“Socialist punk rocker with a big heart” coy about anticipation for NDP leadership bid. Charlie Angus won’t deny that he’s going to seek Thomas Mulcair’s job next year. The media in his Timmins-James Bay riding was told this is nothing but "speculation in the papers." Nonetheless, the former member of the band L’Entranger—whose sidekick Andrew Cash was an MP in the previous term—appreciates the potential epitaph:

Pierre Trudeau statue is part of a Chinese billionaire's effort to sweeten a relationship with Justin. A report from the Globe and Mail reveals the existence of a $1,500 cash-for-access fundraiser. One attendee later made a sizeable donation to the University of Montreal and the Trudeau Foundation—including $50,000 for an effigy of the prime minister’s pop.

Doug Ford lied about what his book would be like. Despite his thunderous bluster during a press conference announcing his book's publication, Doug Ford now has to answer to the fact that the finished product is as benignly banal as the excerpts suggested. He blubbered about taking "the high road" when asked about the toothlessness on Newstalk 1010. The promo tour includes a Twitter chat, which has revived some unanswered questions—although HarperCollins Canada staff are doing their best to drown those out:

Today's edition of 12:36 is brought to you by A Daughter’s Deadly Deception, the new book by reporter Jeremy Grimaldi, who spent ten months watching the trial of Jennifer Pan—and now has a story of all-consuming love and devious betrayal for you to devour. 

Andray Domise denies assault claim ahead of court date. Charged with three counts of assault for allegedly abusing his former domestic partner—plus one count of mischief for allegedly breaking her phone—the now-suspended Maclean’s columnist and activist offered his side of the story to the National Post. Domise admits damaging the phone, but denies the abuse. “Similarly to many others who find themselves accused of this type of offence,” Domise’s lawyer told the Toronto Star, “(he is) the subject of falsities and allegations.”

The original “Hallelujah” is still too dark for most. Posthumous attention scored Leonard Cohen his first single on the Billboard Hot 100, with a number 59 entry for the gloomy 1984 recording of his most famous song. But the easier-listening Christmas album version by a cappella millennials Pentatonix leapfrogged over it, landing at number 56. Just think, right before Cohen’s final album and subsequent death, a New York Times article declared the song was finally over:

Toronto’s infamous “professional tenant” finally surrendered for something. James Regan, who was recently evicted from an Avenue Road apartment whose owner was the latest in a long line of people who say they were financially victimized by himturned himself in to police this morning after allegedly punching and kicking a previous landlord.

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Mayor John Tory suggested last night that the city might try to inspire this emotion in TTC fare-evaders by publishing their photos. (Now, he says he was simply "musing.")

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