Sidewalk finds a special sideways friend in Adam Vaughan. The downtown MP fears that data privacy concerns are some kind of front to sabotage overall renewal plans for the waterfront. Sidewalk Toronto debates are sure to accelerate this year, even if it ends up left to other cities to print harsher criticism:

WeWork deals with some hard truth from SoftBank. After the co-working operation had a streak of big deals with the likes of the Hudson’s Bay Company, landlords have been pushing back on WeWork's property acquisition tactics, and now its large investment from Japan has been scaled back. Now, what's going to be known as The We Company wants to add banking to its suite of spinoff ideas.

Giving away different trips to Thunder Bay. Following acclaim for the Thunder Bay podcast from Canadaland, which focused on systemic racism facing the city's Indigenous community, the Globe and Mail announced plans to open a bureau there. Meanwhile, a bus ticket to a place that Greyhound doesn’t service anymore is being offered as an undesirable prize on 102.1 the Edge in the first contest from its new morning show sibling duo:

OPSEU exposes the location of Oakville’s secret weed warehouse. The address of the Ontario Cannabis Store wasn’t entirely unpublished, but it was never mentioned in news stories until union boss Warren (Smokey) Thomas cited its address in a statement calling on Doug Ford to stop using police to block efforts to organize workers.

“Those comfortable with cannabis claimed to be more open to messaging that took the approach of 'enjoy responsibly' rather than simply 'beware!’” So concludes a final report from Health Canada-commissioned research sessions over what style of caution labelling works best for cannabis. As for the most amusing conflict over weed branding, the legal battle has some distance left to go:

International Clash Day will be better read than Valentine’s. February 7 joined the list of mayoral proclamation dates last year, with John Tory quoting Joe Strummer. This year, the day will also be marked wth a library dedication to one specific concert:

Canadian music streaming increase outpaces cassette revival. Nielsen numbers for 2018 show Drake leading an on-demand listening boost of 47 per cent. But tape sales also increased about 14 per cent to 8,500, thanks to cassette compliations from Guardians of the Galaxy. Vinyl album sales are up 67 per cent, even though one of the primary 12-inch distributors has seemed to vanish without a trace.

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