Patrick Brown is doubling down. Chris Stockwell, the animated Ontario PC politician who died over the weekend, had high hopes for the post-Patrick Brown party in his final tweet. But now here’s Brown getting on with the task of refuting the sexual harassment allegations that led to his downfall. CTV News stands by the initial story, despite Brown's claim that there's a witness who would partly exonerate him:

“I’m not going to comment on the process that led to this point today, but I am going to say we have come to this point as a country far too many times.” Justin Trudeau joined other non-Conservatives in commenting on Gerald Stanley being found not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Colten Boushie. Now some people are concerned that the PMs words amount to him trying to undermine a jury. There's an effort to raise $100,000 for the acquitted Stanley—which GoFundMe finds appropriate in light of the verdict.

Jordan Peterson: The College Years. There will be no 12 Rules For Life on the New York Times bestseller lists, because of a technicality that excludes authors whose deals weren’t specifically signed with American publishers. But as the book continues to rack up press from those who agree, or disagree, or agree to disagree, Peterson returned to his home province for a lecture that was rescheduled after some controversy. Yet, the University of Alberta's student newspaper couldn’t confirm whether archives of "Jordan Peterson" were definitely written by the same bucko:

“Why you've seen accused serial killer Bruce McArthur's travel photos but not his mug shot.” The latest Toronto Sun coverage of the “Modern-day Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” used the increasingly familiar photo of McArthur as a shopping mall Santa. The lack of a less flattering photo is probed by the Globe and Mail. (Police say releasing a mug shot would require a “valid investigative purpose.") At the same time, there's an effort to circulate a non-mug shot of McArthur's alleged victim Dean Lisowick.

Facebook giveth and Facebook taketh away. We still can only guess what the PM was meeting with FB about—beyond that it apparently it had something to do with Fake News. But one local company that banked on Facebook's traffic largesse, Diply, finds itself ankled by changes to the algorithm that are burying influencers. (Ontario Proud, however, claims peak enthusiasm for Liberal-bashing, thanks to shitposts about “Peoplekind.”)  Whatever the fate of professional sharing on the embattled Facebook, it’s still being used by the FairPlay Canada coalition to push for pirated streaming sites to be blocked. And there's still a group lobbying Ottawa to fund more media:

Nathan Downer and Mike Tyson will be immortalized together forever like a washer and a dryer. Remember the 2014 interview where the CP24 anchor asked the pushy pugilist whether it was a good idea for sitting mayor Rob Ford to meet with a convicted rapist? The one that led the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council to censure CP24 for failing to bleep out Tyson's midday swears? Well, it’s being added to the nearly completed collage at the Monte Carlo Laundromat:

The Ordinary cosmetics mogul sounds like just another startup eccentric. Brandon Truaxe, the founder of Toronto skin care company Deciem, has been stirring things up with an oddball series of Intagram posts perceived as hinting at chaos behind the scenes of the company's cheap-formula-making machinery. It may all amount to mere trolling, of a type the cosmetics industry is unaccustomed to.

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Toronto's most famous Coffee Time, at Dupont and Lansdowne, has temporarily reopened with this new name—adding to the legacy of "Cloney Time" rebrands.

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