Justin Trudeau’s memes ain't what they used to be. The planet was once easily delighted by a PM who could pretend to know about quantum computing—before his job became more complicated. Still, he was happy to reprise the act for a Bloomberg tech-travel show about the rise of AI in Canada, in a throwback to those simpler times:

“I’m on a fruit farm here… if you want to compare apples and peaches, it’s night and day.” Doug Ford delivered this quote from an actual fruit farm near Sarnia, contrasting the alleged indiscretions of Ontario PC candidates with "The Real NDP.” But while DoFo continues bashing NDP candidate Tasleem Riaz for apparently sharing an Adolf Hitler meme, one of his aspiring MPPs may have some Nazi problems of his own: PressProgress unearthed a 2016 podcast clip of Andrew Lawton remarking that Holocaust denial debates are “fun to watch.”

Why wait for the bank to be hacked when you can overshare information for yourself? BMO customer social insurance numbers turned up in a data dump. And customers of CIBC’s Siimpli Financial are claiming that a data breach led to funds vanishing from their accounts. Meanwhile, a new stealthy Royal Bank-backed app raises an eyebrow:

Hot metal slide solution looks ludicrous to John Tory. The mayor spoke out against the shutdown of some slides at the Corktown Common playground. (The metal kiddie rides were baking in the sun, because the nearby trees still aren’t mature enough to keep them cool.) Now, the city is looking into a canopy to replace some strange “shade sails,” installed due to the fact that a two-year-old girl got a second-degree knee burn last summer.

Somebody bought the rights to Hilarious House of Frightenstein. Kids’ production company Headspinner has acquired all intellectual property from the show produced at CHCH-TV in 1971. Hopes for the concept include a live-action revival, even though the original hinged entirely on characters played by the late Billy Van. He received no residuals for all the Frightenstein reruns—but later channelled his Count character in a commercial:

Nick Michaels dead at 67. The prolific voiceover artist flourished in Toronto before moving to the U.S. in 1977. But he returned to local airwaves when his show The Deep End aired on Q107. Michaels was also the off-camera host of Friday Night Videos, the series that NBC jettisoned SCTV for in 1983, in order to turn record company commercials into content:

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The name of the messaging app that tech entrepreneur Matthew Staikos was planning to launch before he was shot dead in Yorkville.

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