Kim Campbell finally gets recognition for a second thing. Canada’s 132-day prime minister finally added to her legacy by commenting on Twitter about a suggestion that women keep their arms covered while speaking publicly, which Campbell feels should also apply to TV news. The comment unleashed fury from anchorladies defending their right to bare arms—along with some poeple who noted the time Campbell posed with a robe she wasn’t wearing. The attention made this one more thing that all Canadians are expected to have an opinion on, at the risk of tearing families apart:

"I stand absolutely by the truth of what I said to CTV.” One of Patrick Brown’s two accusers is standing behind her story, except for the part where she said that she was a high school student and under 19 when the former Ontario PC leader allegedly dropped his pants and told her to perform oral sex on him in his home. Brown has hired a private investigator and denied the allegations. He claims to have unconvered a friendship between the accuser and a CTV reporter, though CTV's latest update to the story asserts “no previous contact with any of the journalists that would influence the reporting.” After a recent Facebook-based attempt to refute the accusations, Brown’s next stop is Global News, where he'll cast himself as the victim of "a public assassination.”

Where the Sidewalk Toronto has only just begun. The cost of downtown living has soared to the point where desperate young renters have to make fake movie posters. So Alphabet’s plan to turn Quayside into a Google-powered paradise deserves more scrutiny. At The Atlantic, disruption academic Molly Sauter compares the optimism surrounding the Sidewalk project to the euphoria that greeted Target Canada (now defunct). She also talks about how American companies are fond of chewing up and spitting out Canadian acquisitions, and the apparent lack of transparency about data collection:

“We’re very, very close to the end,” claims Torstar chair. John Honderich gets a hearing in the Globe and Mail—appropriately, behind its subscriber paywall—as heritage minister Mélanie Joly gets ready to announce some form of federal support for the news media, which won’t include any money for "models that are no longer viable." Honderich lays blame for the Toronto Star’s dire straits upon Google and Facebook, along with CBC News. Meanwhile, Torstar has announced an end to its paid student reporter internships, cuts to freelance and travel budgets, and reduced car privileges for staff.

Black Panther brings out batty virtue signals. The newest Marvel Studios superhero movie has inspired successful fundraiser preview screenings from the likes of the Black Business and Professional Association. But publicity for these initiatives might also be inspiring some unnecessary over-accommodation, like this apparent posting from the politically conscientious realm of the local Facebook group Bunz Helping Zone, by a member conflicted about whether or not to buy tickets:

Jerry Seinfeld might be trolling @Seinfeld2000. Jason Richards, a one-time Toronto journalist who now works for weird-meme-maker Super Deluxe, is five years into his meta-parody of a hacky Twitter account that strove to answer the question, “What if Seinfeld were still on the air?” In the middle of his usual routine—which involves framing current events through a Seinfeld-ian filter—Richards was shocked to learn that his wishes could be granted:

In defence of Michael Bryant heading the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Jonathan Kay lays out the case at Maclean’s in response to scalding criticism of the CCLA's decision to hire Ontario's former attorney general, who avoided a trial related to the death of bike courier Darcy Allan Sheppard. The questioning of Bryant's appointment comes as the justice system he once served seems at risk of being overruled by social media.

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Misspelled graffiti on the historic Leuty Lifeguard Station did a disservice to the Nazi legacy of the Beach.

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