Canada

While you were sleeping: Let's pause for a moment to celebrate the Parc Ave. cats

Saturdays are better with cats.

Archie is a rugged tabby.

A cat nap: As the saying goes, you don’t choose a cat — a cat chooses you. “My colleagues at work started noticing Rufus on Zoom calls: ‘How’s your cat?’ I would answer as if he were mine,” writes Sarah Laureti. “I was in total denial about my status as a catnapper. If I posted a Rufus pic on social media, friends regularly called me out in the comments: ‘He’s not your cat!’ ” Read more and find the pictures here.

The third wave: After recording some of the highest case counts and fatality numbers in Canada during the early onslaught of COVID-19, Quebec finds itself faring relatively well as the third wave flares. The contrast is particularly stark with Ontario, which is posting daily case counts three times higher than Quebec, and where experts warn numbers could rise to as much as 18,000 cases a day unless strict restrictions are enforced.

Border shutdown: The Legault government has responded to Ontario’s decision to close its border Monday by doing the same thing in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 between the provinces. And Premier François Legault has pledged to fully co-operate with the government of Ontario and Premier Doug Ford “to ensure the safety of our citizens.”

That wasn’t cool: The Liberal MP who inadvertently flashed his parliamentary colleagues says the fact that a screenshot of him in the nude was leaked to the media sends a troubling message about the corrosive state of politics in Canada. “It says if there’s partisan gain to be achieved, then anything goes and that’s not acceptable,” William Amos said, adding that it also sends a terrible message to young people. What does that tell our children and what does it tell society about the nature of proper behaviour in a digital society?”

Football news:

Perhaps Messi's last match at the Camp Nou: he scored in an empty stadium, but lost his chances for the title
Wolfsburg advanced to the Champions League, Leipzig took 2nd place in the Bundesliga for the second time
Pioli on 0:0 with Cagliari: Not falling in the top 4 will be a disappointment, but it can not be called a failure
Lille is ahead of PSG by one point, Monaco-by 3 points for the round to the end of Ligue 1
Milan, Napoli and Juventus qualify for the Champions League in the round before the end of Serie A
Griezmann, ter Stegen, Langle and Pedri did not receive ratings from Marca for the game with Celta
Eibar relegated to Segunda after 7 years in the Primera, the last match of the season - with Barca