The correct pronunciation is “sick-bow.” Premier Kathleen Wynne hopes for 150 Cannabis Control Board of Ontario stores by 2020, putting an end to present-day dispensaries—and halting the ambitions of drug stores. Of course, for that to happen the federal government needs to follow through on a pledge to make it legal by next July. The timing of Queen's Park's announcement seems conspicuous:

John Tory joins the wave of mayors wolf-whistling at Amazon. Jeff Bezos is asking cities to bid for the right to host a second North American headquarters for Amazon, and the prospect has sent mayors everywhere into a frenzy. (Even Kitchener-Waterloo wants in.) Toronto’s mayor obviously can't resist making a bid, in line with his commitment to promoting innovation, no matter how many stories have been published about Amazon working conditions being less than ideal.

“Film festival” arrives to sell you vacations and educations. A prime stretch of King Street is closed to traffic through the weekend so that TIFF gawkers can be pitched products via interactive displays. Meanwhile, human brand activation Lady Gaga stuck around after a couple of concerts to promote her Netflix documentary, Five Foot Two—even if she’s been upstaged by this progenitor:

Nearly no one’s listening to TSN 1050. Numeris ratings data from the past three months show the station deep in the cellar. The overall 0.3 per cent share of local listeners is lower than when CHUM pulled the plug on its first try at sports broadcasting in 2002. (The Fan 590 scores a 4.7 in the 25-54 male demographic.) Bell Media probably won't give up on it, though, because TSN is tied to a national strategy to parallel Rogers Sportsnet. The companies just started doing sports radio battle in Vancouver.

The Hilarious House of Frightenstein gets a vinyl solution. No one imagined any desire for a soundtrack album for the series, which debuted on CHCH in 1971. But one is being released on November 6. The project’s producer claims he spent months negotiating for rights with the estate of ghoulish emcee Vincent Price, who appears on one of the four album covers. The platter's primary presence is the late Billy Van, who banged out 130 episodes playing most of the roles, even though the gig didn't include ownership of the characters.

A kid born around Y2K wants to make a smartphone called Frank. Moe Omer, a 17-year-old from Ottawa, co-founded an effort to produce the cheapest possible smartphone. The first 500 will be sold for $180—later jumping to $220—although the promise is predicated on reaching a $250K crowdfunding campaign goal. (Perhaps the push will benefit from confusion with a satirical magazine.)

Graydon Carter was lucky to get started before Google. Vanity Fair’s editor-in-chief announced that he’s stepping down to pursue a third act. The beginning of his first one, in 1973, involved co-founding a magazine called The Canadian Review. Carter's exaggerated claims, clashes with staff and ultimate bankruptcy weren’t very public until after the Toronto native became the co-founder of Spy.

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The city's insurance company says it has no liability for damage to a former restaurant in Moss Park, which was torn up to rescue a man wedged between two buildings.

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