“It is a balanced examination of the issues.” BBC Current Affairs creative director Sam Bagnall has ended up in Twitter debates over the CBC Documentary channel’s last-minute decision to cancel Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best? The U.K.'s communications regulator determined the doc didn’t raise any issues warranting investigation, even if some Canadian subjects found it biased against them:

Stephen LeDrew isn’t going to shut up. The fired CP24 host is shouting about his dismissal—even offering his services as a regular debater on Tucker Carlson Tonight. LeDrew wouldn't provide the Toronto Star with his dismissal letters, because he thinks "that will drive everyone up a wall." Naturally, the sacking is discussed on Tucker Carlson’s website The Daily Caller, which laments that “We Live in the Age of News as Unintentional Parody.”

The alt-weekly era isn’t going down without a few fights. Catering to a readership that has almost entirely abandoned print has resulted in some strange scenes amongst those alt weeklies trying to survive—including at L.A. Weekly, where staffers fired by new owners with conservative political ties are trying to kill the paper. Locally, a mission by Bill Hicks Bar in Leslieville to avenge the cash-strapped Now Magazine for covering a “transphobic tweet” has drawn enough attention for a rebuttal:

Nathan Phillips’ descendant is in a trapezoid of trouble. Mark Phillips, charged with assaulting a family outside a St. Thomas strip mall while yelling about ISIS, had his family roots exposed by CBC News. Turns out he's the great-grandson of Toronto’s first Jewish mayor. (None of the allegations have been proven in court.) Phillips is described by a pal as “pretty multi-cultural in the friends he made." His page has been deleted from the website of his recent employer, personal injury firm Barapp Law.

Doug Ford yells at you from the subway above Toronto. A new subway extension to Vaughan opens this weekend. The six new stations have no collector booths, only automatic fare gates—which might help the TTC curb those $50 million in annual fare evasions. DoFo seems quite excited that students will no longer have to take a bus to York University. Meanwhile, he's evidently still hoping to use Scarborough's envy to get himself elected mayor.

The cartooning of an error Jagmeet Singh never actually made. The Canadian Press updated a story that wrongly claimed the NDP leader held a campaign event in the wrong riding. But since the CP story wasn’t updated on all websites, let alone deleted from social media accounts, the lack of an overt correction resulted in the Globe and Mail’s cartoonist illustrating a false premise:

Bon Jovi doesn’t need his ACC banner anymore. A deal that folds the Argos into MLSE, along with the Leafs, Raptors and Toronto FC, has led to speculation that the Blue Jays are next, now that there's no longer any hope of getting the NFL to move from Buffalo. Jon Bon Jovi, who was the public face of the abortive Bills deal, was weirdly rewarded at the time with entry into the "Air Canada Centre Hall of Fame." It doesn't mean much now that he'll be inducted into the one for rock and roll.

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This restaurant in Leslieville has faced a backlash for publicly blaming price hikes on Ontario's increased minimum wage.

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