“This case is not merely a case about breach of contract. It is about how a democracy functions.” Clayton Ruby helped get Faith Goldy the first meaningful press for her mayoral bid. She’s suing CP24 over its refusal to air her campaign commercial, which Bell Media believes it had the right to reject. But then it was back to antics like getting her American sidekick to interrupt a debate:

There’s another Norm who wants to be the next @norm. Norm Gardner, the political veteran best remembered for shooting and wounding a man who tried to rob his bakery, is aiming to return to city hall at age 80. His race is against John Filion, who once shared the Willowdale ward with Gardner. Filion was ready to retire until Doug Ford reduced the number of council wards. (He would have gone out on a high note, having just shut down that sex doll brothel.)

American Apparel returns by sending nudes. The clothing brand salvaged from bankruptcy by Gildan Activewear, a company that shares Montreal origins with AA founder Dov Charney, is trying to transcend his unfashionable reputation. A recent American Apparel collection called “NUDES,” packed with progressive buzzwords to offset Charney’s legacy of oversexualized imagery, is going north of the border:

The abnormal decimation of Deciem. Brandon Truaxe, the founder and CEO of the Toronto beauty brand behind The Ordinary skin care line, became a polarizing figure in the past year because of his antics on Instagram. Truaxe used the platform to announce the immediate shutdown of his retail empire, while claiming that almost everyone involved with Deciem engaged in “major criminal activity.” Or maybe it’s nothing more than a marketing stunt.

Just one more week to wonder what legal weed will smell like. The Toronto Police Service's announcement that officers can’t consume cannabis within 28 days of working adds to the pile of new pot policies. Legalization will also come with limits on marijuana marketing—even if nobody seems to know what types of ads will be allowed. In the meantime, multinational companies can count on clickbait severy time they muse about marijuana:

Right Here, Right Now instructs everyone else to be vigilant. Stephen Harper is getting stateside headlines for advising old-stock conservatives to respect “ordinary working people” if they want to triumph over Trump. Discussing his book with the likes of Maria Bartiromo is good for Harper’s elder statesman image. But that doesn’t stop Canadian media from feeling like he’s back to ghosting them:

Justin Trudeau acknowleged that #NewspapersMatter in the middle of a long weekend. National Newspaper Week finally got its coveted PMJT tweet on Saturday night at 7:33. Trudeau saluting news media as a protector of democracy spurred Torstar chair John Honderich to pen yet another piece wondering when Ottawa will provide the industry with any kind of financial lifeline.

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The ballpark where Blue Jays farm team the Buffalo Bisons play has changed its sponsorship from Coca-Cola to the local meat processor.

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