CBC’s least-wanted talking head speaks. Power & Politics gave airtime to Gavin McInnes, the Vice co-founder and Rebel Media bloviator, so he could defend members of his Proud Boys fraternity—some of whom are now suspended from the army pending an investigation into their disruption of an Indigenous rally. The spot followed a confrontation where CBC's Julie Van Dusen was shouted down as a “white lady” at an Indigenous press conference, which ignited a firestorm of its own. McInnes, meanwhile, delivered a typically insistent defence.

"Stats Canada" tweeter’s 4chan activity leads to a peace bond. A judge has barred Ren Bostelaar from a few specific websites and ruled that he can’t contact his complainants for a year. The decision comes after he confessed to posting photos of women to 4chan without their consent, and then encouraging 4chan users to contact the women. Some of Bostelaar’s victims are upset that the judge didn't consider that Bostelaar allegedly posted some material they'd sent to him privately.

A new meme distraction from the PMO. Justin Trudeau’s current Eurotrip has, inevitably, produced more clickbait: about him going for a run in Ireland, putting on an accent in Scotland, giving a Canada 150 flag to the Queen—and a little more sock diplomacy. (Canadian news outlets are mercifully practicing restraint.) Today, the prime minister will be at a G20 music festival in Hamburg with twin terrors Coldplay and Shakira. Now we have Time trying to make his assistant happen, thanks to a photo of Tommy Desfossés holding a stack of gifts. (Notwithstanding official photographer Adam Scotti showing just how secretly tiring this job can be.)

Brampton politicians are keeping the place from looking cool. Following a failed effort by one city councillor to muzzle media scrutiny, the Brampton Guardian is still trying to get to the bottom of a $1.25-million secret staff fund. At the same time, veteran councillor John Sprovieri is being accused of racial insensitivity after he replied to a email criticizing the ethnic makeup of the council with the line, “I hope that the newcomers will learn the values of the white people.” The city is getting better press for hiring former Buddies in Bad Times Theatre head Brendan Healy as artistic director. (For the time being, the historical apex of Brampton culture remains a radio station situated above a strip mall.)

“Drabinsky University” doesn’t have the same ring to it. Ryerson continues to contend with a contentious push to change the school's name, so as not to glorify Egerton Ryerson's anti-Indigenous beliefs—a characterization that one historian considers a misinterpretation. Meanwhile, the school is being sued for $300,000 by disgraced theatre impersario Garth Drabinsky over this botched deal:

Could the Bentway be the next rubber duck? Now that Toronto is left feeling wistful about a big bath toy, attention turns to where else citizens might enjoy gaggling about downtown. The job may fall to the space under the Gardiner Expressway. A tour of the work-in-progress is stirring enthusiasm for its skating trail and performance spaces.

Bob and Doug could save Edmonton's rebranding debacle. The city's endorsement of a sans-serif logo, punctuated with a little red maple leaf—as a replacement for the fanciful circa 1976 approach—is getting dragged on a national scale, prompting alternative suggestions. Maybe the banality will jolt the city into constructing the long wished-for monument to SCTV, which filmed in Edmonton from 1980-1982. If it gets approved next week, they could get started on it just in time for the imminent McKenzie Brothers-led reunion.

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Ontario Place's new Trillium Park has signs for the blind that are simply flat dots—which the province claims is due to them being "not fully installed."

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