Two late city politicians are in line to get things named after them. But a third, Rob Ford, won't be getting a stadium rechristned in his honour—despite an endorsement from John Tory. The other clamshell colleagues to die during this term, Pam McConnell and Ron Moeser, will have tributes considered after almost-unanimous votes in favour. Vincent Crisanti, who was demoted by Tory for supporting Doug Ford's next run, was among the disappointed:

The abortion argument comes back to life. Conservative MP Rachael Harder’s ousting as status of women chair because of her anti-abortion views is surfacing pro-life voices like 21-year-old Palvasha Qureshi, who's on the CBC website wondering why Justin Trudeau’s feminism seems to have no room for her. The debate has also been revived at Queen’s Park, which plans “safe access zones” around abortion clinics, leading Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown to accuse the Liberals of stirring the pot.  

“The events that occurred in relation to the house on Vesta Drive were incredibly distressing.” A Forest Hill couple sued their neighbours for allegedly copying the design of their house. The accused argued that they were inspired by the Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland, featured in the James Bond movie Skyfall. The $2.5-million lawsuit was settled out of court, but the perceived copycats already sold their house for $2 million more than they paid.

Sears Canada’s time looks pretty much spent. Despite executive chairman Brandon Stranzl’s bid to salvage the remaining department stores—none of which would be in the city of Toronto—creditors aren’t buying in. Sears has a week to come up with a proposal, but one former CEO thinks the company is doomed either way. Meanwhile, the Sears Festival, a high school theatre event, has found its own lifeline.

“NOT OUR MASTER” sign punctuates student protest. A forum on social inequality presented by Massey College, following a firestorm over a racially charged verbal exchange between a Massey fellow and a student, was halted for a couple of minutes by protesters on the stage. (Audience members at the free public event were invited to walk out in solidarity—but attendance at events like these is considered compulsory for all first-year students.)

The perils of being known as an Instagram poet. Rupi Kaur’s the sun and her flowers was published this week. It's a follow-up to the 700K-seller milk and honey, which vaulted the 24-year-old from Brampton to the top of social media laureate literati. And with 1.6 million followers comes the backlash for being generally vapid. But the poetry scene could always use some entertaining new enemies.

Netflix deal has gotten many mad at Mélanie Joly. The heritage minister is being shellacked for shaking hands with Silicon Valley—in part because there might be nothing in it for most who work in French. (Counterpoint: it was a good deal that was explained horribly.) "It is to cultural policy what tweets are to literature, what LinkedIn is to poetry, what Facebook is to friendship," writes Ira Wells at The Walrus

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City council's approval of keeping the East York flag on new street signs means other parts of Toronto will also be able to acknowledge pre-amalgamation branding.

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