The muffin and coffee discount special. MTY Food Group paid just $1.675 million for two chains on the wane: Timothy’s World Coffee (whose brand is now owned by Keurig) and the once-prominent Mmmuffins (the surviving locations can be counted on one hand) in a sell-off by French firm Le Duff. Similar acquisitions made this Montreal-based company the owner of Country Style, Mr. Sub and Manchu Wok, among dozens of other food court fixtures. Another recent deal to buy the likes of Baton Rouge and Pizza Delight added table service to this portfolio of edible logos:

“Maybe they will focus more on math if they're not talking about anal sex in the classroom.” Tanya Granic Allen played the belligerent role in her first Ontario PC leadership debate, broadcast on TVO—where a more mellow Doug Ford could finally share his insights on selling cannabis (albeit in the context of it becoming perfectly legal). With new party membership sales nearly done, candidates have just three weeks to make a case for getting this job. (On this topic, a correction: yesterday’s newsletter added the proceeds from some $1,200 Brian Mulroney meet-and-greets to daughter Caroline’s formidable fundraising total, but that cash actually went to the riding association.)

Patrick Brown is committed to public therapy sessions. The former Ontario PC leader and his two sisters let their feelings flow in a Global News Radio appearance with Alex Pierson, in which Brown explained all the ways in which he’s a feminist. None of this pleading seems to help, because he's been kicked out of caucus by interim leader Vic Fedeli. Even so, Brown has announced a vow to sue CTV over its report on his alleged sexual misconduct—and he says, for whatever it's worth, that his resignation from his PC leadership position was sent out without his permission (though that seems possibly untrue). Meanwhile, a former politico's vague tweet opened up new Queen's Park intrigue:

Corporate punk band is paying the price for #outHedley2k18. Sexual misconduct allegations that originated on an anonymous Twitter account have now led to Hedley being at least temporarily removed from all mainstream airwaves, along with excommunication from Craig Kielburger's WE Movement. Air Miles will offer a “substitute prize” for its contest to hang out with the band. Press passes for Hedley's current tour have been cancelled. Also, a tattoo artist will cover unwanted Hedley ink for free. (All of this suggests that their statement refuting the accusations wasn't sufficiently convincing.)

A medical lobby once built to heal. The original interior of the Toronto Professional Building at 123 Edward Street, designed with lingering in mind, is the gateway to Dave LeBlanc’s column about the late architect Eugene Janiss, who moved from Latvia to Toronto to specialize in buildings that captured the “far out” look of the Guggenheim Museum. The style was applied to what might've just otherwise been a few innocuous spaces in suburbia:

WeWork provides economic stimulus for articles about WeWork. The co-working company that's cutting a billion-dollar deal with Hudson’s Bay Company has created an industry in explainery magazine articles: Esquire had its bewildered middle-ager likening the young startup environment to the death-by-30 movie Logan’s Run; a piece from The Atlantic had less snark, if only because its editors and writers are working out of there. A more outward glance at one of WeWork's Toronto spaces concludes that it’s the ideal spot for a fake job:

Global gives local news loyalists even more reasons to hate Toronto. Corus Entertainment’s scheme to have Maritime market anchors originating from a national studio in Toronto has resulted in more job cuts, even as Global claims an interest in moving in digital directions. The network will lose a face to the CBC: The West Block host Vassy Kapelos will take over hosting Power & Politics.

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