Julie Payette’s spot of history couldn't stay hidden. iPolitics found a record of the incoming governor-general's 2011 assault charge in Maryland. Payette, who lived there with then-husband Billie Flynn, responded by saying she was “immediately and completely cleared many years ago.” Still, in light of a prime minister who suspended other alleged assaulters, it has raised some questions:

John Tory wants a marijuana tax to waft across Toronto. The mayor is asking Queen’s Park for a “special levy” on recreational cannabis sales to support bylaw enforcement come next summer. But now here’s Manitoba premier Brian Pallister arguing the provinces need yet another year to get everything ready. Meanwhile, former Assembly of First Nations chief Phil Fontaine believes legal weed could be a conduit to reconciliation.

Dizzy is getting a statue before Drizzy. Drake’s Toronto boosterism isn't paying off for him quite yet. But a 13-year-old orange and white cat who's a fixture on Draper Street will be getting a statue as part of a nearby feline-themed promenade—a counterpart to the canine fountain in Berczy Park.

Beach residents steamed at trailer renting water stuff. The stand-up paddleboards and kayaks offered by iPaddle Adventures on the east-end boardwalk have angered nearby residents enough that one of them is demanding a 20 per cent tax break, because, he says, his house is worth a half-million less as a result. The kiosk owner concedes that he might’ve wrecked a few views, but he didn’t chose the location: that was decided by the city as part of a local initiative. (Farther west along the beach, the Boardwalk Place complex, owned by controversial lease-holder Tuggs Inc., is also under some renewed fire for renting umbrellas and chairs.)

Toronto native becomes the most hated gentrifier in NYC. Becca Brennan, who describes herself as a “reformed corporate tax attorney,” launched the cocktail bar and self-described “boozy sandwich shop” called Summerhill in her adopted home of Crown Heights. Among the place's features: wine bottles made to look like Colt 45 beer in brown paper bags. But what Breenan described as a “bullet-hole-ridden wall” inside is really cosmetic damage left over from a former corner store.

Postmedia tabloids are now maybe finally “unacceptable.” Paul Godfrey has infamously said his newspapers "haven't become unacceptable" as a result of cost-cutting. But a series of unfortunate events this past week suggest an intervention is needed. First, the Toronto Sun overstated Canada’s donation to the Clinton Foundation, which fed the U.S. fake news machine. Then, cribbing a reposted March 2014 article from BlogTO, the Sun reported on classical music blasting in TTC stations—an initiative which has since been cancelled. Also, there was another front-page typo, this one regarding a poll about what “cyclists should have be be.” But the worst offence was Postmedia's freebie, 24 Hours, using these stock images of British soldiers:

Harvey Atkin dead at 74. The former real estate agent’s breakthrough screen role as bumbling camp director Morty Melnick in Meatballs led to decades of Canadian acting ubiquity, alongside roles in Cagney & Lacey and three flavours of Law & Order. But the gig he could count on the most was being the commercial voice of Leon’s Furniture.

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Workers dismantling the sign atop the former Trump Toronto, soon to be known as the St. Regis, gave fake news media a new file photo.

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