TOP CLICKS: The week that was in viral stories

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Whether it’s local news, provincial and national politics, or the worlds of celebrity and sports, we have you covered.

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Some stories set the world on fire. And these ones are the most popular online stories from the past seven days, clicked on by Sun readers like you.

Here are our top stories:

WARMINGTON: Halton school board prepares for backlash over trans high school teacher

No surprise here, Joe Warmington’s story on the Halton District School Board “standing behind” a transgender teacher in the midst of transitioning was the No. 1 story of the week.

In fact, in this edition, we’re going to go a little out of order because the trans teacher is all anyone wanted to talk – and read – about, as well as include a couple of honourable mentions.

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Scott Laurie’s follow-up, where he visited Oakville Trafalgar High School and spoke to students about the teacher, came in at No. 3.

Most of the high-schoolers defended her, saying she should be able to express herself. Others are uncomfortable with it. Hmm, perhaps the protruding nipples and sheer size of the prosthetic might have something to do with it.

And in at No. 5 was Anthony Furey’s piece on the Halton District School Board shutting down any questions about the OTHS teacher – who has since gone viral around the world – something he thinks is wrong because parents and students are concerned and want answers.

Travellers walk through the Terminal 1 departures level at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)
Travellers walk through the Terminal 1 departures level at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun) Photo by ERNEST DOROSZUK /TORONTO SUN

LILLEY: ArriveCan to be optional, other COVID travel measures gone in weeks?

It was the story travellers have been waiting for: the ArriveCan app may soon be no longer mandatory along with other remaining travel requirements and restrictions for air travel in Canada.

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The Trudeau government could even make masking optional. Clutching your pearls yet?

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Brian Lilley had that story, though government sources told him final details are still being worked out, maybe by the end of the month, so don’t go celebrating just yet.

A receipt that shows $3,000 tip on a $13.25 bill.
A receipt that shows $3,000 tip on a $13.25 bill. (Screen shot/WNEP) Photo by WNEP

Restaurant to sue customer who tipped $3,000 — then changed his mind

A Pennsylvania restaurant has threatened to sue a customer who tipped a server $3,000 on a $13.25 meal, then later disputed the charge with his credit card company, leaving Alfredo’s Pizza Café – and waitress Mariana Lambert – out the cash.

That’s like telling someone they won the lottery, then burning the ticket in front of them. Would it not have been easier on everyone if the customer just tipped 20%?

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It seems former star defenceman P.K. Subban has yet to receive an invitation to any NHL training camps. (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
It seems former star defenceman P.K. Subban has yet to receive an invitation to any NHL training camps. (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) Photo by Scott Taetsch /Getty Images

SIMMONS SUNDAY: With NHL training camps about to begin, P.K. Subban is nowhere to be found

Last Sunday, Steve Simmons reported that P.K. Subban was nowhere to be found as NHL training camps were set to begin.

Two days later, Subban took to social media to announce his retirement.

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Guess Simmons was onto something – but as recently as July, Subban’s agent told the Montreal Gazette he was looking for a new team for his longtime client, who had just wrapped up an eight-year, US$72-million contract with the Devils.

Maybe we’ll see him as a TV commentator for the NHL soon enough.

Prime Minister Trudeau has been warned that his government's own spending is adding to the problem of inflation, now he's spending more.
Prime Minister Trudeau has been warned that his government’s own spending is adding to the problem of inflation, now he’s spending more. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press) Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese /Toronto Sun

LILLEY: Liberals dismiss the very real #TrudeauMustGo campaign

Lilley took a look at the #TrudeauMustGo hashtag, one of the top trending topics on Twitter this past week. Initially, the Liberals dismissed the social media campaign — until things got real, with more than 500,000 fed-up people tweeting about it.

Now, whether it will resonate with the general public, or average voters — most of whom aren’t on Twitter — remains to be seen.

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