#BellLetsTalk in a time of President Trump. The annual hashtag campaign, in which Canadians are encouraged to help end the stigma surrounding mental health issues, has collided with the start of an era when Twitter venting is practiced by the leader of the free world. Today, the spotlight is also on the struggle of ex-radio host Maria McLean, who says Bell didn't help her when she was feeling unwell. (Bell won't comment on McLean's claims.)

Health Canada busts a seedy Yonge stalwart. The three dilapidated Victorian houses north of Wellesley that make up the “24 Hour Adult Mart” look increasingly out of place as the neighbouring strip gets condofied. Recently the Adult Mart was the site of a seizure of products with labels like Original Jungle Juice Platinum and Gun Oil High Caliber Performance. Some of the confiscated products were so-called “poppers," which have been seized from similar stores across the country.

It’s Ezra Levant’s country—we just click on it. Maclean’s has a really long read on the Rebel commander, whose momentum accelerated in the first 100 hours of the Trump presidency. But he can’t do it without a supporting cast, which now includes bespoke guitar maker Dion Bews, who is charged with assault and uttering threats at Rebel reporter Sheila Gunn Reid at the Edmonton Women’s March. (Bews apologized on Twitter for smacking her camera, and offered to pay for damage.)

Liberal survey on electoral reform concludes whatever you want it to. MyDemocracy.ca, whose launch led to the downfall of Maryam Monsef as democratic institutions minister, drew 383,074 respondents. But the reported result—which is that most Canadians like the current system—is easly debunked: just 17 per cent of survey-takers expressed actual enthusiasm for the status quo.

The Beguiling goodbye to Mirvish Village. Markham Street was home to Canada’s first comic book store, Captain George’s Memory Lane. For the past two decades, though, the area comics scene has been ruled by the Beguiling. During the store's final days before fully relocating to College Street, writer Nathalie Atkinson threaded a Twitter tale about how this store transformed her life:

Viceland turns a corner with the critics. Cable viewership for reality shows about millennials who can’t figure out how to make money seems to be limited. But coming up on a year after its launch, the channel is at least getting some ink for being different. Not only is this Globe and Mail feature on Viceland's revival of the Toronto viral hit nirvanna the band the show the most enthusiastic thing written about the channel, it might be the most enthusiastic thing ever written about any TV series:

Canadian newspaper entropy reaches another level. As a new round of Postmedia layoffs starts with 15 fresh pink slips, a push is on to get the government to close a tax loophole that effectively encourages Canadian businesses to advertise on non-Canadian websites. The droning dialogue will reach a new plateau tomorrow, with the release of a Public Policy Forum report on the media industry. It has an ominous title: The Shattered Mirror.

Word of the moment


The man who filmed Toronto Police using a stun gun on a suspect near Dundas and Church used this term to describe the comments of one officer.

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