The Degrassi High guide to legalizing weed. Cannabis continues its crawl to legalization in about a year, while potential players continue to line up marketing strategies. Now here’s a piece from Rebecca Haines-Saah, who played the surly “Kathleen” on the original Degrassi (she's now a health professor at the University of Calgary) advocating for 18 to be the legal age for buying marijuana, based partly on her past experiences:

“The money has been paid.” Omar Khadr’s controversial $10.5-million payout to settle a lawsuit over rights violations at Guantanamo Bay was reportedly floated to his account while Canada was arguing about it. (Ottawa is officially keeping the exact amount confidential.) The widow of U.S. Delta Force soldier Christopher Speer filed a court application to try and enforce a $134-million wrongful death claim against Khadr weeks before the government struck its apology deal.

Looking for the “dirtbag left” somewhere in Canada. Cutting through the thorough political profiles and lukewarm hot takes that dominate Maclean’s: John Semley deigning to explain the freshly irreverent style of people challenging the liberal status quo, particularly their flagship podcast, Chapo Trap House. (For now, a Canadian angle seems more about navigating Twitter battles and surveilling alt-right ideology—although making socialism sound fun might be something a new NDP leader can pick up on.)

Power & Politics is sorry about the way Gavin McInnes was interviewed. Hannah Thibedeau, filling in on CBC News Network, started Thursday's show by explaining that Power & Politics' discussion about Proud Boys-affiliated military members disrupting an Indigenous event in Halifax failed to acknowledge that McInnes, who was a guest on the show, was recently under fire for anti-Semitism. Thibedeau tried to make up for it a day later, but the show still failed to challenge his false statements.

The Signal is signing off CBC Radio 2. Laurie Brown’s atmospheric late shift, which originated as part of the music station’s contemporary overhaul in 2007, is about to embark on a farewell tour. Promises of a replacement host with a similar sound haven’t made fans any less sad. The show's relatively quiet evolution over the past decade is charted in a recent interview with its host:

McMansions threaten to murder more mid-century modern. While the Toronto housing market continues to teeter on panic, somewhat offset by stability in the condo market, there’s nonetheless a fear that the modest 1950s suburban-style houses around Finch and Dufferin will be engulfed by the grotesque soon enough. (Bathurst Manor Plaza was shuttered last summer pending redevelopment.)

The oral history of Meatballs is missing its breakout star. Vanity Fair delivers much detail about the Cancon summer classic, shot 39 years ago at Camp White Pine in Haliburton. It's no surprise writer Eric Spitznagel couldn't get Bill Murray to elaborate on attending the film's 1979 Toronto opening while in character for his next role, as Hunter S. Thompson. Spitznagel also couldn't track down Chris Makepeace, who played the young protagonist. (Makepeace is a recluse last spotted doing Blu-ray extras for his 1986 movie Vamp.)

Word of the moment


Cineplex has once again posted this sign at the front of its Scotiabank Theatre. The infamous electronic staircase is expected to be working for TIFF.

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