Canada is now almost completely united in contempt for Kevin O’Leary. The reality TV star turned Conservative leadership candidate kicked up enough of a fuss about vote-rigging to get 1,351 party memberships cancelled. (O'Leary alleges Maxime Bernier’s camp was behind the scheme.) Now, one of O’Leary's organizers is being accused of offering to pay for somebody else's party membership. Lisa Raitt wants anyone caught cheating expelled, and Kellie Leitch gets a new angle of attack, but Brad Trost wins this round:

What’s the story, Mr. Tory? Perhaps the strangest story out of city hall since the days of Rob Ford, as reported by the Toronto Star: “Mayor John Tory supported gender equality motion, office lobbied against it.” Kristyn Wong-Tam, who initiated the equality push, isn't impressed—and the story helps frame the rumour that she’s considering a run against Tory next year. Forum Research is stuck on the idea that Tory’s rival would be Doug Ford, who still scores 32 per cent support without hardly trying.

If the world won’t remember Rob Ford then at least Joe Warmington will. The next Ford Nation rally is scheduled for the Woodbine Banquet Hall on Wednesday—the first anniversary of when cancer claimed the ex-mayor. A memorial has already been printed by the Toronto Sun, where Rob was to its Scrawler what Chuck Berry was to rock ’n’ roll.

Senator Don Meredith’s lawyer is a hero for the age of alternative facts. Selwyn Peters has emerged as a quotable character as he defends his senator client, who has admitted to an affair with a teenage girl. “It takes two to tango,” Peters told CTV’s Power Play, where he said the situation wouldn't be taboo in other countries. Peters believes that his client, appointed by Stephen Harper in 2010, wouldn’t face cries to resign were he a member of the “old white boys club.” (In fact, old white boys club emperor-for-life Conrad Black believes the contrite Meredith deserves to stick around.)

Twitter comedian confesses to encouraging harassment of women. Ren Bostelaar apologized on Facebook for posting women's photos and contact information on 4chan—but he claims that any images he shared were available online through other sources. (His lawyer wouldn’t comment on allegations that some of the photos were intended to be private.) Bostelaar photographed cyclists of all genders in states of undress for #BikeRackTO, a project whose website has been closed. But he got the most circulation for working on parody Twitter account Stats Canada—until this past weekend:

Lilly Singh’s social media monetization machine. How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life is sure to be a bestseller for Scarborough’s most famous YouTube personality. Articles about her never fail to note how much money she’s already making: $7.5 million is the guess for the past year. Coca-Cola, Skittles and Smashbox are her primary benefactors, according to AdWeek, which heralds Singh as “Digital Creator of the Year” for her ability to never offend anyone. (Or, at least not yet.)

Graham Gladwell dead at 83. A notice in the Globe and Mail lived up to what you'd probably expect for Malcolm Gladwell's mathematician dad: “He was the author of five books about inverse problems, the theory of elasticity and the theory of vibration, all of which were entirely incomprehensible to anyone outside of his rarified corner of academia.” The send-off notes the professor would’ve been amused that he passed on March 11, 2017, a date with “a rare sequence of three prime numbers."

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"Do Not Disturb," a track from Drake's new "playlist" album, More Life, references a youth spent idling in a mall bookstore adjacent to a Cineplex.

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