The last procession of Peter Mansbridge. With the chief correspondent of The National exiting this weekend, the speculation continues about how exactly he'll be replaced, with the CBC offering soundbites that sound like a lot of stalling. Mansbridge has said he hopes for a deal to stick around in some form—although he changed his mind about doing a daily podcast. For now, the CBC salutes his national service, and his decision not to take that big offer from CBS three decades ago.

“We don't need to register for a deadline, we don't need to tell you we're coming, we don't need to pay money for a float. We're just going to take up space.” Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder Rodney Diverlus defended the group's sudden appearance at the end of the Pride parade. Meanwhile, even Sue-Ann Levy admitted the event generally turned out alright, even with uniformed police banned from the proceedings. Also featured: Justin Trudeau’s socks stitched with “Eid Mubarak.”

U2 have a song to play for Canada Day. En route to The Joshua Tree anniversary tour in Cleveland on July 1, Bono and the Edge have promised a stopover in Ottawa, the sort of blessing not granted since the U2 frontman helped to coronate Paul Martin. Naturally, the heritage minister's excitement invited irritated reactions to this Irish infiltration:

The mob rules on Jonathan Kay’s essay on Twitter tyranny. Kay acknowledged reactions to his National Post exegesis on how social media has changed the intellectual landscape—although he also noted a trend of dismissals from familiar critics who didn’t even seem to have read it.

Postmedia’s most notorious board member wants to be the President Trump of magazines. David Pecker hopes his American Media can acquire Time, Inc., even as he retains a voice in the future of a certain Canadian newspaper chain that's now hoping for a lifeline from the Liberals. A new feature about Pecker in The New Yorker is primarily due to his close friendship with Donald Trump—reflected most bizarrely in Pecker's flagship tabloid:

NXNE burned out on the asphalt of the Port Lands. Michael Hollett promised the Porsche-sponsored music festival (his sole focus, now that he has left Now Magazine behind) would be “social media heaven.” But digital evidence showed the crowds failed to materialize at the main outdoor event. (No wonder a couple who boarded its Ferris wheel claimed to have been left stranded on the ride for half an hour.) At least Toronto now has an event drawing comparisons to the infamous Fyre Festival—even though this one actually happened.

Prisoners of Gravity goes down to earth on a podcast. Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy talked with the three principals behind the 1989-94 TVO series, lauded for its in-depth interviews with science fiction creators. Show host Rick Green credits the legacy to the fact that many of the interviewees didn't show up rehearsed. “They were really struggling to describe what they were trying to do," he says, "because they’d never been asked about it before.”

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High Park Zoo's capybra triplets have been named for the members of Rush.

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