Doug Ford is the newest enemy of print media. Ford Nation was led at city hall by a mayor who didn’t like computers. And now the Premier Ford era will begin without paying for external ink:

Probing of Bruce McArthur’s alleged victims set for scrutiny. More examination of how missing persons are investigated is needed, says a working group commissioned by the police board. Meanwhile, McArthur's alleged links to more than eight murdered men were considered in a National Post review of 22 cold cases dating back to 1975.

Sidewalk Toronto is making friends in the real world. It looks like there’s going to be a lot of lobbying from Alphabet-related subsidiaries toward securing approval for the smart-city development at Quayside. But Alphabet doesn't need permits to dream, so the project headquarters are now open every weekend. Unlike the journalists writing about the proposal, the crowd at HQ doesn't seem too critical of the company's data collection practices:

Coupe Bizzarre is surrendering to the incursion of A&W and Rexall. The 23-year-old West Queen West hair salon is the latest storefront discouraged by rising taxes and soaring rents. The owners wanted to downsize, anyhow, but they cite gentrification as a factor in their decision to move their business to a side-street basement nearby.

Pestering pop captured the Beatles when “the bloom was off the peach.” U of T Libraries recently acquired a tape and deck that contained generally inadible music from one of the final Fab Four concerts. The recording, made by George K. Drynan, who drove to Maple Leaf Gardens with his family from Oshawa, includes interviews with people who presumed the middle-aged dad was a reporter:

The battle for the soul of “Mr. Roboto.” Scarborough Walk of Fame member Lawrence Gowan joined Styx in 1999, after the band split with its original frontman, Dennis DeYoung—whose theatrical flourishes put him at odds with other members. One point of disagreement: DeYoung‘s fondness for prog-rock concepts like songs about robots. So, it's causing some commotion that Gowan has started singing one every night:

JazzFM.91 woke up with no live voices. Jaymz Bee was among the regulars recently laid off—along with Mark Wigmore, who replaced Garvia Bailey on the station's suddenly host-free morning show. The turmoil follows sexual harassment and bullying accusations levelled at former JazzFM president and CEO Ross Porter, who’s still being heard on the air.

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