Frosting barrel bearer may not even know he's a celebrity. A photo taken by tweeter Craig Calhoun has racked up considerable attention. It shows a man on the southbound Lansdowne bus with a 30-gallon drum, apparently full of icing for Taco Bell Cinnamon Twists. (Calhoun says the guy got off at St. Clair.) While the shot has provoked many questions, the icing man remains unidentified, and he hasn't responded to clickbait. Cinnabon acknowledged the meme, but it's really Taco Bell who should be rewarding him for all the promotion

John Tory comes to Patrick Brown’s rescue. The Ontario PC leader might have problems articulating his message, but one of his party predecessors is here to help. A meeting with Tory led Brown to proclaim that he’ll be a “partner the mayor can depend on.” Cue transportation minister Steven Del Duca turning up at city hall to say that Tory was “over the line” when he told Etobicoke public housing residents to call their Liberal MPPs to complain about their home's state of disrepair.

Defence minister is struggling to win this battle. Harjit Sajjan came to question period with a promise to own his "mistake" of claiming to have been the “architect” of Operation Medusa in Afghanistan. But what Sajjan considers an innocent error sounded like a bald-faced fib to others. Leave it to the opposition to crank up their outrage with a catchphrase:

Ranked ballots win over London, Ontario. The first-past-the-post voting system will be municipal history there in 2018, making London the first Canadian city to make such a switch, despite grumblings about the increased cost of elections. Despite much momentum, the push for ranked ballots withered last December in Toronto, raising questions about the motivations of the councillors who killed it.

News industry salvation remains unresolved. Heritage minister Mélanie Joly called for a “true redefinition” of the media business during the Canadian Association of Journalists Conference last weekend, even as she's urging patience while the government tries to figure things out. So, the chin-stroking continues, most recently in an Abacus Data poll, which found just 16 per cent of Canadians read print news daily, compared to five per cent who listen to podcasts each day. The poll also asked if news consumers think their feelings will be hurt by the potential demise of Postmedia.

The occupational hazards of being an elderly punk. Raymond “Captain Sensible” Burns, who turned 63 a week ago, took a spill off the stage at the Phoenix Concert Theatre during a Sunday night encore. The show didn’t go on. But since Sensible broke just one rib, the British band will make up a couple of postponed concerts soon. The tumble—and its aftermath—can be viewed from a distance:

Some headlines from Hot Docs. Charles Officer’s film Unarmed Verses, about the uprooting of a public housing project at Leslie and Sheppard, has put the area in the spotlight. There has also been some renewed attention for Rosedale’s curvy castle of calculus, built by the late James Stewart, the subject of Integral Man. And a screening brought Gilbert Gottfried to town—for a documentary the comic compares to being in hell—at which some watchers won baggies of Gottfried's hoarded hotel toiletries.

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City hall will consider giving this new name to Scarborough Bluffs Park, to discourage visitors from climbing down the bluffs to the beach and needing to be rescued.

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