Toronto musicians talk about accidental backseat carjackings. Electro-pop duo Featurette are the stars of a Wall Street Journal story about Uber users mistaking newer-model vehicles for their rides. Another local musician, Cameron Fox-Revett, tells of loading all his equipment into the back of what he assumed was his Uber. Noise-cancelling headphones left him unaware of how agitated the driver was until he was finished loading. (Uber advises the inadvertently carjacked to just be polite.)

Ford Nation might be building a surreal side door at Queen’s Park. The strategist who acted as Rob Ford’s post-rehab spokesman (and continued when the 2014 mayoral campaign switched brothers) could be playing a role in Doug Ford’s scheme to enter provincial politics. Jeff Silverstein is seeking the Ontario PC nomination in Don Valley West—where he would run directly against its incumbent MPP, a certain Kathleen Wynne.

This country could use about 14 million fewer influencers. Abacus Data’s annual “Matters of Opinion” survey concludes that Canadians are addicted to Facebook and that Facebook facilitates ideological myopia. The ability to bloviate about anything at any time online has marched nearly half the nation into the delusion that the other half cares about what they think.

“Do you think Kellie Leitch should have her own party?” During an appearance in Iqaluit, Justin Trudeau laid out his rationale for abandoning electoral reform. "Because," he said, "if you have a party that represents the fringe voices… or the periphery of our perspectives and they hold 10, 15, 20 seats in the House, they end up holding the balance of power.” (The claim is arguably misleading.)

Dean Blundell says sports radio was a waste of his time. The day after the Fan 590 morning man was fired, he was on Twitter answering questions and claiming that he's now retired from “public stuff.” (But he has revived his promise to do a podcast, starting next week.) Blundell has only kind words for his former Rogers Media overlords, though he says the company sometimes leaned on him for favourable coverage of their sports teams. (Blundell once attacked Sportsnet baseball writer Shi Davidi for being a Rogers shill.) Nonetheless, no love is lost between Blundell and the sportswriter tribe:

The Juno Awards need conspiracy theories to be interesting. The nominee list led Tegan and Sara to lash out about a lack of diversity, furthering the #JunosSoMale hashtag, which started as a joke. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is trying to make amends without restoring gender-specific categories. Meanwhile, veteran belter David Clayton-Thomas vented on Facebook that the Junos basically conspired against his recent Cancon covers album. As a publicity bid, the anti-Juno outburst was more successful than singing these blues:

Reply All falls for the @norm show. The allegedly investigative podcast used some recent savage shade as a reason to call Toronto City Hall to get Kelly's well-rehearsed story about how he discovered his Twitter voice by inserting himself into a feud between Drake and Meek Mill. There were no questions about who’s actually writing the tweets, what percentage of the 6Dad's merch sales are going to charity, or why this politician is doing viral marketing for ketchup-flavoured Doritos.

Word of the moment


Police chief Mark Saunders used this word to describe the LGBTQ community during his announcement that the force will not participate in this year's Pride parade.

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