Newsstand: April 25, 2016
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Newsstand: April 25, 2016

In the news: Beyoncé's latest visual album is out, Drake stopped by a pop-up shop, housing prices are still going up, and a school board trustee may have used her office to get her kid higher grades.


First and foremost, let us take a moment to note that Beyoncé’s sixth album dropped over the weekend. Lemonade, with accompanying music videos for every song like her self-titled 2013 album (and also, like that one, a surprise release), is available on Tidal and should be coming to other sources soon.

Having paid tribute to Queen Bey, we can move on to local news. It’s no surprise album, but Drake showed up unexpectedly at a pop-up shop that was giving away shirts to promote his upcoming album, to be released this Friday. He also tweeted the cover of the new album, which is, fittingly, a beautiful shot of him sitting atop the CN Tower.

Housing prices are surging! It’s a story that seemingly has no beginning or end in some of Canada’s largest cities, but it bears repeating. And renters tempted to give in to schadenfreude would do well to remember that would-be buyers priced out of the market will be joining you on your next apartment search. The Globe has, along with some depressing analysis, a nifty tool that allows you to see the appreciation or depreciation (lol) of house prices in your postal code. Look if you dare.

York Region school trustee Linda Aversa has been accused of attempting to use her office to pressure staff for improved grades for her daughter. An anonymous source was quoted by the Star as saying Aversa “should have known better,” which implies that there is any way Aversa didn’t realize she was engaging in wildly unethical behaviour (if the allegations are true). In addition, her push for grade enhancement is described as “so intense” that it led to staff discussing it for hours. Is there any way a school board trustee’s actual role overlaps or even approaches “demanding that their own child’s grades be inflated”? That seems unlikely.