Toronto Police News won’t be a local version of Cops. A daily no-budget newscast produced by the Toronto Police Service promises an “unfiltered” look at local law enforcement. It has launched amidst CityNews-driven hysteria that it will be "propaganda" during a time when officers are scrutinized like never before. TPS says the show will “dispel urban myths that crime is everywhere in the city every day.”

“And we are still debating and still questioning whether life was a divine intervention or whether it was coming out of a natural process let alone, oh my goodness, a random process.” New governor general Julie Payette’s astronaut past made her an ideal keynoter for the Canadian Science Policy Convention in Ottawa, where she brought an opinionated attitude to the ceremonial role. After lamenting misinformation on subjects from health and medicine to climate change, she chastised newspapers for running horoscopes.

Yonge and St. Clair loses its newsstand. The corner of 2 St. Clair West long belonged to a United Cigar Store, where you'd imagine CFRB curmudgeons like Gordon Sinclair picking up the new issue of Saturday Night to go with their stogies. Such glamour faded somewhat with a name change to the Great Canadian News Company, followed by a 2014 takeover by Gateway. (The last time the store was newsworthy was for selling Charlie Hebdo.) Alas, prime real estate for print media couldn't last, and so the space will get a rebuild for its next tenant:

Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project will try for a second take. “I have a moral obligation to edit and expand my film,” Barry Avrich tells the New York Times, “and not just by tacking on an 11-minute ending about him as a sexual predator.” The documentary was one of a series that Avrich produced on movie moguls—although he previously wondered if the TIFF deal he got from IFC Films was part of a scheme to bury the project. (The distributor asked for edits but denied any ulterior motives.)

Paw Patrol gets deconstructed by an exasperated parent. Toy makers producing cartoons designed to sell their wares is nothing new, but there's something strange about Paw Patrol, the invention of Toronto company Spin Master. Jason McBride visited its sound studio in an attempt to solve the mystery. His closest thing to a conclusion is that the “narcotizing” appeal relates to the show's depiction of heroic helpfulness, which stimulates a level of consumerism that not even a prime minister's child was immune to on Halloween.

The great trainwreck days of The Rebel are staying alive on Twitter. Laura Loomer, who spent three months as Ezra Levant’s main lady of pro-Trump stunt journalism, got herself banned from both Uber and Lyft after suggesting a “non-Islamic form” of ride-sharing during a day of tweeting about the aftermath of NYC’s Halloween terror attack. It was even too much for fellow ex-Rebel fixture Lauren Southern, who responded with a GIF facepalm. Loomer saw it as a sign of Southern not being true to their common cause.

Slow take their time to cash in on alt-rock notoriety. The Georgia Straight gives the cover to the returning Vancouver band that became most infamous for flaming out onstage at Expo 86. The remnants then formed a band called Copyright, but the head of Sub Pop Records has long pushed for a reunion of the original lineup. Meanwhile, pioneering Toronto punk band the ‘B’ Girls are finally releasing their debut album 40 years after the fact.

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Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation will be the official name of the province's weed retailer. The new acronym was released amidst other details of the impending legalization

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