Time keeps ticking away for Tim Hortons. The brand has slipped in a ranking of the most influential ones in Canada, and now owner Restaurant Brands International has a plan to spruce up the chain's look. But frazzled franchisees will have to pay about $450,000 to renovate each location. The new designs will highlight the legacy of Canada’s most famous drunk driver in the hopes of making each Tim Hortons feel more like a museum:

Kevin Donovan stays on the story of Barry and Honey Sherman. Hundreds of pages filed by police about the murdered couple are locked up under seal, as the cops oppose efforts by the Toronto Star to gain access. Donovan can only speculate on what may be coming. The only news, for now, is that Sherman spent his final year on the job at Apotex working on a slow-release marijuana pill.

Fixing downtown North York will have to wait. City council deffered action on fixing Yonge Street between Sheppard and Finch to next term, meaning there will be no bike lanes there for the foreseeable future. John Tory, for his part, supports alternative bike lanes on Beecroft Road.

The country is now being governed by hashtags. Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, fresh off a round of social media sparring with Conservative MP Maxime Bernier, took on the Globe and Mail's Robert Fife after a video clip circulated of him sounding unclear on the concept of systemic racism. Cesar-Chavannes found an advocate in MP Adam Vaughan, and next thing you know Justin Trudeau was #HereForCelina. (All of which seemed to take the heat off finance minister Bill Morneau for suggesting that female critics were “Neanderthals.”)

Fighting with Terry Milewski can be hazardous to your health. Ian Capstick announced he was retiring from punditry for what he initially explained as deteriorating ADD brought on by “the very debate, conflict and disagreement that is at the heart of partisan politics.” Capstick claims he came to this realization after a heated off-air interaction with CBC Power & Politics guest host Milewski, which led Capstick to review old appearances and notice his own increasingly distracted disposition:

Voyeurism charges turn 3D digital avatars into complicated business. Pete Forde was recently charged with six counts of recording women in their apartments without their consent. Details of the evidence haven’t been released, but police are concerned about other victims—which has turned attention to the startup Forde was recently running: ItsMe, which used 360-degree photos to turn people into virtual versions of themselves, as explained in a video starring Forde. The charges led to him being quietly dropped from speaking at a FreshBooks-sponsored conference called #IMakeALiving.

“Venison is the new kale” sign triggered the showdown at Antler. After viral attention for chef Michael Hunter carving and then eating deer in his Dundas West window—in the faces of vegan activists hollering at him—the story made the papers. Following the stunt, a more civil dialogue started taking shape. But police had to refute the impression that they entered the premises to try and stop Hunter from dining on his own meat.

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National Post columnist Chris Selley sums up the provincial Liberal free daycare plan.

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