What it’s like for @norm to have to actually campaign. Barring a court reversal of Doug Ford's Toronto city council seat slash, incumbent councillors will be forced to run against other incumbents, including Norm Kelly and Jim Karygiannis, who now share the same Scarborough ward. This means the 6Dad will have to modify his Twitter persona to acknowledge issues, starting with a mission to get pedestrians to extend an extra digit:

“Saving our community begins with knocking down social housing.” Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti posed with a sledgehammer, in his latest effort to distinguish himself from fellow incumbent York West challenger Anthony Perruzza. Other Mammo attacks are pointed at another challenger, Tiffany Ford, who has seized upon the councillor’s reference to human “cockroaches” affecting TCHC living conditions around Jane and Finch.

John Tory has a little less re-election support. Forum Research gauged an uptick in enthusiasm for Jennifer Keesmaat, who improved her poll results from 30 to 35 per cent. (The pollster didn’t ask about infamous fringe candidate Faith Goldy.) Keesmaat went on Metro Morning to explain that, when she was still working as the city’s chief planner, she didn’t criticize Tory’s transit hyperbole because her priorities were with the downtown relief line:

Jordan Peterson was caught hanging out in Doug Ford’s mom’s backyard. The occasion was the Ontario PC Youth Association BBQ, where the premier basked in adulation for ordering post-secondary schools to develop free speech policies or risk funding cuts. Meanwhile, a defence filed by Wilfrid Laurier University in response to Peterson’s $1.5-million lawsuit argues that the prof profited from that recording by Lindsay Shepherd.

Thinking like a Canadian really ratios Malcolm Gladwell. “If you only invite your friends over, it’s called a dinner party,” tweeted the New Yorker fixture in response to the uninviting of Steve Bannon from the magazine’s festival. The avowed non-American woke up to the backlash by doubling down:

This Hour Has 22 Minutes is suddenly a fascinating program. The termination of Shaun Majumder from the political comedy show initially seemed like typical CBC arrogance—but the Toronto Star found more turmoil to the story. “In one sense, it feels like a bit of a Hail Mary,” offered just one unnamed insider. “But there is a feeling that they need to change things up before it’s too late.”

Danny Aiello is the most reliable new face of Canadian cinema. Amidst his promotional duties for Little Italy, it appears that the 85-year-old got the lead role in Frank D’Angelo’s third film of 2018: Making a Deal With the Devil, which will follow The Last Big Save and The Joke Thief. If this is where feature films are headed, it’s no wonder David Cronenberg would rather get a job in television.

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Drake being photographed in a hoodie from the Hells Angels retail store in Toronto has led police to wonder where his loyalties lie.

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