Dirty Chinese Restaurant will never get played. Politicians on both sides of the border, along with China's consulate general, publicly condemned a preview of a video game that claimed to mirror mainstream satire of racial stereotypes. That the Markham developer called his company "Big-O-Tree Games" just came off like a clickbait trolling exercise—and in any case a game like this wouldn't stand a chance of being approved by Apple or Google. The apologetic creator is asking for privacy at this time.

“While we will advocate for swift passage, we believe that healthcare professionals, women's groups and other advocates should have the opportunity to review the bill and provide input to strengthen the bill during the committee process.” The statement from Queen’s Park attorney general Yasir Naqvi, after the Ontario PCs put forward a motion to immediately approve a Liberal proposal to create “safe access zones” around abortion clinics, gives credence to the view that the move was just a Liberal publicity stunt

Poll shows that half of Canadians think their friends wouldn’t vote for Jagmeet Singh. The new NDP leader’s triumph led Angus Reid to ask about whether his Sikh symbols were a turnoff—and 69 per cent said they had no problem with the turban. But half think that “some” or “most” of the people they know would probably feel differently. Singh’s slick image has already been punctured by his non-answer about martyrdom for an alleged terrorist, whether or not it was a valid question to ask on his first day. Not every Canadian media outlet is going to toss a federal party leader softballs like these:

Damien Cox non-explains his infamous tweet. "Ok. But if you'd rather not that's cool. Just a selfie from right now is good." Those were the words that appeared @DamoSpin on June 14, 2016. They were the subject of much speculation when the sports pundit followed them up by locking his account. The mystery was addressed on the podcast Toronto Mike'd, but Cox wouldn't elaborate. "People can think what they want to think," he said.

Four-storey Rosedale condo pitch slices itself in two to appease NIMBYs. The Dale, a 26-unit development that would replace three houses near Castle Frank station, roused Rosedalians to fight back last fall—in part because plenty of higher-end residential options are rising around Yonge and Bloor. But the builders are trying again with a look meant to blend in better with the surroundings:

Jordan Peterson and Camille Paglia fight together in modern times. Now on leave from U of T, the professor steps up his Patreon-supported game with a long video featuring a more famous academic provocateur. A standout clip finds Peterson theorizing on how men can’t control "crazy women" because there’s no prospect of a physical scrap. Paglia, who identifies as transgender, ends 103 minutes by rejoicing about how they agree on everything. Meanwhile, the cover for Peterson’s first mass-market book displays his dedication to keeping the period off that middle initial:

Peter Mansbridge has been “postponed.” A storytelling concert tour by the former National anchor seemed an unusual thing to announce just a few weeks after he stepped aside. Comments on Facebook ads for two nights at Massey Hall were especially uncharitable. Now, the shows won’t be happening: an email to ticket buyers placated them with the promise that Mansbridge is working on a series of documentaries. (But he's still speaking at private events that don't hinge on ticket sales.)

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Councillor Michael Ford broke out this term to describe city council's decision against naming a football stadium after Rob Ford. (Mikey recused himself from the vote.)

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