Diamond and Diamond strikes back. “Media hits hard on personal injury lawyers,” read the teaser for a recent webinar hosted by the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association, where the discussion focused on Toronto Star reports about Diamond and Diamond. D&D managing lawyer Sandra Zisckind, the wife of recurring story subject Jeremy Diamond, took issue with this: “We were unfairly targeted by the media,” she wrote the OTLA, “shouldn’t that be the story?” So, the Star got one more article out of it, while D&D keeps on mannequinning:

Health Canada might be asked to hit the panic button on CRTC policy. The broadcast regulator’s requirement that Canadian broadcasters air U.S. Super Bowl commercials (on the grounds that they’re part of the creative content) takes effect with the game on February 5. But two Liberal MPs are now speaking out against what Bell Media claims will be a $40-million hit to its annual revenue. (For what it's worth, the NFL likewise doesn't agree with the CRTC decision.) One way of asserting Bell's right to air its own commercials might be to get Health Canada to block ads for pharmaceuticals that aren’t approved here.

The selfiest MP in Canada. An audit of social media in the the Justin Trudeau era by public affairs firm FullDuplex defined “selfies” as any pictures of a politician distrubuted through the politician's own accounts. Environment minister Catherine McKenna boasts the most of those by a landslide. But the MP with the highest percentage of selfies relative to other types of social media postings is veteran Markham-Thornhill MP John McCallum, whose photos are usually related to his role as immigration minister:

Toronto Sun is down to one Day Oner. Christina Blizzard, a member of the tabloid’s secretarial squad when it launched on November 1, 1971—and its primary presence at Queen’s Park for the past 22 years—has taken Postmedia's buyout offer. That leaves Andy Donato as the last remaining contributor who was there from the start. The recent Canadian News Hall of Fame inductee—seemingly undaunted by criticism of his cultural insensitivity—has officially outlasted his cartooning sidekick:

Airbnb says the future belongs to Rockcliffe-Smythe. The northwest-end neighbourhood might be a mystery to many, yet it turned up at number six on the website's global list of the 17 most trendy short-term rental locales.

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A big property tax jump at the artist centre may result in the expulsion of many cultural organizations that pay below-market rents.

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