Hanging out on Twitter these days is a bit like going on holiday to a place with an increasingly spotty rights record; sure, the beaches are nice as ever, but why do journalists critical of the regime keep mysteriously disappearing?
As Twitter continues its shift from being merely a reflection of the world’s unravelling to a prime example of it, we once again offer our annual roundup of the best and worst of it that crossed into our orbit (presented in chronological and no other order):
got my booster at the italian cultural center and they literally make you sit and watch a video of a guy stirring red sauce after you get your shot pic.twitter.com/36FN8NvaVQ
— 🐟 𝒈𝒂𝒍 𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒆𝒏 🐠 (@galgracen) January 7, 2022
Even after a 12 hour night shift at the hospital last night, my wife still has the energy to shovel the driveway. God bless her and all our frontliners. Time to make her some breakfast. 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/91vahySLqO
— Jon Reyes (@jonreyes204) January 8, 2022
Sign is great the way it is. Opens strong with "dogs" (everyone wants to hear more), ups the stakes with "that dig holes" and by then we're committed and we'll go anywhere this sign wants to take us. Tweet serves to remind of the danger in focusing on grammar over narrative form https://t.co/MllFfhodJV
— Ryan North (@ryanqnorth) January 13, 2022
— No Context BC Gov (@NoContextBCGov) January 21, 2022
Le Honque Honque #HonkHonk pic.twitter.com/509nO3Cw10
— Keean Bexte (@TheRealKeean) January 31, 2022
I would like to see @CityofRegina do the same #yqrcc @Regina_Mayor
— Trevor 🇺🇦 🇨🇦 🌻 (@Latenite72) January 31, 2022
I am not the Mayor. This is my name.
— Regina Mayor (@Regina_Mayor) February 1, 2022
My friends, I have seen the news today. I'm both relieved (for my Twitter mentions) and sad that our incredible and unusual relationship may be coming to an end. 😥 Thank you for making the last 17 months truly awesome! 🇺🇸♥️🇨🇦 https://t.co/gOOpb4489t
— Erin O'Toole 🧜♀️ (@ErinOtoole1) February 2, 2022
I’m dying pic.twitter.com/TRMHqT21PS
— Asher Perlman (@asherperlman) February 9, 2022
I understand Toronto being a terrifying concept but it's okay. Toronto's not real and it can't hurt you https://t.co/ep4zomlOS6
— Theoretically Cass (@DarthCass125) February 16, 2022
Amazing how typical Canadian cities' reaction to convoys were. Vancouver blocked them with bicycles; Toronto screamed "fuck off" at them until they left; Ottawa did nothing for 3 weeks then dropped 10,000 lbs of federally-mandated reporting and legislation on their heads.
— Jonathan Dursi (@ljdursi) February 19, 2022
In Dildo, NL, the Hollywood-Dildo sign is lit with blue and yellow lights tonight to show support for #Ukraine.
🇺🇦 @jimmykimmel @JimmyKimmelLive pic.twitter.com/Uvkh64LsAz
— Steve Kent (@stephenkent) February 28, 2022
Guess what, Cuba, I will never spend a dime in your country again. That's my small way of condemning your support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine. #RussianUkrainianWar
— rjbrennan (@rjbrennan) March 2, 2022
If I had a nickel every time there was a movie set emphatically and accurately in Toronto of the early 2000s era that portrayed the life and times of a group of friends in a fantastic manner I'd have two nickels which isn't a lot but it's weird it happened twice.
— Aurelia Verity (@AureliaVerity) March 20, 2022
Canadians too anxious about the future to enjoy the vibrant present, say economists https://t.co/cdnFj28hGx
— CBC British Columbia (@cbcnewsbc) April 14, 2022
Nothing unites these dorks more than their shared blinding rage over the CBC, the most harmless, middle-of-the-road media enterprise on Earth. They just think of the gentle drama of Murdoch Mysteries or a radio station playing opera and they just start punching holes in walls https://t.co/TKkTMtwi0j
— ℳatt (@matttomic) April 21, 2022
happy for the cbc editor who finally got to deploy this reference after waiting 26 years pic.twitter.com/QdGzNT6DOX
— Michelle Cyca (@michellecyca) April 24, 2022
— Bad Legal Takes (@BadLegalTakes) May 28, 2022
This is an Abbott and Costello routine pic.twitter.com/cZc8I4zzlw
— Valondar (@VK_HM) June 3, 2022
Two squirrels hug at a park in Edmonton on Wednesday June 8, 2022.
📸: Larry Wong/ @EJlensmen #yeg #PhotoOfTheDay pic.twitter.com/7K2kSeDOF2
— Edmonton Journal (@edmontonjournal) June 8, 2022
Planning to celebrate and take part in the festivities & events at Indigenous Day Live @TheForks this Sat. June 18th? Don’t forget to stop by our recruiting booth from 6pm-9pm. We have all the info you need to set you up on an exciting new career path! #rcmpcareers #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/FrpGdNohbp
— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) June 17, 2022
epic win: people DID lose their rights and bodily autonomy 👊🏻✨💯 https://t.co/Uyz3lHmP0K
— Gabrielle Drolet (@gabrielledrolet) July 11, 2022
this is the mascot for the Halifax Oyster Festival and i’m absolutely terrified of it. pic.twitter.com/bBdMyBW3H6
— Amy Langdon (@alangdon17) July 24, 2022
What if we just don't cover her death at all?
Like, not a word?
— Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) September 8, 2022
My condolences to King Charles on the loss of his mother The Queen. I fondly remember having the honour of dining with him at St James Palace after the Royal Premiere of Charlie’s Angels with my then fiancée @DrewBarrymore and the cast of the film. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/DbVRaIojLG
— Tom Green (@tomgreenlive) September 8, 2022
Recently learned that the version of the Macarena that played in Canada was played by a hastily assembled Canadian band that produced a near-exact copy of the Fangoria remix popular in the rest of the world. It was done to get around CanCon laws. Just wild. What a weird country. pic.twitter.com/X5vzMWU90W
— Anne Thériault (@anne_theriault) October 12, 2022
Relatively often my editors spike one of my story ideas because it's "not backed up by evidence of any kind, is it?" I'm not naming names, but there seem to be an awful lot of media outlets these days who are not troubled by such things.
— Tristin Hopper (@TristinHopper) October 12, 2022
Fun fact: the fake elector on the sample City of Winnipeg ballot is Willow Rosenberg, the witch from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. #wpg22 pic.twitter.com/IJduqvcfS6
— Bartley Kives (@bkives) October 25, 2022
Feels like a Twilight Zone episode: “You can own Twitter, Mr. Musk, but you have to be the main character every day.”
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) November 7, 2022
as the columnists roll out their declarations of quitting Twitter just remember where this madness began pic.twitter.com/BMVAzCywNO
— 12:36 🌯 (@1236) November 20, 2022
Every morning I ask my cat to stand at attention at the entrance to the kitchen. It makes that first coffee something special. pic.twitter.com/RzYFk9esXZ
— Rob Roberts (@itsrobroberts) November 24, 2022
Nothing can ever top this. I’m retiring now. https://t.co/7qamIyUtpL
— @realSarahPolley (she/her) (@realsarahpolley) December 12, 2022