Did a second cousin of Ian Hanomansing trip up Peter Mansbridge’s victory lap? The Trinidad Express reported that the island nation native had been chosen to take over The National after years as an understudy to Mansbridge, who's leaving on July 1. But the source of the tip wasn’t the CBC—it was Hanomansing's TV producer relative, Gideon Hanoomansingh (who was not only once an anchorman in Trinidad and Tobago but also a member of parliament). Would he invent fake news? A non-denial came via Vancouver:

The changing face of television newsworthiness. CBC Toronto keeps pushing condo rental market horror stories under the banner "No Fixed Address." The series launched with reporter Shannon Martin’s tale of being a 32-year-old couch surfer, and it's now augmented with other tales of being stung by sudden condo rental hikes. (This renter strife isn't to be confused with actual homelessness, which City TV chronicled on its newscasts 33 years ago in a series called "Raymond—No Fixed Address.")

The hits just keep on coming at the TTC. The transit agency is defending subway ads for the WeedMaps app and simultaneously pushing random drug testing for its own employees. Meanwhile, Ryerson's student press is raising questions about whether there’s any racial discrimination involved in fare enforcement. Then, this morning, came news that buses will replace streetcars this summer on Queen Street, because of construction. If that wasn't enough, the cost of Scarborough subway construction is now pegged at $3.35 billion—or roughly $1.45 million for every new daily rider. Mayor John Tory is still forging ahead, though, as new city councillor Neethan Shan made his debut behind the eternal announcement lectern:

Kellie Leitch probably deserves a few more letters after her name for that video. For all the guffaws about Leitch's new campaign video, the Conservative leadership candidate’s “Screening for Canadian Values” sermon was a viral success, which she celebrated by wearing a lab coat to a Kevin O’Leary-free debate in Edmonton. The contrarian hot take, naturally, is that the video's awkwardness was “a masterwork of Trumpian distraction.”

The all-day breakfast answer to Super Size Me. Regina writer Devin Pacholik gave McDonald’s a few thousand free coffees' worth of publicity by chronicling a week of eating nothing but its morning menu, now that all-day McDonald's breakfast is a thing. But the experiment hit a snag when he discovered the McGriddle still isn’t being made after 11 a.m. At least he got a portrait out of the meal deal:

Roncesvalles store is looking for a new candyperson. Sweet Thrills proprietor Ok-nam Yang died in 2010, leaving the shop he opened 14 years earlier in limbo, although the neighbours rallied to keep it alive. The business was taken over by his brother-in-law, who also opened a second location at Dufferin Mall for a while. Michael Kang is now trying to find the right person to pay $149,900 for the right to run the place. (A Facebook comment suggests it will stay open until a buyer is found.)

Giving up the ghost of Star Touch. David Holland, the outgoing CEO of Torstar, all but admitted that the Toronto Star's once-vaunted tablet app is unsalvageable. “My successor will have to work very hard on this,” he said during a quarterly earnings call. (Between $2 and $4 million will be added to Star Touch's $35 million tab during 2017.)

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Ontario hydro rates will reportedly be cut by 25 per cent after Queen's Park is finished doing this to the financing costs of electricity generation contracts.

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