“Doug can't get the job done and Christine has proven she won’t. Only I can." Caroline Mulroney wants Patrick Brown to quit trying to clear his name. (His chances of winning still hinge on being the reddest of the bunch.) The attacks from Mulroney have now shifted to Christine Elliott and Doug Ford, whose family friendship has some wondering whether he'd drop out to back her relatively quiet campaign. DoFo insists he’s in it to win something:

“Justin Trudeau’s India trip is a total disaster—and he has only himself to blame.” New Delhi-based journalist Barkha Dutt lays out the case via the Washington Post—and she’s hardly alone. The story continues to alternate between the complicated politics of Sikh separatism and the optics of the PM's family acting like the most over-the-top tourists. When it came time to meet Modi, though, Trudeau finally put on a suit.

The dysfunctional royalty of downtown eating. In a Star profile, Kit Kat owner Al Carbone boasts that his middle-finger ice sculptures were the “best investment I ever made.” Carbone's hostility towards the King Street streetcar pilot inspired Kevin Vuong to launch a counter-project designed to get neighbours dining—and even got Carbone to be part of King Street Eats. Meanwhile, on Queen Street, the food court that seemed on the brink of abandonment is gearing up for another rebrand:

Airbnb crisis management magic at work. Short-term rentals are a new favourite of human traffickers, according to police, who noted an uptick in pimps using Airbnbs. Shortly thereafter came Airbnb’s announcement that it will inspect and verify homes for listing on a new elite tier. (New regulations in Toronto forbid owners from being away from those houses for more than half a year.)

The new rusted age of Toronto ghost signs. Quaker Oats advertising revealed on the side of a building obscured by Honest Ed’s inspired nostalgia for a time before most were alive. LRT construction on Eglinton has now exposed another gem: at Glen Cedar Road, west of Bathurst, the remnants of some 1987 Mel Brooks movie advertising:

The Golden Arches can only sound so ironic. Szechuan dipping sauce will return to McDonald’s after last October’s stunt, inspired by Rick & Morty, which led to riots outside some locations—and now McDonald's Canada is again busy on Twitter apologizing for not having sauce of its own. Deadmau5, who paid $15,350 on eBay for a jug of the original Mulan-branded sauce, sated fans by pouring some out in Toronto. McD’s has now released a three-part podcast dissecting the Szechuan sauce disaster, which sounds like an overcooked parody of fast-food training videos:

As the radio dial would turn, if anyone used a dial anymore. Mike Stafford is the new morning male at Global’s 640 Toronto, replacing Matt Gurney as co-host with Supriya Dwivedi. Gurney has been moved to Stafford's former timeslot, 9 a.m. to noon. Over at Sportsnet, Prime Time Sports will swap out Damien Cox for Stephen Brunt and Richard Deitsch, with the latter moving from NYC for the job. And, a decade after shifting its style, CBC Radio 2 will now be known as CBC Music, with a less dreary look.

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Mr. T had his catchphrase vindicated by his fellow Americans, who triumphed in the Olympics. (Canada was better at it when curlers could smoke cigarettes.)

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