Coming down from the high of C-Day. The first day of legal weed brought lots of dumb media stuff, with Edmonton emerging as the first capital of recreational weed retail. And it turns out there’s a way around the marketing restrictions: simply wait for the Ontario Cannabis Store to mislabel a product. A whole new era has foggily dawned for everyone:

Rob Ford could never create such chaos. CNN anchor Jake Tapper tweeting about Iowa congressman Steve King dubiously boosting Faith Goldy led Goldy, who's running for mayor, to point to Tapper’s 1998 story about going on a date with Bill Clinton’s former intern. Monica Lewinsky herself then questioned the equivalency, which led Goldy to engage in some of her own slut-shaming, drawing reaction from the likes of Debra Messing.

“I am stunned that the leader of the opposition would cross the floor and intentionally, yelling and screaming, push me.” Conservative MPP Donna Skelly is accusing the Ontario NDP leader of an aggressive physical intervention. Andrea Horwath says it was just a tap on the shoulder for a 20-year acquaintance, who previously anchored at CHCH:

CHCH will get a new home in the suburbs of Hamilton. The long-term prospects for the TV channel seemed dodgy before it replaced all-day news with retro reruns, but owner Channel Zero now plans a new building. CHCH previously hoped to stay in its old location, as part of the Television City condos, but that plan ran into some snags.

The chief of Sidewalk Labs has been reading its press. Dan Doctoroff told a Toronto audience that Alphabet isn’t looking to colonize Quayside for data or development opportunities, but rather to be “an essential catalyst.” While criticism continues to escalate, Sidewalk proposes a “Civic Data Trust.” 

Rupi Kaur turned poetry into the new social selfie. Peel Region’s most successful minimalist verse writer leveraged her personal branding all the way to Cosmopolitan India. Kaur’s way of treating herself as a business has motivated other poets:

How can we miss Elton John if he never goes away? The singer’s first of two farewell tour visits to Toronto included a stop at record store Sonic Boom. During a break from the road, he shared a photo praising the Senator Diner for “the best burger in the world.” Elton also gave a heartfelt Apple Beats 1 Rocket Hour shout-out to local band the Beaches.

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Hudson’s Bay removed a $45 baseball cap emblazoned with these words from its website after some complaints.

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