Patrick Brown makes no apologies for claiming Kathleen Wynne is on trial. “No one, whatever their political view, wants to see the premier of our province debased and humiliated,” stated the Ontario PC leader, who says he’ll ignore legal threats for implying Wynne was the one indicted in Sudbury. Wynne testified against former Liberal staffers charged with bribery, claiming a passive role in a byelection candidate switcheroo. Brown responded with a lousy tribute to Curb Your Enthusiasm:

“I’m not going to question the job or the choices that the RCMP makes.” Justin Trudeau dodged questions about the security bill for that visit to the Aga Khan’s private island—$215K rather than the previously stated $127K—as Liberals get back to the work of solving problems of their own creation. Meanwhile, as the NDP verge on a Jagmeet Singh-led rejuvenation, federal Conservatives seem to be stuck in a grumpy funk that’s given Andrew Scheer a bleak approval rating.

Centreville’s carousel may never float over to Indiana. Residents of the small city of Carmel are questioning its council's decision to spend $5 million on Centreville's antique merry-go-round. (The amusement park's owners need the money after being shuttered for half the summer.) “Carouselgate” has to do with Carmel’s pursuit of a $100-million loan even though it's $800-million in debt. Meanwhile, the future of the Toronto Islands as a whole is up for deliberation:

Amazon promises to pay vocal folks even if it doesn’t build anything here. Toronto has teamed with five other GTA jurisdictions to submit a joint bid for Amazon's “HQ2,” even if the odds are stacked against the idea. For now, the company has wielded its Canadian cultural clout on a different level, recruiting Margaret Atwood and Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss to tout the launch of Audible Canada, which may bring enough voice work to town to rescue actors from waiting tables.

“Bodega” backlash rouses rhetoric about variety stores. The founders of a Silicon Valley startup aspiring to install app-enabled cabinets stocked with sundries were accused of being insensitive to immigrant-owned mom-and-pop operations. Bodega apologized, even though it sounds like they're less interested in demolishing corner stores than they are in trying to ankle Amazon. But where were all these passionate convenience store fans when Mac's changed its name to Circle K? The company will erect a Ferris wheel downtown to try and draw attention to this transition:

Professor posits that a revolution started in Thornhill. Leonard Nevarez, an urban sociologist based at Vassar College, spent the summer considering where Toronto's 1970s DIY sound stemmed from, and calculated it was definitely north of Steeles. The chapters posted on his website explain how a scene rooted at Thornhill Secondary School migrated to the Ontario College of Art and then was set loose on Queen West. (Martha and the Muffins, the most successful group of the bunch, is cited as “the last house band.”) A recurring presence is the late Steven Davey, who was part of the band the Dishes before becoming Now Magazine’s food writer. Nevarez considers him the main starmaker.

The cursed Scotiabank Theatre escalator mostly survived TIFF. If you look past reports of an outage last Thursday, then again on Saturday, followed by volunteers begging patrons to stagger the load because it was making some sort of death rattle at the top, the cranky escalator (still slated for replacement) will possibly make it to the end of the film fest. The most enduringly infuriating image of this TIFF, then, oughta be Drake's large security goon hollering at a driver who divided the entourage.

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The name of a phony university, to which former Toronto mayoral candidate Erwin Sniedzins paid $8,100 for a diploma that required no exams or academic work.

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