Doug Ford is trying to get two jobs at once. The declared mayoral candidate is now also running in the snap Ontario PC leadership race to replace Patrick Brown, which will pit him against interim leader Vic Fedeli, if not also Caroline Mulroney. (But more possibly not John Tory.) At the same time, the party is dealing with the fact that its membership database was hacked in November. Party president Rick Dykstra announced his resignation, a decision he explained as voluntary, amidst sexual assault allegations dating back to when he was a federal MP in 2014. And here’s MPP Randy Hillier responding to a claim from Ontario PC candidate Goldie Ghamari that he once tried to bully her out of entering politics:

“I’m not going to be the one to send the Twitter mob after them, because no one’s an island; we all have family and kids.” Bridget Brown, a former CTV News staffer, made that comment about initially opting not to name the ex-colleague who invited her for an introductory 2006 chat at “the storied building where he worked," where he made advances that she claims ended with him ejaculating in front of her on the fancy carpet. Soon enough, Queen’s Park reporter Paul Bliss—who'd been busy with Patrick Brown’s downfall due to sexual misconduct allegations—was suspended pending an investigation.

Bruce McArthur is now charged with five counts of first-degree murder. Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi and Dean Lisowisk have been added to the list alongside alleged victims Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen. Police believe there are still more victims who've yet to be identified. Despite no bodies being found before now, human remains have been located in planters, as investigators continue to work their way through McArthur’s past landscaping clients. The disappearances of these and other missing men commonly had what friends described as double lives. The relationships were also researched in tandem with recent online activity:

Murder is now officially the case for the Shermans. Police concurred with the findings of private investigators, declaring Barry and Honey Sherman's deaths a double homicide, much to the relief of associate Frank D’Angelo—while Joe Warmington regrets having promulgated sources that suggested murder-suicide. Meanwhile, a report from The Fifth Estate revealed that Barry Sherman’s final hours included his lawyers filing a $150,000 lawsuit against convicted eHarmony con artist Shaun Rootenberg, who met former Garth Drabinsky associate Myron Gottlieb in prison, a link that led to Sherman regrettably investing in a charity trivia app that was alleged to be "a fradulent scheme."

The dusty last days of a retail hoarder. Dencan Books and Magazines, a half-century-old store on Dundas West in the Junction, has started to clear its inventory of “well over 100,000 items,” with six months left in business. Eddie Roberts, the owner for the past 22 years, first encountered it as a place to add to his collection of old TV Guide issues—in line with an aesthetic that has been preserved ever since. Coverage of the dishevelled store supplies imagery of heaving print piles that no digital analogue can replicate:

Yonge and Dundas circa 2018 lacks the style of Los Angeles circa 2019—let alone 30 years later. “This photo of Toronto is unreal. Looks like Blade Runner,” a tweet that's been shared or liked nearly 200,000 times, helped draw attention to the photography of Lucan Coutts. (At least one compliment pointed to how bleak the exterior of 10 Dundas East comparatively looks in daylight.) The original Blade Runner was known for its use of corporate logos including Cuisinart, Pan Am and RCA—along with Atari, which incredibly survived to Blade Runner: 2049. But aside from the universal commonality of Coca-Cola, the photo illuminates how blandly suburban most of these wordmarks are:

Newspapers now have to be worried about falling off the federal funding radar. Heritage minister Mélanie Joly confirmed a support measure for ailing journalism in the next federal budget—but with a reinforced caveat: “We have been clear: we will not bail out models that are no longer viable.” The vagueness of that supposed clarity triggered publication of a Globe and Mail poll crowing that most Canadians support such funding; Torstar chair John Honderich unfurled another scroll with a 10-point claim of how his company can be more easily saved by changing a bunch of rules.

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Cambodia has arrested and detained 10 tourists, including two Canadians, for what was officially described as "dancing pornographically."

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