“They’re working dogs, we get it, but no dog should be put through that.” A gift of a Groupon for dog sledding at Windrift Kennels in Moonstone led a couple to observe conditions that has resulted in an investigation from the OSPCA. Dylan Blake and Natasha Guerriero claim they saw a few dozen dogs being treated cruelly, which included watching one nursing a wound in his arm—which a staffer explained was due to a two-male fight over a female dog in heat. The offer has been cancelled, but the kennel hasn’t commented on what was observed:

The edible-gobbling officer who got caught in a tree. Police sources allege that one of their own, who joined his partner in consuming treats confiscated from a dispensary at St. Clair and Dufferin, ended up suffering from “hallucinations” that led him to leave their car and scale some branches. Jamie Young and Vittorio Dominelli were suspended, with pay, pending an investigation—drawing more attention to Dominelli’s lively social media profiles, which have vanished. (The incident is ill-timed in light of the police union billboard loudly accusing their bosses of putting “safety on hold.”)

Doug Ford’s provincial leadership bid will be getting out of mom’s basement. Following his anti-elites rant in the family compound cellar, a DoFo rally was announced for Saturday night at the Toronto Congress Centre, which others might tolerate on the grounds that it’ll help rally others around a woman to properly replace Patrick Brown. At least Ford can count on his family to stand right behind him, as they did in the basement, although son-in-law Dave “The Juggernaut” Haynes urged caution against blindly accepting the very sort of allegations that opened this window for Ford Nation:

Elizabeth May has ordered an investigation into her own alleged bullying. Claims that the Green leader fostered a toxic work environment have been responded to by her ordering an inquiry into what the party infers is an anti-feminist campaign by “disgruntled former staff.” Meanwhile, the ex-cabinet minister Kent Hehr is recovering from a seizure, presumably brought on by complications from his quadriplegia, which followed allegations of past sexual misconduct. (Chatter about a snowballing #MeToo movement in Ottawa has been further stoked by a big blind item from Warren Kinsella.)

David Frum takes a run on The Exorcist steps. Trumpocracy gets a read in the Literary Review of Canada, where Andy Lamey holds it to account against Frum’s history as a Canadian-bred conservative who coined “axis of evil,” using many words to conclude that Donald Trump is merely a continuation of George W. Bush because something something Guantanamo Bay. But the changing face of Frum is less of a concern at Vice, whose writer Eve Peyser joined him up and down the D.C. staircase featured in the horror movie, to conclude this guy oughta become America’s cool new dad:

The phantom Pepsi logo of the CN Tower. Just as the retweets racked up for a photo of Blade Runner-style insignias in Yonge-Dundas Square, a Redditor revived curiosity about the tower’s bubble being stamped by a soft drink, despite claims that it was residue from a Canadian flag. In fact, the logo went up in tandem with the Pepsi-sponsored Spectacle of Lights during Christmas 1986, even if what's remembered more is ghost signage that survived until the fabric was replaced about 15 years later:

Jay Switzer dead at 61. Six weeks of receiving the Order of Canada from a bed, and six weeks before a planned honour at the Canadian Screen Awards, the longtime CHUM Limited executive died after a brief battle with brain cancer.  An obituary from Hollywood Suite, the outlet that Switzer co-founded in 2010, explains how he got his start as a 16-year-old receptionist at Citytv, whose duties soon enough extended to cleaning George Chuvalo’s spit cup.

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The proposed name for a new CFL team isn't going over well with those who get the reference to an event that killed around 2,000.

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