Nigel Napier-Andrews is the perfect Annex homeless shelter NIMBY. Councillor Joe Cressy announced the city's plans to buy a former rug shop at 348 Davenport and turn it into a 90-bed emergency facility that even Margaret Atwood can get behind. The Globe and Mail highlighted the dissenting voice of 75-year-old former CBC bon vivant Napier-Andrews, who fears that Tesla owners will have to worry about graffiti, to say nothing of his own Mercedes. Despite such Davenport Triangle Residents Association complaints, though, Cressy has a more distinguished CBC veteran by his side:

Digital disruptions can’t fix Toronto real estate. Whether or not the city beats the odds to win Amazon HQ2, hypothetical concerns still abound over where all those workers would live, and whether their presence would make rents more unaffordable. Airbnb could figure it out, if you believe its hyperbolic new claim that it's “an infinite company.” Meanwhile, floating office space WeWork is taking a cue from Uber, pushing its business as something that civic leaders should get behind.

How many columns can you write about Patrick Brown? Christie Blatchford delivers a contrarian take about the fallen Ontario PC leader, in which she questions his decision to resign without due process. Rosie DiManno has similar sentiments: “It’s not a magnifying glass. It’s an ice pick.” All those Toronto Star columnists angling for angles must've put more pressure on the newspaper's Queen’s Park scrawler, Martin Regg Cohn. Some accidentally published editorial notes briefly exposed how these sausages really get made:

#MeToo ripples over to Ottawa. Justin Trudeau was in Davos, happy to show off his rubber ducky socks at a feminist panel discussion, when he was distracted by a sexual harassment claim about Kent Hehr, the sport and disabilities minister—who’s now out of cabinet pending an investigation. Hehr's ouster was incited by a tweet from Alberta civil servant Kristin Raworth about her first day on the job at the provincial legislature, when she was told not to enter an elevator with Hehr. (When she finally did, he told her, “you’re yummy.”) Another Alberta MP, Darshan Kang, denied some harassment allegations in August, which his former assistant Kristin Morrell says she's waiting to have addressed.

Canadians spent the same on weed last year as Vice Media’s estimated market cap. $5.7 billion is the amount of money Statistics Canada says Canadians spent on pot in 2017. The media company most encouraging of weed use, is valued at a similar amount—even though its Canadian office just cut 23 jobs, about 10 per cent of its staff, after the end of a deal with Rogers. No matter what happens with Vice, all media outlets looking for eyeballs over the next couple years will undoubtedly keep the focus on the devil's lettuce:

Jordan Peterson's head brings more steam than any Instant Pot. Now that his new book, 12 Rules For Life, has hit the top of’s best-seller list, it’s likely to stick around for a while, especially as Peterson gains column accolades from the likes of David Brooks and Peggy Noonan. But also, consider the top competition, which includes two poetry collections by Rupi Kaur, and three cookbooks dedicated to the Instant Pot, triumphing over several titles dedicated to Instant Potting à deux:

“We’re basically done. After 41 years we felt it was enough.” Alex Lifeson’s remark about the status of Rush put a fairly definitive end to speculation after a year in which the dormant band members were honoured with an artpark, inspired the names of the three High Park Zoo capybabies and Dan Rather visited Geddy Lee at home in Rosedale. The confirmation sparked several tributes, including one in the Buffalo News—whose columnist Jeff Miers credits Rush with saving his life.

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