“Cool Guy” is now officially on the lam. With rental housing availability now at a 16-year low, CBC Toronto’s coverage of Liberty Village’s alleged rogue condo subletter, Mike Lemke, touched a nerve, making a meme out of a seemingly mundane nickname. But time may be running out for Mr. Cool—who recently worked at the Love Child Social House—now that he’s wanted on fraud charges.

Airbnb in "ghost hotel" crosshairs again. There were no victims or charges in a weekend shooting outside a townhouse at Davenport and Dufferin, but one neighbour claims that there were about 100 young people congregated outside the Airbnb rental at the time, while others “were just pouring and pouring out of the house” after four gunshots rang out. The guest who rented the house has been banned from Airbnb. Meanwhile, critics see just one more debacle ahead of the introduction of rules.

Something was misbegotten in the state of Viceland. Vice Media will soon lose its support from Rogers, which owns 70 per cent of the Canadian version of the cable channel Viceland—a low-rated station whose latest offerings sound unlikely to turn that around. We’ll always have the photos of departed Rogers chief Guy Laurence in leather:

“We know Canadians care about their local media and we will continue to support it.” Mélanie Joly’s official reaction to a spate of newspaper closures raised eyebrows, because her heritage ministry recently turned down the industry's request for government cash. She instead blames the industry for "cynical business decisions." 

The new holiday season sentiment: ride high and die. While marijuana legalization is with the Senate, it remains to be seen whether the temperance traditions of the LCBO will factor into weed merchandising—although one ad agency is seizing the moment. A new campaign designed for RIDE features three “Consequence Strains” in the hopes of convincing you to say no to driving while stoned:

For the love of really fat cats. The impending 40th anniversary of Garfield will surely stoke the internet’s morbid fascination with cartoonish feline obesity—and a local photographer is aiming to get in on the trend. Pete Thorne, the shutterbug behind the 2015 book Old Faithful: Dogs of a Certain Age, is now using Instagram to show off some of the felines that turned up in response to this unusual request:

Meghan Markle was already being written out of Suits. Aaron Korsh, the creator of the Toronto-shot series, confessed that he started preparing a year ago for the future Mrs. Prince Harry to make her royal exit—all so he wouldn't have to write that she “got hit by a bus or something.” Nonetheless, the show couldn't resist announcing Markle’s departure.

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During his formal apology for the government's gay purge, Justin Trudeau referenced the alleged homosexuality test that the feds commissioned from a Carleton professor.

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