“I am the first Canadian in the history of Canada to be arrested under motion M103.” Kevin Johnston made this incorrect declaration after he was charged under hate crime laws. The arrest will bring more views to Freedom Report, his Mississauga-based online media company with a pornography aesthetic—also distributed through YouTube—whose recent guests include Joe Warmington. Now Johnston has plenty of material to expound upon before his court date in September:

Judge spotted shopping in Trump clothing cleared because he didn't mean it. Toni Skarica, a Superior Court judge and former Ontario PC MPP, had to explain to the Canadian Judicial Council that he only wore a "Make America Great Again" t-shirt because he likes it as a piece of memorabilia, and that he “does not intend to wear the T-shirt in public in any meaningful way.” (Bernd Zabel, another judge, has a disciplinary hearing for once wearing his MAGA cap in court scheduled for next month.)

Catching up with the World’s Largest Rubber Duck. After a successful run in Toronto, the duck's arrival in smaller ports has sparked a similar selfie frenzy—from Owen Sound to Sault Ste. Marie to Midland. The big yellow bath toy has this coming weekend off before sailing into Amherstburg, and lastly Brockville, in what might prove the best $121,000 the province ever spent. And just when you figured people were tired of duck sighting tweets, a wildly popular one was nested into others, then those circulated even more:

George A. Romero memorial brought the zombies to Mount Pleasant Cemetery in broad daylight. Night of the Living Dead devotees knew it’d be alright to show up to this public visitation in gory makeup. The display incorporated some films and memorabilia, a skeletal-faced floral arrangement and a large Romero doll, plus two yellow rubber ducks on his closed coffin lid. (The filmmaker’s journey from Pittsburgh to Toronto is discussed in the latest episode of The Important Cinema Club.)

Margaret Atwood salute by The Emoji Movie assailed as too offensive. Cultural guardians of The Handmaid’s Tale revival reacted with outrage to a parody used to promote a new emoji-based flick. And so, the image was gone before long. (Atwood, who often contradicts critics who attempt to define her work, is unfortunately on a Twitter break.)

Arcade Fire audience alert may or may not have undermined its promo shtick. The new album, Everything Now, is getting press through fake news media bait, published on spoofs of reputable websites. One fake story has it that the Montreal band spent a decade creating a music video with Terry Gilliam. Another says the group's members filed a series of lawsuits over their millennial whoop. Meanwhile, a supposed “HIP & TRENDY” dress code for a Brooklyn show was refuted by the band—of course, that made stories on its own. Vice, whose marketing side regularly worked with Arcade Fire, tries to explain. (That is, if they’re not getting played.)

CBC Comedy opposition gets spun into a right-winger thing. A portal that purports to help you tell your MP that the public broadcaster crossed a line by joking about the health of U.S. senator John McCain got a writeup in iPolitics. It appears the anti-comedy site was set up by former Kellie Leitch leadership campaign spokesman Michael Diamond, who responds that there’s nothing partisan about hating weak humour. The worst opinion of all: a writer for CBC competitor The Beaverton claiming that he and his colleagues "LOVE and strongly support CBC Comedy."

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