Marci Ien’s driveway tale disputed by cops. The CTV host's column on "Driving while black—in Canada" is now being assailed for some alleged inaccuracy. TPS staff superintendent Mario Di Tommaso tweeted that he watched footage that showed Ien failing to stop at a stop sign. Because it was dark out, Di Tomasso says, Ien's ethnicity wasn’t visible until she stepped out of the car. Chief Mark Saunders even invited her to come in to see the video for herself. Ien, who stands by the piece as a reflection of how she felt, says she plans to talk to a lawyer, partly in response to the Toronto Police Association president digging up an old confession:

“There’s a bullet in my fucking window.” Premier Kathleen Wynne went to meet the mayor at city hall, only to have their press conference disrupted by a woman screaming profanities about the city's inaction in her TCHC building. The incident led Tory to provide assurances that city hall has sufficient security—something debated last fall when greater surveillance measures were recommended.

Justin Trudeau’s return from India generated more than jet lag. Public safety minister Ralph Goodale walked away from reporters grilling him about how convicted attempted murderer Jaspal Atwal ended up being invited to dinner with the PM, only to have Randeep Sarai, the Liberal MP who took the blame for extending the invitation, walk right into their scrum. Meanwhile, the Indian government is displeased with the increasingly widespread (and possibly PMO-approved) notion that it strategically sought to undermine Trudeau. All this may mean, as writer Dave Besseling says, that the PM's selfie-based style is starting to backfire:

Murphy Brown was teenage Caroline Mulroney’s favourite show. That’s the sort of factoid that comes out of a Globe and Mail profile of the Ontario PC leadership hopeful. (Her parents forced her to tape the show because there was no TV during the week at 24 Sussex.) By contrast, the National Post profile of Tanya Granic Allen is a crash course in how teenage anti-abortion activism can be the first step on a career ladder that might even culminate in her being taken seriously by premier Doug Ford.

Canadians could win a few of the most boring Oscar categories. The Shape of Water, shot by Guillermo del Toro in Hamilton and Toronto, has 13 nominations—some of them for locals from behind the scenes. Another category with Cancon is Best Supporting Actor, where Christopher Plummer is nominated for replacing Kevin Spacey, regardless of how few were intrigued enough to see it:

Jacksoul refuses to fade away from Toronto tavern walls. Haydain Neale died in November 2009 at age 39, one week before the release of his band's album Soulmate, which was promoted on framed bar posters that haven't entirely gone away. The endurance of the ancient posters is possibly a tribute to Neale. But a better theory is that the advertising company went out of business shortly after and no one else has the keys.

Hedley concerts are finally getting reviewed. The sexual misconduct allegations that forced the band to go on hiatus have the Canadian media wondering how this act became popular enough to headline an arena tour. Several reviewers turned out to the Powerade Centre in Brampton to watch Jacob Hoggard engage in suggestive banter with young female fans—who seem to like lines like, “Because, baby, you’re my most important meal of the day.”

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BMO's new building, which will replace the former Sears Canada headquarters at the Eaton Centre, is being described with this excruciating term

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