Crack-smoking mayor’s brother gets a new job. Headlines outside of Canada can’t avoid the shadow of Rob Ford, no matter how weird it is that DoFo could be running the province soon. Richard Florida tweeted some condescending parallels to the rise of Donald Trump—and he fears that U.S. tech giants will steer clear of a premier Doug Ford. The new Ontario PC leader similarly provided instant panic fodder for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, which defended the blitz on the grounds that its stateside counterpart also fundraises this way:

The legend of @MikeHockey1234. Before Christine Elliott conceded defeat to Doug Ford, the Twitter hashtag #crookedchristine was being propagated by several accounts of unknown origin. The clumsy social media fakery made a meme out of “Mike Hockey,” an imaginary man with the face of the president of the University of North Carolina’s Asian Business Association. The name will hopefully live on as the virtual embodiment of Ford Nation.

Justin Trudeau’s drag queen doppelgänger gets no apology. A recent Daily Mail audit of “the world’s most PC politician?” featured a photo of someone who looked kinda like the PM dressed in some degree of drag. The shot was soon identified as a 20-year-old picture of Brooklyn writer Brian Gresko, who asked for an apology from the paper. The Mail eventually removed the image, without an apology. Gresko had to accept the regrets he could get:

Andrea Constand got $3.5 million from Bill Cosby. The amount of the civil settlement paid to Constand, a Toronto resident, in 2006 was revealed in the New York Post. Her defence team wants the sum known, because they consider it pocket change for Cosby. Cosby's sexual assault re-trial, expected to last all of April, may include testimony from 19 other accusers.

Gregg Zaun is back to manalyzing, on YouTube. Getting fired from Rogers Sportsnet in November because of “inappropriate behaviour and comments,” for which Zaun later issued an apology, has led "The Manalyst" to try rebooting his career independently. (A comparable effort from Jian Ghomeshi last spring never made its promised return.) Zaun's YouTube show, Manalyst TV, debuted with a half-hour that looked like a hostage video. Now he's doling out the baseball punditry in shorter spurts. A recent affirmation expresses support for management who enforce employee standards:

The most local celebrities ever packed into the Monte Carlo Laundromat. Robert De Luca has now spent 600 hours on Keele Street, between Eglinton and Lawrence, painting caricatures of Toronto characters on the walls of a landromat. While he doesn’t expect to finish until May, #the6Mural was commemorated over the weekend with a wall autograph from John Tory, and a party featuring some of the painted faces, including Dart Guy:

“Part vigil, part celebration” gets called off at city hall. A planned "#LoveWins" concert on March 29 at Nathan Phillips Square was originally supposed to be a response to the Church-Wellesley serial killings. But the idea met with scathing criticism. Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam has announced the event's postponement, acknowledgeing that the idea “created an unintentional division at a historic time.”

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The new logo for the Ontario Cannabis Store was part of a $650,000 branding contract—although the other OCS no doubt paid less for a nearly identical one

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