Ivanka Trump sees a kindred spirit in Canada's prime minister. Donald Trump’s daughter sitting in the president's chair was the closest thing to scandal that could be squeezed out of Justin Trudeau’s Washington visit. The fact that Ivanka was on-site at all was part of a strategic plan hatched by the PMO. Trudeau’s gift to the White House, a photo of Donald Trump and Pierre Trudeau together in 1981, is a reminder of how much the PM and Ivanka have in common.

Survey says It Can’t Happen Here can happen here. The annual “Trust Barometer,” compiled by public relations firm Edelman, shows that Canada is now in the ranks of global “distrusters” when it comes to all sorts of authority. The majority aren’t big on immigration or elites—and 61 per cent lack confidence in the country's current leaders. (That’s about the same as the percentage of people who are more likely to believe a search engine than any human editor.)

Locals Only reinvents the Instagram apology. The King and Bathurst pub is dealing with fallout from a sign behind the bar that read: “NO MEANS YES & YES MEANS A****?” A recent trail of photos showing similarly puerile past uses of the sign don’t jibe with management's claim that it was the work of one rogue staffer. Amidst what’s seen as part of a troubling trend of sexual violence in the nightclub scene, Locals Only didn't just say sorry on Instagram with the usual contrite block of text. Instead, they tried making their mea culpa consistent with their aesthetic:

Jennifer Valentyne is now the Q107 morning co-host. The announcement that John Derringer was touting as the rock radio station's biggest deal ever is a new job for the jilted Breakfast Television roving reporter, last seen hosting the aftershow for The Bachelorette Canada.


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Modernist schools might run out of time. Globe and Mail architecture critic Alex Bozikovic probed the case of Davisville P.S., a 1962 building soon to be demolished in order to free up some coveted North Toronto land. Sadly, the modernist facade is no consolation for kids sitting amidst drip buckets, a consequence of the building's unusual roof shape. Whether it really should be torn down is up for debate—but the TDSB has no strategy to protect its old buildings.

King West consultation crowd tells CBC to STFU. Somewhere around 700 people turned out to ponder the three proposed options for making King West more friendly to public transit. But the alterations have an opponent in David Mirvish, who owns two theatres on the strip and is trying to build a massive condo tower there. Folks at last night's consultation were so engrossed by the various street configurations on display that they shushed a CBC reporter trying to do a stand-up from the scene:

Scarborough elects the first-ever Tamil-Canadian city councillor. Neethan Shan, who has run for public office 11 times in the past 14 years, continued his lucky streak by vaulting from school trustee, with a near-majority in a field of 29 by-election candidates. Shan's fellow Sri Lankan emigre, Punch Sockalingam, found relatively few faitfhul.

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A significant fire broke out this morning in this place's building at St. Clair and Yonge.

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