“I think it’s about the fifth time we’ve burned down the school.” Stefan Brogren, the student-turned-principal of Degrassi, is among the alumni being interviewed about the reunion experience in Drake’s video, “I’m Upset,” which was secretly shot last weekend. But two classmates were absent: Drake says one of them “thought it was a scam,” while another one says he never got the call:

A clarinetist is owed $375,000 for an ex-girlfriend’s “despicable interference.” TSO player Eric Abramovitz was a McGill student when he moved in with Jennifer Jooyeon Lee. Shared email passwords meant Lee could intercept a scholarship offer Abramovitz received from USC, which she allegedly deleted in the hopes that he wouldn’t leave Montreal. But he later learned of the ruse, and gathered evidence to win a lawsuit against her.

Rogers Media is shrinking away from magazines. The axing of about 75 more jobs, one-third of the company's publishing division, reflects the telecom giant struggling with a strategy to “double down” on digital content. Reduced print runs of Chatelaine and Maclean’s evidently haven’t helped with what Rogers describes as “headwinds the industry is facing.” But the company splurging on hockey hasn't helped:

Indie88 gets stuck with excess static. The five-year-old station sought to triple its 4,000-watt signal, arguing that it hasn’t been able to turn a profit with low ratings. But the CRTC rejected the request, noting Indie88’s boost would interfere with the reach of future Indigenous outlet ELMNT.FM.

St. Charles Tavern legacy getting closer to the ground.  A condo project on Yonge north of College promised to incorporate an 1871 fire hall clock tower, more recently synonymous with the gay bar beneath. The preservation process is now underway:

AsapScience pushes the search term envelope.What Happens When You Inbreed?” was the biggest video hit of this year for the Toronto science cartoon duo. So, they can’t go wrong by asking “What if Belle and Beast Ever Banged?,” despite their admission that the YouTube algorithm likely won’t allow any advertising on videos like this one:

TIFF is still waiting for Brian De Palma’s call about Predator. Despite confirmation of a Harvey Weinstein-inspired horror movie set in Toronto, the film festival hadn’t been asked for permission to set scenes at its headquarters. Nonetheless, the field of Weinstein-inspired projects is getting crowded; Barry Avrich, the Toronto-based director of the documentary The Reckoning, is now pondering whether his film's subject will be convicted.

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The name of the artwork stolen from The Art of Banksy. A dubious initial report of of the crime was substantiated by a security video

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