The most unlikely promotion for Prime Day. Amazon’s annual sale to lure sign-ups to its premium service includes a considerable amount of discounted crap. But it's also being hailed for lowering astronomical food insecurity in Nunavut. Still, some residents fear that Jeff Bezos will look at the numbers and end the discounts soon enough

The smell of chlorine permeates a human rights complaint over topless swimming. Ontario’s human rights tribunal released the names of establishments being formally complained about for their policies requiring women to wear swim tops. Eight are hotels in Ottawa and across Eastern Ontario, and the other is the city of Cornwall. The complainant’s name hasn't been disclosed, and there's no indication that she visited the pools.

The kind of tweets that can’t be blocked. London, Ontario bar Ale House received plenty of press for using its marquee to sarcastically thank premier “Kath” for the side effects of a $15 minimum wage. A new sign, evidently designed in an effort to attract the 71 per cent of Canadians who apparently disapprove of the payout to Omar Khadr, seems to be drawing a comparable amount of attention:

Proud Boys are making everyone else look bad now. Fashion brand Fred Perry doesn't love the fact that its black polo shirts are being used as a uniform by Gavin McInnes' fraternity. Meanwhile, the group's waving of the Red Ensign flag has raised alarm with the Royal Canadian Legion.

For Better or For Worse outrages in retrospect. Lynn Johnston’s comic strip saga of the Patterson family of Milwood, Ontario followed its 2008 sign-off with reprints dating back to the 1980s—a move that has generated the occasional letter to the Toronto Star about retrograde attitudes. The latest offended subscriber threatened to cancel if there are any more depictions of insect torture, which Johnston herself notes also happened on the first run. But her editors knew in advance that the spider was to be set free:

A busted article about Broken Social Scene. The Globe and Mail’s ridiculously rambling report on the rock conglomerate was penned by Ben Kaplan, no stranger to backlash for his writing style. Kevin Drew also took the opportunity to vent about another publication trashing the group's recent Field Trip festival show—especially because putting that critic on the guest list set Drew back $40.

Hockey Night in Canada’s true oral history was threatened into a pulp. Kliph Nesteroff’s new Viceland series, Funny How?, picks up where his book, The Comedians, left off in charting the evolution of jokesters. But on Vish Khanna’s Kreative Kontrol podcast, Nesteroff details how a deal with Penguin Canada for a similar history of HNIC was killed by lawyers. The publisher presented it to the CBC to collaborate on the marketing—but the network didn't want any salacious stuff highlighted. (Later, the official HNIC coffee table book avoided the gory details behind the Dave Hodge pen flip.)

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An unexplained late-night weekend melee at the chain's Queen and Broadview location was captured on YouTube and posted for detailed dissection on Reddit.

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