Folksing it up with Doug Ford. “It’s his first time in the Northwest and he understands how to talk to these people like he’s their neighbour over the fence,” tweeted TVO reporter Jon Thompson while watching DoFo debut in Thunder Bay. Now that the race for Ontario PC leadership is evidently between Ford and Christine Elliott, the latter received an apology from the former for claiming that his team made him lie about her. Another true Elliott fact: she does her very own grocery shopping.

“Quite frankly, I believe this process looks like something that was designed by a bunch of 25-year-olds sitting around a table in downtown Toronto.” Barry Raison of Pembroke groused to CBC News about the Ontario PC leadership voting process, which requires computer savvy that older members lack. Meanwhile, Liberal MPP Arthur Potts will table a private members bill to lower the provincial voting age to 16, even though only 44 minors have taken advantage of early registration.

Kevin O’Leary’s debt-paying party promises every trending topic. You can pay as little as $39 to see Sylvester Stallone, Alex Rodriguez and Pitbull at the Real Estate, Biticoin & Wealth Expo, but “Mr. Wonderful” is charging $2,000 for admission to his joint appearance with Shark Tank co-stars Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran at Casa Loma. The proceeds will fund O'Leary's failed federal Conservative leadership campaign. (He says he'd rather pay the half-million himself, but because the rules won't let him, he's promising to match every dollar spent on his event with a charitable donation.) O'Leary's chat with Corcoran will touch on topics including sexual harassment in the workplace. Cuban will talk blockchain, bitcoin and basketball, plus his potential run for the White House.

“The Ungovernables” bring anarchy to Hamilton. Locke Street was where a band of masked vandals dressed in black caused $100,000 in damage on Saturday night. Speculation is that the incident related to the anarchist book fair at Westdale Secondary School. Joe Warmington went there to try and connect the dots, sort of like when Jack Klugman confronted teenage punks on Quincy.

The kid in the Ward’s most famous photo now has a name. Some tax assessment records and deductive reasoning—with an assist from—helped Chris Bateman identify the girl in the best-known image from the city’s first official photographer. The photo of life in St. John’s Ward, a slum in the shadow of Old City Hall, is well known to local history buffs. The tumbledown homes in the shot were located in present-day Nathan Phillips Square. According to Bateman's research, the girl is probably Dorothy Cooperman, who lived with her family in a 127-square-metre home, valued at $75—the present-day equivalent of about $1,650.

“Newfie” is more offensive to Twitter than to the Cub Scouts. Edmonton illustrator Darren Calvert found his work under fire when @Canada shared his stereotyped national characters in honour of #PokemonDay. His decision to give the name “Newfie” to a dog in an oil slicker cranked up some backlash that led to a deletion—and Calvert later removed Newfie from the official version. “I feel like a real artist now that I’ve had my work censored by the government," he tweeted, while also noting the work was used elsewhere without outrage:

The people who triggered “Peoplekind” are preceived as a sex trafficking front. The World Mission Society of God, whose member’s exasperating question at a town hall prompted Justin Trudeau to coin a word, became the subject of Fake News in U of T’s Mississauga campus newspaper, The Medium. Despite sex trafficking rumours about the Korean church, there doesn't appear to be anything nefarious going on.

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The sugary alcoholic energy drink made in Quebec will no longer be produced, following the death of a 14-year-old girl who allegedly drank it from stolen cans.

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