The final courting of NDP leadership voters. Charlie Angus claims his meeting with the Toronto Star editorial board amounted to them trying to find a way to liken his platform to Rob Ford's or Donald Trump's. (The newspaper settled for highlighting his sympathy for oil pipelines.) Tom Mulcair argues his successor should be a sitting MP, an obvious undermining of Jagmeet Singh—who's still seen by some as too Sikh for Quebec. (Other Sikhs accuse him of playing identity politics.) Meanwhile, like Singh months before her, Niki Ashton can finally say she's been the subject of American clickbait:

Woodbine bike lanes bring out the duelling petitions. Doug Ford has been thrilled to hear that east-end residents are fuming at John Tory over what they see as a dangerous strategy: removing a car lane to make room for cyclists. Councillor Mary Margaret-McMahon is urging patience. Lane supporters are making the exact arguments you’d probably expect, while lane opponents insist that few locals are ever going to use them.

Running with the dogs at an exhibit about suburbia. Wide Open World, a display of artifacts from beyond pre-amalgamation Toronto's city limits, is the next big exhibit at the Toronto Archives. A series of videos with curator Manda Vranic promote many images that haven’t been seen by the public before, including the one on the exhibit poster, taken at Queensway Park in Etobicoke. But there’s most likely nothing better than this bus shelter:

The subway to Vaughan includes a new stealth platform. Joining six new stops on the Spadina line extension, opening December 17, is an extra underground terminal at Finch West designed for light-rail vehicles that may never arrive. According to CP24’s story about the final touches, the TTC still has a to-do list of about 1,500 snags. Meanwhile, the agency spent $50K on decals trumpeting its triumph as Transit System of the Year.

Nardwuar the Human Serviette is summing up 30 years in 20 hours. Vancouver’s encyclopedic interviewer, broadcasting since 1987 on UBC radio station CiTR, will be the subject of a marathon retrospective. Narduwar, who legally changed his name from John Ruskin, is taking the opportunity to reveal more of what’s beneath the tam o' shanter pom-pom. For one thing, he says he passed up an opportunity to interrogate Stephen Harper, because the future PM’s handlers wouldn’t agree to playing with the Hip Flip. Nardwuar realizes he should’ve done the chat and pulled it out at the end.

Ottawa punkers get the drawback of going viral. Zex, a band that seems almost like a Spinal Tap-style glam parody act, earned some accidental attention when music from their album Uphill Battle turned up on German-pressed vinyl copies of Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Much coverage ensued, which led to the band being dropped from its record label amid sexual assault allegations against guitarist Jo Capitalcide—who says the claims are "untrue and hurtful." Luckily for Zex, the accusations started flying only after this Toronto Star story went to print:

Polaris Music Prize winner claims her sound was deliberately sabotaged. Lido Pimienta accepted $50K for her Spanish-language album La Papessa with a speech that included a complaint about how she sounded during her ceremony performance: “I could not hear myself when I was up here. I’m fucking pissed off,” she said. "Thank you though, motherfuckers.” She thinks her monitors were messed up by technicians, as revenge for making them remove drums to accommodate her dancers.

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As he pledged to push forward with his "tax fairness" agenda, Justin Trudeau used these words to describe his inherited wealth—which he says no longer has a role in managing.

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