“Kit Kat Council” flips the bird at every passing streetcar. King West restaurant owner Al Carbone shared a photo of a “brainstorming” session at Kit Kat presided over by unrepentant mayoral campaigner Doug Ford. (Next to him appears to be Toronto’s oft-absentee councillor, Giorgio Mammoliti.) The aftermath was a wave of restos following Kit Kat’s lead in displaying middle-finger ice sculptures, above the words “Fuddle Duddle,” as a way of showing opposition to the streetcar pilot:

The latest slices of distaste for Loblaw. Canada’s foremost bread-price-fixer was in court fighting the CRA over alleged tax avoidance involving a bogus offshore bank. (The grocer’s holding companies in the Bahamas and Barbados came up last fall in the Paradise Papers.) For whatever it’s worth, the Loblaw-owned T&T Supermarket reversed its plan to cut paid breaks, amidst an uptick in legal clinic complaints from recently terminated employees.

The Handmaid’s Tale leaves a trail of laced boots in the snow. A location shoot was easily spotted in the midst of Wychwood Barns, though it could just as easily have been mistaken for a protest. Margaret Atwood concurrently continues to be taken to task for defending her feminism—which Vox required a lot of words to explain to Americans.

“Again, we are deeply sorry for this and want to express our sincere apologies to every Canadian.” The family of the 11-year-old girl who lied about an attacker cutting off her hijab on the way to school expressed their regret for causing “pain and anger.” Consequences included the Washington Post publishing a column in which J.J. McCullough rails against an apparent national appetite for “tales of outlandish Islamophobia.” A subsequent tweet from Toronto Police generated skepticism after a woman on a bus claimed that an assailant had pulled her hijab. (A follow-up note said the “assault is of a minor nature.”)

Museum of Toronto would be a great place to hide from Google. Scrutiny of Sidewalk Labs’ proposed smart city at Quayside has produced an alarmist article from the Daily Mail. But project CEO Dan Doctoroff turned up for a talk about how this isn’t about commercial surveillance, and city staff have issued their first report on the proposal. At the same time, sketches surfaced for a post-courthouse Old City Hall, which might include some long-craved space to highlight local history:

Looking for the Canadian angle on a year of Donald Trump. David Frum’s book Trumpocracy is being compared to Fire and Fury, which may or may not help sales. In any case, Frum could count on being hailed as sensible at The Walrus. CTV's contribution to the anniversary coverage, though, will be perfectly aligned with its corporate commitment to supporting those who’ve struggled with mental health challenges in the workplace.

HuffPost wants its clickbait to look like it’s worth something. Arianna Huffington’s concept debuted in 2005 with any approved contributor feeding it for free, an idea that current U.S. editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen believes has run its course. HuffPost Canada, however, promises to continue to accommodate typing from just about anyone.

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Toronto is the only Canadian city to make the 20-name shortlist for the second Amazon headquarters—despite not offering government subsidies.

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