“I can't tell you enough how excited I am to be re-entering the arena.” Coverage of the 2018 municipal election begins much like the 2010 one did—with George Smitherman all but declaring that he’s already won. This time, the losing mayoral candidate says he'll aim for a council seat instead.

Charlie Angus launched his NDP leadership bid at the Horseshoe Tavern. The bar where Angus saw his first punk rock show at 15—the legendary The Last Pogo concert—became the launchpad for his bid to replace Tom Mulcair. Angus was resplendent in a new suit that cost him $160. "I spent the money because we're going to bring a little bit of class back to politics," he said. (Avi Lewis, last seen trying to upend the NDP, was earlier that day debating Doug Ford about which one of them is an elitist.)

Woman in subway scrap video insists she didn't sit on anyone. Miel Vasulka talked to the Toronto Star a week after her confrontation with a young man who wouldn't take his feet off of a subway seat. But the 56-year-old is unrepentant about being a manners vigilante, and got in a plug for her ebook, Creating Peace, Balance and Lasting Mental Poise.

Vox credits a 16-year-old Canadian girl with taking down Milo Yiannopoulos. The detailed story of how pseudonymous high schooler “Julia” helped surface and promote a YouTube clip of the alt-right provocateur defending child molestation is an intriguing read—particularly since her family is “more libertarian than anything.” Julia's major insight was that the evidence would get more traction if it was leaked to an obscure conservative outlet, The Reagan Battalion. But nothing about her account of navigating post-truth media overrides suspicion that Vox is also being played here.

Neil Macdonald’s anti-fake-news crusade leads him to give up on Twitter. CBC Opinion’s principal columnist argues, in a recent piece, that it’s high time for journalists to be licensed, or something. The blowback spurred Macdonald to give up on social media, much like he did five years ago. (He chronicled the quitting process in a column.) this time, Macdonald departed Twitter like Richard Nixon saluting his staff before entering the plane:

Corus shuffling rock radio deck chairs. Along with adding Jennifer Valentyne to its morning show, Q107 will now air highlights of Vancouver affiliate Rock 101’s “Willy in the Morning”—but in the early evening. Over at 102.1 the Edge, efforts to replace Dean Blundell with Fearless Fred (and, for a spell, Rick “The Temp” Campanelli) have come to an end, with Fred’s return to afternoon drive. (He has been replaced by “Edge Mornings.”) The station also retired its distressed font logo in favour of this look:

The 32-year-old record store saviour. Doug Putman, whose Hamilton family owns Everest Toys, didn't get a lot of credit for his low-key salvaging of the Sunrise Records chain in 2014. But now he'll be known for taking over 70 of HMV's 102 locations. (Although he's hoping to open a new downtown Toronto store, the 333 Yonge rent is too high for him.)

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The city's parks and environment committee is recommending that $500,000 be spent on five new waterfront nodes for launching canoes.

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