A banner day for stock photos to illustrate Fake News. “This is not about refereeing the election,” democratic institutions minister Karina Gould says of the federal plan to have five bureaucrats monitoring potential interference. Nonetheless, it sounds like a Liberal plot to a certain type of Postmedia pundit:

Were trolls from Russia behind getting Google to glorify Omar Khadr? The notion was floated on Twitter, based on charting how a Wikipedia edit evidently led to a Google error that supplied outrage for Andrew Scheer. The reality is a lot less nefarious.

Vic Fedeli is symbolically suing Patrick Brown for $8 million. Ontario’s finance minister is disputing allegations printed in Brown's book, Takedown. Brown, who’s suing CTV for the same amount, says he hasn’t been formally served by Fedeli. Meanwhile, the notion of Brown running for provincial Liberal leader someday nudged nearer to a fun fantasy:

“Unfortunately, due to my extensive commitments, I am unable to accommodate the extensive time required for such an appointment at this point in time.” Hazel McCallion, who was announced as a municipal issues adviser to Doug Ford on the verge of turning 98, announced that she’s now too busy for Queen’s Park at any price.

Jean Machine exits its spot at the bottom of the Eaton Centre. The final days of the Canadian mall chain generated a feature from the Toronto Star about how taking over a jean shop lease at the Cedarbrae Mall in 1976, followed by the bankruptcy of Jean Junction in 1982, led to a thriving chain that was owned in tandem with Sunrise Records. Some of the longtime “denim sommeliers” are out of work:

Jan in 35 Pieces brings a twist in the tale of Porcupine’s Quill. Tim and Elke Inkster were hoping to sell their 45-year-old book publishing operation to Ken Whyte, who planned to integrate it with his new book company, Sutherland House. But the Canada Council rejected the idea. Recently, the PQ-published autobiography of 83-year-old cellist Ian Hampton was shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize, further postponing alternate retirement goals:

Ticketmaster cleared of mass scalping charges by the Competition Bureau. An investigation into claims of bots buying the best seats determined that no laws were ever violated. The bureau isn’t done with looking to crack down on those service fees.

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