“Always a pleasure to be in Canada, my home away from home.” Prince Harry wants the spotlight to be on the competitors in the Invictus Games. But his bloodline won’t really allow it. Meghan Markle, who was sitting in a different section during the opening ceremony, was close enough for it to qualify as a joint public appearance, barely. Meanwhile, lots of people are determined to interpret Harry’s apparent suit adjustment as a subversive signal

Stouffville mayor docked 30 days pay for CSI-style wall. Justin Altmann’s montage of washroom headshots has led to an integrity commissioner recommendation that he be docked a month's salary. (The mayor initially defended the creepy display, claiming it was just a “mind map.")

Julian Fantino goes from weed warnings to pushing prescriptions. Prior to his 2015 electoral defeat as a Vaughan MP, the former top cop led the attack on the Liberal plan to legalize all cannabis. Now he’s an executive with medical marijuana middlemen Aleafia, alongside former RCMP commissioner Raf Souccar. They insist their focus is on the medical benefits. Fantino says he hasn’t changed his stand on this old plank:

Drake’s pallbearer turn prompts curiosity about his reticence. The rapper helped carry the casket at the Saturday funeral of his friend Anthony Soares, who was gunned down in a midnight ambush in Scarborough. Police appealed for the rapper's help in identifying the hooded and masked killers, but Drake has so far not obliged. (He did post a tribute on Instagram.) This isn’t the first time he has been quiet after intersecting with some headlines.

“The Free Speech Comedy Show” revival begs to be argued about. Comedy Bar cancelled a show last month whose promotion parodied a rally held outside of a cancelled panel at Ryerson. Now, the lineup has been re-booked at a larger venue:

Indigo sparks a Facebook fracas for being animal-friendly. Customer portraits inspired by Humans of New York might seem like the least likely thing to spark an endless argument on a retailer’s Facebook page. But all it apparently takes are a few people with dog allergies.  (The debate is, at least, drumming up more attention than pictures of books.)

The passing of a pair of cable TV pipeline pioneers. David Graham, the co-founder of Cablecasting, sold to Shaw in 1992—not long after his marriage to Barbara Amiel ended—was the subject of a lively obit from the Globe and Mail. Carl Newton, who had his name on a similar company in Downsview bought by Rogers, also died earlier this month—as noted by ex-staffer Ed the Sock.

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President Donald Trump's description of the Pittsburgh Penguins, whose Canadian-dominated, Stanley Cup-winning roster is still planning to visit the White House.

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