What's that got to do with the price of bread in Canada? Loblaw customers unsettled by the fact that their supermarket admitted to price fixing their bread can now focus on what they more likely care about: the confusing loyalty points merger with Shoppers Drug Mart. But now the Competition Bureau is alleging that $1.50 was baked into the price of every loaf among many players in the industry, which might lead to more guilty gift cards to go along with increased automation. At least the revelation of 14 years of documentation furnished front-page relevance for this stock photo:

“He asked me in his office at Apotex. I was surprised he would ask me.” Barry Sherman’s cousin Kerry Winter told the Toronto Star that he doubts the Sherman deaths were murder because he was twice asked in the 1990s to kill Honey. (The claim contrasts the headline on the story's second appearance on the front of the National Enquirer, which reports on police ruling out murder-suicide.) Winter, who spearheaded the failed billion-dollar lawsuit for a piece of the family fortune, offered much detail in his alibi that he couldn’t have been their killer. More colourful comments were featured by the Daily Mail, as Winter describes his dead cousin as a fast-food-eating cheapskate who found no other joy in life besides “making fucking money.”

Refreshing the lie detector for Doug Ford. Toronto has one less prospective mayoral candidate as DoFo announced he’d rather run as an MPP in Etobicoke North, whether or not he wins the Ontario PC leadership—but remains the surest bet to win if the rumoured challengers never enter the brief race. He took a first shot at rumoured challenger Caroline Mulroney by saying, “I think she’s lived in the United States for the last 20 years," which seems less accurate than Ford once being quoted by the Financial Post that he lived in Chicago for 12. Councillor Mikey disputed it as an alternative fact:

Justin Di Ciano’s twin is on tape offering cash back. The rookie Etobicoke councillor is being probed by provincial anti-corruption police due to a recording of Julien Di Ciano soliciting a $750 campaign donation on the grounds that he’d return $300 to top up the $450 contributor rebate. (Confusing things is that the friends being solicited can’t be heard—and no one recalls such an offer being made.) Dunpar Homes, the developer that employed the twin, has played a role in past allegations that the councillor denies.

Simpson Tower’s facelift progress is torturing architecture purists. Four years after Hudson’s Bay Company sold 401 Bay to Cadillac Fairview, its recladding is nearly complete, to the chagrin of forum posters at Urban Toronto. The consensus is that a glassy makeover comes on the cusp of its style being properly appreciated—one comment hopes it returns to its original aura by darkening from dirt. Nonetheless, those behind the new blue-green curtain wall believe it reflects the look of the future:

Coming up and down with the “Northern Touch.” Twenty years ago, when it was unthinkable that a Toronto rapper could debut atop Billboard, the Rascalz were central to a song engineered to establish Canadian hip-hop—one that will be the subject of a panel discussion at the Toronto Reference Library. Kardinal Offishall, the most animated of its guest star crew, remains in a major label way to this day; Choclair, who was working in a daycare when the track exploded, was last seen freestyling with Frank D’Angelo. All that and more can be gleaned from this detailed retrospective:

Super Bowl helps justify the continued existence of the CRTC. For the second year, Bell Media isn’t allowed to substitute Canadian advertising on the American game feed, which has led to considering a compromise to develop a CTV special consisting of commercials. Meanwhile, the CRTC fully investigated the Weather Network for airing “30 Day" forecasts that stopped at 27 or 28, a point which the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council already dismissed as frivolous. The aggrieved viewer got no further in the attempt to escalate the complaint.

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The most famous location of the chain has closed at the gentrifying intersection of Dupont and Lansdowne.

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