The dismantled signs of Mel Lastman’s downtown delusions. Renovations are about to alter the atmosphere of the North York Central Library—which looks kind of like the Toronto Reference Library at Yonge and Bloor, only with more ‘80s hairspray. (The overhaul will close the NYCL for “several weeks.") Sacrificed will be the circa 1987 signage—but Toronto Public Library plans to save the large letters in its archives.

Kathleen Wynne’s $19-million upside-down bridge. Turn to page 496 of Ontario auditor general Bonnie Lysyk’s report, as the National Post’s Chris Selley did, and you’ll find a tale of a pedestrian bridge that Metrolinx commissioned for the Pickering GO station. The winning bidder installed a truss upside-down, but was paid anyway. Then, the same contractor damaged $1 million worth of glass and built a stairway too wide. (Then, they got another contract, worth $39 million.)

Kellie Leitch's spotlight keeps on shining. A day in the life of the Conservative leadership candidate includes: a Maclean’s dispatch from the Simcoe-Grey riding she parachuted into (“Her house is an empty, sterile shell”); a Facebook post highlighting comments from a relatively obscure blogger who called her supporters “slack-jawed yokels from the foothills outside Ignoramestan”; a proposal to legalize mace and pepper spray for self-defence; and somebody noticing that her anti-CBC website didn't buy the dot-ca.

Book Television can now be bought for $4. Starting today, TV providers in Canada are required to offer specialty channels à la carte. But the most notorious example of a useless cable station—which Bell Media bought from CHUM—still survives despite its ownership abandoning any pretense of caring about it. Being included in cable bundles has scored Book Television about $2.5 million in pre-tax profit for each of the past four years.

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Rogers Media almost out of print. A new wave of layoffs at the company's magazines wasn’t much of a surprise. Ken Whyte, the Rogers executive who spearheaded a reboot at the now-mostly-digital Maclean's, used the occasion to take a dig at what was recently presumed to be the golden stepchild of the Rogers empire:

The pros and cons of extending last call to 4 a.m. For Vice, Michael Rancic reviewed the viewpoints aired at city hall this week, including this one from councillor Shelley Carroll: “If you have a couple of square blocks of nothing but giant dance palaces playing nothing but recorded music, you're just asking for the guns to come along with." (Carroll clarified that live music is okay by her.)

The GTA's Circle K will be in Brampton. While the rebranding of Mac’s Convenience Stores will happen gradually in the months ahead (there are already four in Ontario with the new name), this area will get its first switchover very soon, on December 14. It won’t be until May that all Toronto locations sport the new branding, ushering in an era of terrible Keanu Reeves impressions.

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The self-description of Antoinette Hughes, whose generic petition against John Tory’s road toll proposal somehow merited a column by Sue-Ann Levy.

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