Why is the story never straight on Jagmeet Singh? The question begs to be asked after a week that included an erroneous report (and cartoon) about a campaign launch. And then the NDP was slow to confirm that Singh was neither engaged nor married after a series of engagement-style photos led media to confused conclusions. Now Bloomberg News has deleted a claim that Singh would support the Conservatives to topple the Liberals. Perhaps coverage of the guy is best left to the foreign press:

“The investigation is an unanchored fishing expedition.” Barry Sherman filed this response to a lobbying comissioner's allegations that he ran afoul of the rules when he held a Justin Trudeau fundraiser before the 2015 election. Sherman was still trying to quash the investigation days before he was found dead alongside his wife, Honey. Meanwhile, the Toronto Star has uncovered the couple’s history of suing the builders of their home, which was just recently put up for sale. (Sherman’s orphaned cousins, who have spent a decade trying to pursue a piece of his billions, are still planning to appeal a suit that was dismissed in September.)

Bike thief sighting stirs debate about what can be done. “It’s like taking candy from a baby,” cycling advocate Jared Kolb told CBC Toronto, amidst its investigation into a rising bike theft crisis. A photo of a sunrise bandit in action along the Yonge Street strip sparked a Reddit consensus about how authorities aren’t doing enough to end this trend.

Z103.5 squeezed into speaking about Orangeville. The pop station, based in Etobicoke, has positioned itself as a Toronto outlet for over two decades—in spite of a spotty signal—even though it’s licenced to serve Dufferin County. The CRTC has finally put its foot down: it has ordered Z (pronounced the American way) to start referencing its small-town origins on the regular.

Legal weed date has fallen out of joint on paper. Justin Trudeau clarified that cannabis will become legal “next summer,” and not on Canada Day, which pot czar MP Bill Blair previously declared inappropriate. While legalization plans continue to roll out, Statistics Canada released numbers that show marijuana is almost as popular as wine. Meanwhile, the stats agency is trying to crowdsource the perfect price point. The effort is more sober than other recent statistical findings:

Swiss Chalet wants diners younger than 55. Cara Operations’ craving for a youthquake at its main chain is now most visible at a location in Barrie, whose three zones have entirely different designs, including what the company calls a “watering hole.” Along with menu additions like sriracha honey Brussels sprouts, the Chalet now offers taco poutine and deep fried mac and cheese balls. Even so, the chain is being careful not to enact the kind of changes that will frighten the old-old-timers away.

The Riverbed will blanket the city in Yoko Ono. A quiet exhibition coming to the Gardiner Museum on February 20 is being touted as a counterpoint to the mania to see Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors at the AGO around the same time. The Ono exhibit is tethered to a series of events that run through May 17—right before the 50th anniversary of when John Lennon first rolled with her for the album Two Virgins.

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Loblaw is giving a $25 gift card to every person who even pretends to remember that they bought an illegally-priced loaf.

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