“A New Underground Railroad” illustrated in The New Yorker. Vive, a refugee safe house on the west side of Buffalo, gets a 6,000-word look in New York's fanciest magazine—although asylum claims were already on the rise in Canada before Donald Trump showed up at the White House.

Tourism Toronto in a time of Trump. “The Views are Different Here,” says a new promotional video from Tourism Toronto. The advertising campaign, launched to commemorate the city's 183rd birthday, contains enough swagger to override the “Toronto Unlimited” disaster of a dozen years ago. Meanwhile, Maclean’s writer Scott Gilmore guested with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria to ponder whether the Canadian dream has supplanted the American one.

Uber drivers can’t help deliver a baby like a cabbie can. Beck Taxi is promoting the fact that their driver knew enough to steer to a cop shop when a new head suddenly appeared in his back seat. This is, by far, the least of Uber's problems.

Kingsway Theatre’s owner is sticking by his bag-check policy. Local actress Oluniké Adeliyi refused to surrender her backpack upon entering the cinema, then refused to leave. A call to police, during which theatre owner Rui Pereira described Adeliyi as "black," made her believe racial discrimination was involved. Pereira posted her photo to Facebook with his side of the story, then elaborated on her “torrent of hatred and slander.”  

Subway swipes at the CBC, again. The methodology used by Marketplace to report that Subway was passing off soy protein as chicken has been questioned by food scientists, who are wondering why the test was done through a wildlife research centre at Trent University. A food scientist from Guelph who was involved in the research now says he feels the show was misleading. In response to Subway claiming that the results are “100 per cent false,” the CBC's follow-up has noted “the reality of DNA testing is slightly more nuanced.” Whatever the case, crisis communications remain good for print media advertising sales:

Cumberland Terrace can’t be killed. A decade into serious deliberation about the future of 2 Bloor West, the 1974 mall lingers on death row, even as Yorkville readies for cultural rejuvenation as the home of the TD Jazz Festival. Currently, Cumberland Terrace is just one of six intriguingly bleak neighbourhood shopping concourses being readied for overhauls. The wrecking balls might still take a while:

333 Yonge might remain a record store, after all. Sunrise Records president Doug Putman previously said the chain couldn’t come to an agreement to take over the HMV flagship, but now he tells Billboard that they’re still working on it. (The former Sunrise across the street is now a toy store.)

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A study on whether the city's new, critter-repellent green bins are working involves measuring whether dead ones lost weight.

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