Liberal MPP denies her own tweeting. Just as the province seeks to discipline a jail guard who shared details about an inmate in segregation, an account belonging to provincial lawmaker Nathalie Des Rosiers stepped in it, too. A tweet from the account acknowledged one full year since the death of Abdirahman Abdi—for which an Ottawa constable faces charges. But calling it a "murder" was incorrect: the trial won’t start until February 2019, so the officer is presumed innocent. Des Rosiers later claimed that somebody else was responsible for the tweets. But not before whoever had the password until this morning tried to walk it back:

Rolling Stone writer attacked by a nation of copy editors. Stephen Rodrick, author of the magazine's Justin Trudeau cover story, committed typos that betrayed a lack of Canada literacy—like references to the “Liberty” party and the “Royal Canadian Mountain Police." But those quibbles were just the tip of the globally-warmed iceberg of criticism of his fawning take on the PM. Most urgently of all, Conservatives shouted that portraying Trudeau as the anti-Donald Trump will jeopardize NAFTA talks. Canadian exceptionalism won the day in the end, anyhow, thanks to the army promoting the fact that they don’t plan a transgender ban.

"This is really a shock for us; it's not a small cow. It does not belong in this community.” Cathedraltown Ratepayers Association member Tammy Armes is leading the charge against a chrome sculpture. The statue is called “Brookview Tony Charity,” after what’s considered the greatest show cow of all time. The original, non-chrome cow was a prized possession of the late mining magnate Stephen B. Roman, who conceived the Cathedraltown community in 1984. But his legacy doesn’t seem to mean much to the poutiest of the area's 1,200 residents, who displayed their disapproval to the local newspaper:

Dead malls are the new urban ruins. The increasingly vacant tombs on the American landscape are getting more attention because of projects like YouTube filmmaker Dan Bell’s Dead Mall Series. There are fears that a downsizing Sears Canada will hollow out shopping centres north of the border, too—although the retailer's portfolio still includes several locations ripe for redevelopment. Meanwhile, Sears has turned its Facebook feedback private to disarm protestors, as a lawyer for former staff seeks to quash executive bonuses.

Pop Shoppe spiker argues that kids have no interest in drinking alcoholic soft drinks. Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health are taking on Blue Spike Beverages, the maker of new alcoholic versions of Pop Shoppe beverages. But the hard soda maker claims that no one under 40 would’ve heard of the Pop Shoppe, anyway: “The best way to make a product unappealing to a younger crowd is to advertise it to their parents,” Blue Spike co-founder Mathieu Gagnon-Oosterwaal tells the Toronto Star. The brand's marketing currently includes touring summer fairs, where vendors transform it into a frozen treat:

Spot the differences at Postmedia. A rewrite of a Mail Online rewrite of a story from Spanish hunting magazine Jara y Sedal focused on a theory that Melania Capitan, a hunting enthusaist, was driven to kill herself because she was hassled on Facebook by animal rights activists. The piece moved through Postmedia’s pipeline, drawing attention to how its posting at outlets like the National Post compared to the tabloid version that originated at the Toronto Sun, which included a few extra adjectives:

Annie Leibovitz photos fail the Canadian cultural significance test for the fourth (and final) time. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia scored 2,000 celebrity portraits on the condition that the donor would be credited for a $20-million tax writeoff, of which the photographer would get a much-needed fair share. But, after repeated requests to the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board over the past four years, the tribunal has finally decided that all they can see here is a tax grab.

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The new branding for a new recipe for Coke Zero sparked a backlash that's pretty mild relative to what happened when they reformulated the sugary version.

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