The election stage can be yours for a hundred bucks. Registration for the October 22 municipal election has opened, giving early-bird candidates a chance at easy press. Safe streets advocate Sarah Climenhaga is the most eager to have a mayoral debate with John Tory—even though the overriding sentiment is that upstart energy is better spent on council seats. Attention came cheap enough for TDSB trustee Chris Moise, who's running for a downtown seat. And some attention was paid to a fellow TDSB trustee similarly looking to win:

City councillor trying not to leave Beach blight behind. Mary Margaret-McMahon, who announced that she’ll be moving on from city hall, outlines what she has tried to do for the most eastern end of Queen Street. The recap appears to be a reaction to a story about how retailers taking a chance on the area's vacant spaces have found it a tough slog.

“When a BRO shows up early for his reservation but can't understand why his table's not ready.” Grant van Gameren, the restaurateur whose company, Overbudget Inc., has some swanky new headquarters, showed the other side of a Saturday night at his Bar Isabel: a video of a customer kicking a bathroom door hard enough for it to hit the floor. The intemperate patron’s date was welcome to stay:

The new age of clickbait about “incels.” Curiosity about the ideologies cited as inspiration for the North York van attack caused a spike in Google searches for a word that earnestly originated in the late-'90s with a female student at Carleton. A week later, the articles have continued to explain “lonely weirdos who can’t find girlfriends.” But a contrarian take from Debra Soh argues that the attack shouldn’t be blamed on toxic masculinity.

Motherhood gets all the big ink. The latest from Toronto writer Sheila Heti garners a long rave from the New Yorker and a shorter one in the New York Times. (“This book is endlessly quotable, and a perfect review would be nothing but quotations.”) Seems like the sort of musing once expected to flourish online now finds more potency in print:

The coast is clearer for Canadian fans of Donald Trump. “Hard to believe that the White House Correspondents' Association and journalists managed to make President Trump the respectful soft spoken person in the room,” tweeted telecom scion Edward Rogers. "Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a class act and should need to sit and listen to hate speech from the WHCA.” The remark led to blowback—but Rogers argued he was just being a good feminist. Meanwhile, with a book about to come out, this guy is expressing extra empathy:

“Despacito” brother busted! One of two accordion players invading TTC trains on the regular was fined $235 after two warnings—the impression that they’re visitors from Rome who can’t speak English appears to be legit. The official infraction was “interference with ordinary enjoyment of the transit system.”

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Alumni of this high school are angry that name-change nominations have been narrowed down to exclude their preference for one that retains the original brand.

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