It's a big day for you Battle of Waterloo re-enactors, because it's the 200th anniversary! (Spoiler: Napoleon loses.) In the news: a mystery transit announcement, Senator Don Meredith allegedly had an illicit relationship with a 16-year-old, and Deadmau5 doesn't want you to see a satiric Fringe musical.
Stephen Harper and John Tory will be at an afternoon press conference where the two will unveil a “significant” transit-related announcement. Kathleen Wynne is not scheduled to attend. What the announcement will be remains unclear, although Tory has lobbied hard for SmartTrack funding, as it was his signature campaign promise. Regardless, it’s a safe bet that this will be an important part of the Conservative pitch in vote-rich Toronto as the party prepares for a fall election.
Toronto-area senator Don Meredith has been kicked out of the Conservative caucus following allegations from the Toronto Star about an illicit relationship with a 16-year-old. The 50-year-old family values minister reportedly maintained a relationship with the teenager for two years, and frequently texted and Skyped her. The Star reports that Meredith, who first met the young woman at a church event in Ottawa, masturbated during sexually explicit chats online. Meredith also faces an ongoing Senate investigation into sexual harassment complaints in the workplace.
It appears Deadmau5 is not a fan of experimental theatre, or at least Fringe musicals that satirize his career arc. The internationally famous DJ has sent a cease and desist letter to the producers of Deadmouse, the Toronto Fringe Festival play that looks at the career of Joel Zimmermouse, who faces career obstacles in his quest to be a DJ because he is a mouse. It basically sounds like Ratatouille in a music setting, but Deadmau5, otherwise known as Joel Zimmerman, is worried about protecting his trademark.