Nick Kouvalis has a “fake news” scheme that sounds kind of unreal. Maclean’s nonetheless takes Kellie Leitch’s campaign manager at his word when he says he's building a database of negative reactions to his social media missives, which he says he plans to check against the names of people he suspects of buying Conservative party memberships just to vote against her. The story followed rival strategist Bruce Anderson using Maclean’s to argue Kouvalis's politics don’t deserve a platform.

“Mr. Wonderful” unveils his “path to victory.” Kevin O’Leary came incredibly close to comfirming that he’ll really run for Conservative leader—and the utterance happened exactly where you’d expect (Florida). At around the same time, in an interview with a Detroit news website, he admiringly referred to the next American president as “King Trump."

Tucker Carlson dupes sincere Canadian into his bowtied douchebag vortex. The freshly promoted Fox News host delved into what will surely be his central obsession for the next few years: Donald Trump vs. The Media. Toronto writer Mathew Ingram was called to discuss his Fortune article defending BuzzFeed for posting the “golden showers” dossier. Ingram didn't realize that his job was to give Carlson an excuse to deploy a sequence of facial expressions:

Joseph Boyden enlists some friends to help amplify his regret. The novelist, whose claims of indigenous heritage were questioned in an APTN article last month, released a statement after doing a pair of contrite interviews with CBC’s Candy Palmater and Mark Medley of the Globe and Mail. Boyden says he’ll step back from being an aboriginal spokesperson, but doesn’t apologize for his success. “The idea that I’ve somehow hogged all the air in the room, it doesn’t hold a lot of water,” Boyden told the Globe.

Wither the call of the mall? The idea of a department store as a mall's anchor is more marked for death than ever in the U.S., with Macy’s closing all over and the ongoing entropy at Sears. But a Retail Council of Canada analysis boasts that this country's shopping centres are booming, despite Target's retreat two years ago. Even so, some malls don't seem to have been built to survive this century:

Tony Rosato dead at 62. The native of Naples, Italy dropped out of U of T to join Second City, where he was among those recruited to try and save Saturday Night Live at its lowest ebb, in 1981. Rosato went on to star in Night Heat, which he follwed with a run of animated voice work, including a stint as Luigi in a couple Mario Bros cartoon series. Rosato later ended up in jail during a period of time when he was dealing with an illness known as Capgras syndrome, which leads a sufferer to believe that people around them have been replaced by imposters. He bounced back, and even returned to work in recent years. Above all, Rosato is remembered for SCTV:

“We have not yet reached our salary cost reduction target.” Paul Godfrey delivered this message to Postmedia investors and employees alongside the company's quarterly financial results, which show continued declines. There will likely be more layoffs in the near future.

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Jane Fonda visited Alberta to tell Canada not to be fooled by them.

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