Not all swastikas are bad swastikas. The town council of Puslinch, southeast of Guelph, will vote next week over whether to rename the century-old Swastika Trail—which has its defenders, including a few people who don't like the idea of the government interferring with the name of a private road. A swastika has also raised eyebrows in Richmond Hill, where police were alerted to an illuminated one at the Korean Buddhist Temple (clearly lacking the Nazi-style tilt) which was presumed to be there as a traditional sacred symbol.

Stouffville’s mayor missed the deadline for his apology. Justin Altmann has failed to abide by a town council decision that required him to say sorry for assembling a CSI-style evidence wall with pictures of town officials and journalists. The mayor previously said he planned to challenge the ethics probe. Altmann has also said that recurring front-page Toronto Star stories about his behaviour—like when he expensed a personal chain of office for himself to wear around—has been great publicity.

Jagmeet Singh accused of not knowing his way around his birthplace. The new NDP leader has roots in Scarborough-Agincourt, but the Canadian Press noticed that Singh’s recent homecoming by-election campaign appearance, at the Black Gold Café, was a kilometre outside of the riding. (However, the actual launch was safely within it.) Singh is seen by some as failing his first voter test, which he shrugged off by channelling Rupi Kaur:

Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best? won't be on the CBC. The public broadcaster’s Documentary channel was criticized after it promoted a year-old BBC film, which includes segments with Toronto psychologist Kenneth Zucker, whose gender identity clinic at CAMH closed amidst controversy. “We think that there are other docs that better offer insight into the realities of the transgender community and we look forward to airing those in the future,” read the last-minute cancellation statement. (But the film can be viewed in full here.)

The nanny state grows in Ontario. Passage of the Cannabis Act confirms that Queen’s Park will be in charge of marijuana sales around July 1. Although Richmond Hill has become the first municipality to reject the opportunity to have a legal pot shop, the province will have final say on locations. Meanwhile, the new pot desk at the Winnipeg Free Press is keeping score as the process takes shape:

“What am I going to do, sit at home and die?” Spiro Koumoudouros, the owner of the House of Lancaster—which survives on Bloordale despite closing on the Queensway—is just one of the strip club characters interviewed for Bloomberg Businessweek. Katia Dmitrieva tweeted outtakes, like peeler bar lobbyist Tim Lambrinos lamenting that millennials would rather “marry a robot or have a cyber experience with a headset,” and Zanzibar owner Allen Cooper noting that he comes from a long line of rabbis. The manager of the Brass Rail simply says, “I don’t think we’ll be around in 10 years’ time.”

Christopher Plummer turns a lucky 88 today. Oddly enough, the Toronto-born actor was nominated for a Golden Globe just two or three weeks after taking over the role of J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World, a process detailed by the New York Times in “The Race to Erase Kevin Spacey.” “At my age, which is enormous, you get worried that your memory won’t hold up,” says Plummer. “But this was too damn good to pass up.”

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Tickets went on sale for Yayoi Kusama's exhibit at the AGO, creating some online chaos that nobody expected.

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