Justin Trudeau makes use of his true training. “I hate as a teacher to reward bad behaviour,” the PM told his town hall in Hamilton, before responding to a heckler who raised the federal government's $10.5-million payment to Omar Khadr. (Trudeau got a standing ovation for proclaiming zero tolerance for a Canadian being tortured.) But the resulting partisan print exposure served a purpose on social media:

Sidewalk Toronto honcho plays the AMA game. Dan Doctoroff, the former Michael Bloomberg lieutenant now working with Alphabet to develop a data-collecting village at Quayside, responded to questions from Redditors: “It should be fully integrated into the fabric of the metropolitan area,” replied Doctoroff to one query about whether Sidewalk is proposing a Google-powered bubble, affirming that “quality of life is job one.” (The AMA format is also useful for being able to avoid answering any question that looks too complicated.)

“No Names, Only Monsters” pushes Concordia University to investigate sexual misconduct. Mike Spry’s essay about the “drunken nights of misbehaviour” and other inappropriate activity he claims to have witnessed over 14 years in a creative writing department has prompted Concordia president Alan Shepard to launch an investigation that he promises won’t “sweep anything under the rug.” But novelist Heather O’Neill claims that much sweeping went on when she was a student there two decades ago, enabled by CanLit’s entanglements of faculty and gatekeepers:

Global Television's owner is forced to concede that the medium has fallen and can’t get up. Quarterly results for Corus Entertainment had sobering statistics about advertiser apathy toward network broadcasting, although the company hopes for a rebound with technology that allows for “programmatic” targeting similar to predatory online ads. A different model comes via Bell Media’s launch of The Launch, a show that aspires to unearth singing talent with which to bombard their airwaves.

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Making fun of Mortdecai is off the menu at Netflix. The three-year-old Johnny Depp disaster has remained a fascination of Toronto film Twitter. And its addition to Netflix Canada next week has revived that relevance (not to mention the timely appointment of one Mike Mordecai as quality control coach for the Blue Jays). Still, the fact that this sublime tweet was deleted without explanation suggests that the company still doesn't have enough Hollywood clout to risk promotion of hate-watching.

Corey Haim flame-keepers seem easily outraged. A Tale of Two Coreys made its debut on Lifetime, and Rolling Stone got a top 10 list out of its most WTF moments. The film's executive producer, Corey Feldman, has just been accused of sexual battery for groping a woman’s backside, which he denies having done. Meanwhile, the appearance of Haim’s burial site on TripAdvisor riled up his Facebook tribute page, where members were agitated enough by this cheerful photo to get the listing deleted:

It’s “dank krippy” not “dank trippy.” A truly tragic typo in yesterday’s newsletter misidentified the most viral of Health Canada's official slang terms for cannabis. The logic behind legitimizing “dank krippy” remains rather mysterious, although it previously appeared on Colorado's legalization nickname list.

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A broken water main at Yonge and York Mills is to blame for a crater-sized cavity.

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