old photo of the British folk band with the “alt-right favourite” raised the ire of musical NDP MP Charlie Angus: “Both are pretty dismal,” he wrote. Laetitia Sadier, the former Stereolab singer whose JBP-supporting tweet also gained new attention, issued a statement about “cracks in his reasoning.”

OpenMedia under fire for its funding from Google. Vancouver’s internet advocacy group helped to stir some opposition to failed EU copyright legislation, using tactics that smelled like spam. While the group claims that its donors don’t influence its campaigns, the fact that OpenMedia has a “platinum funder” in Google can’t help but be seen as a factor in what it chooses to fight:

Storm clouds linger above sunflowers. Bogle Seeds had its tale of selfie-seeking infestation covered by the New York Times. But from the shadow of another sunflower showdown comes agriculture journalist Shannon VanRaes, with an appeal for a farmer détente with city slickers:

Drive times are vacant at 102.1 the Edge. The radio station ditched its latest morning hosts, Adam Ricard and Melani Mariani, concluding yet another attempt to replace Dean Blundell. Afternoon jock “Fearless Fred” Kennedy, who was also once in mornings, will soon shift to Q107. The Edge promises to debut some new voices for fall.

Word of the moment


The city of Vaughan’s reason for cancelling the permits for this Caribana-related event two hours before its scheduled start has remained the stuff of mystery.

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